On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision to the constitutional right to have an abortion.
The long-term effects of the Supreme Court ruling are unknown, but here are some popular opinions on possible outcomes:
“This decision will push abortion to the center of every political race in the country and polarize U.S. politics even more.”
A post-Roe America will feature a stark divide among states, and vast gaps in access to health care for women based on their zip codes. While red states impose criminal penalties, blue states will expand taxpayer funding for abortion. American women will be living in two very different countries.
‘Making abortion illegal will not materially affect the number of abortions.’
Making abortion illegal will not materially affect the number of abortions, but it will drive the practice underground once again, thereby endangering the lives of women.
‘Abortion opponents will not be appeased until abortion is entirely eliminated.’
All states with trigger laws or six-week “heartbeat” bans that will go into effect once the current injunctions on them are removed. By the end of 2022, it will very likely be half of the states in the country.
Abortion opponents will not be appeased until abortion is entirely eliminated from our country, and they will without a doubt force this onto the entire nation should they ever gain full control of all three chambers of government.
This sudden cleaving in the United States will go far beyond abortion access, affecting healthcare, the criminal legal system and politics, at all levels, in the coming years.
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