A leaked draft opinion recently suggested that the United States Supreme Court was about to overturn Roe vs. Wade. The landmark case made abortion legal in all fifty states. If the draft decision is adopted by the land’s highest court, years of safe and legal access to abortion will be in serious peril.
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have released a statement on the matter. The former president shared the document via social media. The Obamas made no qualms about their thoughts on the potentially drastic decision.
“Today, millions of Americans woke up fearing that their essential freedoms under the Constitution were at risk.
If the Supreme Court ultimately decides to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, then it will not only reverse nearly 50 years of precedent — it will relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues.
Few, if any, women make the decision to terminate a pregnancy casually — and people of goodwill, across the political spectrum, can hold different views on the subject. But what Roe recognized is that the freedom enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution requires all of us to enjoy a sphere of our lives that isn’t subject to meddling from the state — a sphere that includes personal decisions involving who we sleep with, who we marry, whether or not to use contraception, and whether or not to bear children.”
Individual states would have the right to regulate abortion if Roe vs. Wade is overturned. In several locations, existing legislation passed by conservatives would make it instantly illegal. Pro-choice activists have been outraged by the potential consequences. Barack and Michelle Obama are mortified by the idea and its potential long-term effects on our society.
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