In Relation to Roe v. Wade

In Relation to Roe v. Wade

Karleigh Quinn, 10th Grader at BCECHS

Karleigh Quinn

When men are the only people on a panel to ban people assigned female at birth reproductive rights, the political state in America is swiftly losing sight of what its people feel is essential. When the draft indicating that the Supreme Court would decide to overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision was quickly leaked to the public. The leak of the draft led to an intense backlash from everyone who is for the basic reproductive rights of people with a uterus. If and when this decision is made, the primary purpose would be to strip women of basic bodily autonomy rights and leave them with very little control over their futures. Especially considering that 97% (according to the institute for youth in policy) of women will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime, there is no better way to state that we have completely lost rights to our bodies. 


If this ruling is overturned, a lot of other issues outside of abortion rights are likely to be impacted. This case is referred to as a trigger case or umbrella case, which covers a lot of other rulings. This includes but is not limited to the rights to gay marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), rights to birth control (Griswold v. Connecticut), freedom to sexual education (Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey), and medical privacy (4th Amendment – HIPAA). These cases are likely to be reevaluated by the court on the same basis as Roe. v. Wade. All of these cases do not protect the rights that were given in the original American constitution. But in these times, we must remember the social strides we have made in recent decades to better our society and that we have made choices filled with more humanity than those in the past. 


The Supreme Court has no basis for ripping rights away from women. The current law will be overturned with a decision by the Supreme Court to limit abortions and stop the use of birth control. That decision would go against the recent progress on of reproductive rights and take away a woman’s voice in the government platform. Such a move would lead to decisions being made for them by men, who will never be able to understand the struggles many women will face after this decision is made for them. 


In conclusion, the decisions made on behalf of women’s healthcare are going in the wrong direction. The larger public decision is pro-abortion/pro-choice and stands against the findings of the Supreme Court to suppress already minority voices in our societies.