Dear Students:

As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in this country. This represents perhaps one of the most consequential and contentious rulings in our lifetime. As a result of this decision, Louisiana has enacted a state law banning abortions except in instances where the mother's life is at risk or the fetus is "medically futile," including an ectopic pregnancy.

Ahead of this formal ruling, we convened two working groups comprised of subject matter experts from Campus Health, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, Human Resources, Government Affairs and other offices and departments that are both student and employee-focused. These working groups have been endeavoring to understand the ruling's impacts and what changes we will need to make in response.

Although their work is ongoing, please know that Tulane will continue to support the university community's healthcare needs, including those involving reproductive health, to the fullest extent allowed by law. We also will continue to provide counseling and support to community members whether they choose to terminate their pregnancy or bring their pregnancy to term.

We recognize abortion is one of the most divisive issues of our time, and members of the Tulane community have passionate, deeply held opinions and convictions on this matter. Tulane encourages the free exchange of ideas and opinions on issues such as this with respect for a wide array of different perspectives.

We also know that this decision is deeply troubling for many in our community. Any student who needs support managing these issues, or has questions about available reproductive health services, is encouraged to schedule an appointment with Campus Health. All conversations with healthcare providers are confidential. Regardless of their views on this issue, students who need support managing the stresses associated with the way this issue is impacting campus life may contact Case Management & Victim Services at 504-314-2160 during normal business hours, or the Student Affairs Professional On-Call at 504-920-9900 after hours and on weekends. Students seeking confidential support may contact the Counseling Center during normal business hours at 504-314-2277 or The Line after hours and on weekends at 504-264-6074.

Please know that we are deeply committed to supporting our community and helping individuals navigate issues that may arise for them personally or collectively as a result of this ruling.

Erica Woodley
Dean of Students