By: Brianna Madison
In January of 1973 there was a supreme court ruling that resulted in a 7-2 vote in favor of a lady named Norma McCorvey. The Roe v. Wade case decision stated that women in the United States had the fundamental right to choose whether or not to have an abortion with no government intervention and that it was considered a right to privacy which is a fundamental right in itself.
On Monday May 2 a draft was leaked from the supreme court that advocated the overturning of Roe v. Wade. While this leaked document is not a final draft banning abortion for good it is highly suggestive that Roe v. Wade will be overturned due to high support of its overturning within the supreme court. If it actually ends up being overturned then a month from that release date the ruling will go into play.
Roe v Wade has been a landmark case ever since its ruling was released. Without it we fail to have certain constitutional rights. It is stated in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that we as people of the United States of America have a right to privacy; that no government shall impede on citizens' rights to life liberty and property. Roe v. Wade is not just a case that is founded on a right to have an abortion but it is also a right to privacy a right to do what we want with our bodies without the government interfering in that part of our lives. Member of the United States Senate Elizabeth Warren was seen at a boycott against the possible change saying “I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women. Wealthy woman can get on an airplane they can fly to another state they can fly to another country and they can get the protection they need. This will fall on the poorest women. This will fall on the young women who have been abused who have been victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs to be able to support the children they have.”
Not only will women be affected by this ruling but all minorities as well. The government has shown how easily they can take advantage of us how easily they can take away our rights. They won’t stop at Roe v. Wade. They will start taking away effective methods of birth control and start taking away the rights of other groups of people in America. They won’t just stop there. They will gain too much power and take away fundamental freedoms. And they won’t just stop there. In the constitution it says that if the government starts to gain too much power and take away our rights we need to fight back. We must get up and do something. Even though you may have religious convictions and be against abortions banning them won’t do a thing to stop them. All this will do is ban legal abortions. Women will still have abortions illegally. Some states such as Colorado are showing their support for women by signing the Reproductive Health Equity Act to protect females' rights. We as individuals need to step up and make a change in our society. One person like me writing an article won’t change a single thing but if more and more people are made aware of the problem at hand and more and more people step up to make a change we can do something about it.
You as an individual can help by going to https://www.change.org/unitedstates-supreme-court-defend-roe and signing the petition to show your support for not overturning Roe v. Wade. You can also show your support by going to some of the boycotts or even simply making more people aware of what is really going on behind the scenes.
Click below to view part of what Elizabeth Warren said at the boycott she attended.