The Supreme Court draft decision will overturn Roe v Wade—even though 60% of Americans say Roe should be upheld


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According to a recent leak, the Supreme Court has voted in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

The leak, which is reported to be a 98-page draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, claims that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”

Politico was first to publish the report late on May 2.

“POLITICO received a copy of the draft opinion from a person familiar with the court’s proceedings in the Mississippi case along with other details supporting the authenticity of the document,” Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward said in the article.

Alito’s draft has finally brought into fruition what many abortion rights activists have feared since Republicans were able to take control of SCOTUS during the Trump presidency.

Donald Trump worked to place majority justices on the Supreme Court who would likely overturn the 30 year decision of a woman’s right to choose.

And now, it’s happening.

The fallout from this decision, if it most certainly goes through, will be at the hands of women across America.

We’ve already seen it in Texas with women leaving the state in order to receive the care they need. The number of back-alley abortions to increase as well, which has been seen in countries across the world. Many of which being marginalized women with no other options.

“Illegality forces the poorest women to use the most desperate practices,” an anonymous doctor told Argentinean newspaper Página 12.

That number will only increase if Roe is cast out, allowing states to fully dictate how they treat their women.

According to Politico, “The overturning of Roe would almost immediately lead to stricter limits on abortion access in large swaths of the South and Midwest, with about half of the states set to immediately impose broad abortion bans. Any state could still legally allow the procedure.”

Granting that power to the states could also see those who aid anyone seeking an abortion be sued, just like the provision in Texas abortion law.

“Any person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state, may bring a civil action against any person who: (1) performs or induces an abortion in violation of this subchapter; (2) knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion, including paying for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance,” the Texas bill states.

According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, this is what the country would look like without Roe.

AZ Family even reports that Arizona would be the most effected by the Supreme Court ruling:

#1. Arizona– Policies: High-risk

-If abortion bans take effect in all high-risk states:

— Predicted change in abortion rate: -40.3%

— Affected population: 1,316,221 (94.1% of women aged 15-44)

— New average distance to nearest abortion clinic: 247 miles (1352.9% increase)-

Lastly, the overturning of Roe v. Wade is against the will of the majority of Americans.

A poll conducted in Nov. 2021 by ABC News/Washington Post showed that 60% of the country believed the Supreme Court should uphold Roe. 75% even believing that the decision to have an abortion should be left to the parties involved (i.e. person and medical professional).

Now, as the nation waits to see what will happen next, it is clear that the bodily autonomy and reproductive rights of women across America are still up for debate.

For those seeking medical help or are in need of a consultation regarding an abortion, visit the Abortion fund of Arizona’s website here.