A fight women thought was settled

Roe vs. Wade potentially overturned by the Supreme Court


Morgan Shelton

Teenagers: Abeisha, Emma, Jacolby protest in front of the Supreme Court on May 7, 2022.

Abortion is the right of a woman that should not be up for debate. Politico recently leaked the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning the historical Roe vs. Wade case.

On Jan. 22, 1973, Roe vs. Wade was a Supreme Court landmark case that legalized abortion in the United States with a 7-2 decision. 

Women had to fight for this right over half a century ago and after all of the fighting, it is a huge disappointment to see the problem resurface. If this case gets overturned, it will only cause women to have unsafe abortions that most of the time end in death. 

According to the Ohio Capital Journal, abortions provide a safe way of managing a mother’s pregnancy, with 0.44 deaths per 100,000 procedures from 2013 to 2017. However, carrying out a pregnancy carries a greater risk of death than having an abortion with 20.1 deaths per 100,000 live births occurring in 2019.

Abortion is a right for women to have the choice of whether to bring a human life into the world that they may not be physically, financially or mentally able to care for or to medically remove the fetus and avoid the problems from the start. Many argue that instead of abortion the mother should give the child up for adoption. However, there are already more than 424,000 children in foster care in just the US alone. Which, many of those children go through neglect due to the enormous amount of kids.

According to ChantillyNews.org, 3.4 per 1,000 children face neglect in foster care in the state of Virginia.

Others argue that abortion is the murder of a human and is not morally correct. However, according to BBC News, a baby cannot sustain life outside of the womb until at least 22 weeks into the pregnancy. Until that time in the pregnancy, the ‘baby’ is simply a sack of cells developing from the nutrients of the mother. 

Without universal healthcare or free contraceptives for women, it is hypocritical to take away yet another way of handling unwanted pregnancies. 

This law will majorly affect the poor already struggling community of women who cannot afford a child. Wealthy women will be able to fly overseas and get an abortion; however, the underclass society cannot afford to do that. 

It is also very ironic that almost all of the decision makers of this problem are males. There are no laws that give the government the power to limit any procedures done on the male body. Until a man can give birth to a child they have no right to set laws restricting a woman’s decisions for her life.

This law will also fall on the victims of rape and incest.

Even in the extreme cases of rapes and sexual assault that result in pregnancy, this law will force the woman to carry the pregnancy through and birth the child caused by such a traumatic event. Furthermore, once the child is born the rapist can even sue for custody of that child. 

Many also use religion as a reason, arguing that it is against abortions; however, there is supposed to be a separation of state and church. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution, states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Even though everyone will not agree with abortions that does not give anyone the right to dictate what others can do with their body. 

There has been a flood of protests and organizations that have responded to the potential overturn. For example, marches, protests, posts, news articles and letters to politicians. When wanting to help with this change, people need to take action by finding some way such as protests or posts to state the public’s opinion.