The Economic Risks of Overturning Roe: What Are the Implications for Smart Cities?


November 3, 2022

The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade is equivalent to a major policy change in federal and state rules for households, businesses, and the economy. In the aftermath of the Dobbs decision, significant changes to state laws governing reproductive rights are expected to have immediate impacts for more than thirty million people in the United States and their families. Disproportionate health and economic consequences are anticipated for young, low-income, minority women, and the vulnerable communities they live in. In addition, the changes in state laws are expected to exacerbate maternal mortality and childhood poverty. Other potential socioeconomic costs include reductions in women’s participation in the workforce, lower educational attainment by women and their family members, reduced diversity of the talent pool, and greater economic division between the states restricting reproductive options and those that expand them. Unless a major policy correction is delivered from the federal level, this disparity alters the economic landscape for development innovations such as Smart Cities, especially those located in the restrictive states.

Robin Cantor moderated a panel of experts to examine the more significant healthcare and economic risks affected by the shifting abortion treatment among states and Smart Cities and what can be said about the potential socioeconomic costs.

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  • Welcome/Opening: Jennifer Morrissey, Energy Counsel, and Co-Editor in Chief, Dentons Global Smart Cities & Connected Communities Initiative Think Tank Editorial Board, Dentons US LLP
  • Susan Banks, Partner, Health Care Group, Dentons US LLP
  • Yana Rodgers, Professor, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University
  • Mayra Pineda Torres, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology

The event was hosted by the Society for Risk AnalysisSRA Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group, SRA Risk Policy & Law Specialty Group, and Dentons Smart Cities & Connected Communities Think Tank.

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