Magazine November 29, 2021, Issue

The Conservative Legal Movement on Trial

President George W. Bush addresses the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., November 15, 2007. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
If Roe stands, much else will fall

The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will come in 2022, exactly 40 years after the founding of the Federalist Society, the association that has promoted conservative jurisprudence and originalism throughout the legal profession and judiciary.

And that’s fitting. Because if the Court overturns the supposed constitutional right to an abortion in Roe v. Wade, or if it weakens it beyond recognition, it will do so when a majority of the Supreme Court’s justices are members and products of the Federalist Society. The press and the public will notice this fact and quickly proclaim such a ruling the crowning

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In This Issue


Politics & Policy

End Roe

In this special issue, we examine the legal arguments, the policy arguments, and the social arguments for finally ending the Roe era in America.

The Law

The Policy

The Social Impact

Books, Arts & Manners


Weird English

A review of Highly Irregular: Why Tough, Through, and Dough Don’t Rhyme — and Other Oddities of the English Language, by Arika Okrent.


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