Dear Members of the University Community:
The ruling today from the U.S. Supreme Court has brought to the forefront an issue that generates strong opinions and feelings. Abortion is arguably one of the most polarizing issues of our time.
As a leader of a public university, my personal reactions will remain private because ultimately my responsibility is to ensure that our institution is a place that encourages rigorous debate, dialogue, and engagement.
As of today, the court’s decision does not change the operations or services of the university. We will continue to monitor new and proposed legislation so we can be prepared for any decisions that may have an impact on the university and those we serve.
No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, I ask that you help ensure that the University of Iowa is a place for open and respectful discussion of differences. Please find constructive ways to have your voice heard by participating vigorously in our democratic process.
Barbara J. Wilson