Americans outraged as Roe v. Wade is voted to be overturned


Doris Lee, Editor

Roe v. Wade was a major court case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 22, 1973 that the Constitution protects a woman’s right and freedom to choose to have an abortion without severe government interference. As this was quite a revolutionary and historic decision that would protect women’s rights for years to come, many Americans erupted into an uproar when they learned that the Supreme Court was voting to overturn the case.

This insider information of the Supreme Court’s current process was released to the public by POLITICO, who was able to obtain the initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. In this opinion, Alito argues that Roe v. Wade should be overturned because the right to abortion is not explicitly stated in the Constitution. This argument sparked worries among the American population as it would prove to pose a threat to other rights and liberties that were relentlessly fought for by their ancestors.

For instance, many worry that overturning the Roe v. Wade decision could allow lawmakers to attack freedoms such as the right to purchase and utilize contraceptives, engage in same-sex and interracial marriages, and have a say in medical decisions at risk.

As of right now, no concrete decision has been released on the fate of Roe v. Wade; however, many Americans are utilizing this time to lead protests in order to rally support in fighting for legal abortions. With incessant cries of “My body, my choice” now circulating societies and communities at this time, Roe v. Wade supporters hope that their efforts will not only provide women the right to choose abortion but also protect them from unsafe and illegal abortions that would likely result from the ban.