Dear Grinnellians,

Last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned the right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade almost 50 years ago. In my conversations with community members, I am hearing how the decision elicits a spectrum of responses and seeing how Grinnellians are reaching out to each other as we process the impact of this news.

It is important to know that the ruling does not have an immediate effect in Iowa. The state’s next legislative session is scheduled to begin in January 2023. This means that the College has time to assess what this ruling and potential changes to Iowa law will mean for our students and employees. You can expect further updates as we learn more.

What I can tell you today is that Grinnell College’s response to the Dobbs decision will be consistent with our strong tradition of social responsibility and action and our unwavering commitment to free speech, inclusion, and community. Grinnell will continue to offer students no-cost emergency contraception and access to testing for sexually transmitted infections through Student Health and Wellness. Faculty and staff who participate in the College’s medical insurance plan will have continued access to reproductive health services through Wellmark. A list of counseling and support services is included below my signature.

I am continually proud of the way that Grinnellians energetically engage in debate, protest, and advocacy at critical moments. I have no doubt that you will continue to do so now, and I am grateful for all the ways that you continue to uphold our ideals of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and academic freedom.

With gratitude,

Anne F. Harris
President