Women Are Reeling. We Need to Be Heard  

Women in America are watching the walls close in on our rights not too long after our mothers and grandmothers fought to shatter glass ceilings. On Monday night news broke that the Supreme Court is poised to strike down based on an early draft of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that was leaked and later published by Politico. If overturned, the decision will have resounding effects on the health and autonomy of pregnant people in the United States for generations.

The Roe decision in 1973 guaranteed women federal protections regarding reproductive rights, while the Planned Parenthood decision in 1992 overturned Roe’s trimester framework to accommodate fetal viability analysis, which authorized states to implement restrictions on abortion during the first trimester. If Roe is overturned, then tighter restrictions on abortion access are likely to be implemented in states that do not already have existing abortion restrictions, like Texas. Justices in the majority assert Roe should not have passed in the first place.


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