The Aftermath of the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Saurish Srivastava / June 27, 2022

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“Men can choose their baby’s mothers now.” – a quote I saw on Twitter (but cannot find the original tweet now)

America is headed into the past. Yesterday, on June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned Roe v. Wade, which was a monumental case that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion. The actual history of Roe v. Wade is valuable to know to understand the origins of this long-lasting debate in the first place. I urge you to read this article for a good introduction to the court case.

Unfortunately, this decision was not unexpected. In fact prior to this decision, an entire 98-page draft opinion signed by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked by Politico – well over a month in advance. The fact that the decision took place on a Friday is also quite intriguing to me. To me, it seemed that this decision was clearly a very big one that would have a large impact on many in America, and so by conducting these “steps” of ease, it lessens the blow on the working population. This means that most Americans would be upset over the month prior or the weekend, but would continue to go to work on Monday.

I think that was calculated – I do not believe that this was solely by chance.

SCOTUS’s decision on the right to abortions is nothing short of deadly. I find the right to choose whether one wants an abortion or not to be a fundamental right for women. In my mind, I am not able to even fathom how it could not be their choice – bodily autonomy clearly makes more sense to me than this priest who somehow has access to write on NYT on this topic. But, this is not a post about my individual opinion on the matter, it’s about what this means for the state of America right now.

A map from Fortune about the banning of abortions
A map from Fortune about the banning of abortions

Over 36 million women of reproductive age will not have access to safe and legal abortions. States have the individual ability to pass laws to ban abortions (not even taking in consideration fetus age). Some states have already triggered laws that will ban abortions. This is drastic – it’s predicted that teen pregnancies is going to increase by 27% within the next year, because of this decision. It is clear that this decision is not a good one – but, there is still time to fight. To change the course of actions.

I urge everyone of you to get educated, protest, and fight – because this is a simply question of women rights.