Five Consequences of Overturning Roe V Wade
The Supreme Court is on the verge of overturning Roe v Wade, a landmark decision that has been in place for almost fifty years. This is a significant step in chipping away at the foundations of our democracy. It will set back equal treatment by several decades. Here are what I consider the significant issues with the proposed decision.
1. The decision will create states with abortion laws in place and those without such laws.
This discriminates against the poor and those who can’t afford to travel to get an abortion. It defines that the state can control your body and ultimately your life in ways that we have only seen in science fiction stories until now.
2. This weakens the foundations of our democracy.
Our democracy was founded on the concept of equal rights for everyone. Each tiny step taken to weaken these rights is a step towards an authoritarian state like the one headed by Hitler.
3. This decision will create environments that are unfavorable for the raising of children.
We all know that children raised in a loving environment turn out to be mentally better off than those raised in broken homes or ones where a caring environment is missing. We already have enough dysfunctional families without the Supreme Court creating more.
4. State laws disallowing abortion inconsistent
The US News and World Report shows the current state of abortion laws in the US and shows that we already have many regulations, and if Roe v Wade is overturned, we can only expect the variety to increase.
5. This action will lead to the criminalization of people who get an abortion and possibly those who assist them
The Texas heartbeat law passed in 2021 bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected. However, it is unique because it is up to individual citizens to file a lawsuit against anyone they suspect has done an abortion or anyone who has aided the person getting the abortion. Several other states are preparing similar laws.
This action by the Supreme Court will have far-ranging ramifications for the future of our democracy. Do we want to continue improving equal rights for all, or are we going to erode these rights to become even more disjointed than we are today?
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, human rights invented America. Jimmy Carter