As many of you know Roe v. Wade, a groundbreaking precedent set in National law for the United States of America, was overturned in the last couple of weeks. In light of this I would like to divulge into a couple of different outcomes and responses to this event. They will be positive, negative, and Interesting to say the least, and perhaps they will inspire important discussions.
A very pivotal outcome from the overturning of legalized abortion was how some of the justices (primarily justice Clarence Thomas) said they’d like to look at different precedent cases in light of the recent events. These precedent cases would be Griswold vs. Connecticut, which made it a right to seek contraception, particularly for married couples; Lawerence v. Texas, which made it legal to engage in private sexual acts; and the most recent case being Obergefell v. Hodges, which was the 2015 case that made same-sex marriage legal nationally. All of these precedent cases are in danger of being overturned in the near future according to some of the justices and (former) politicians. Whether or not this is true is yet to be seen, but a case as powerful as Roe v. Wade being overturned after half a century makes this possibility seem much more likely than before.
Another response to the recent court case was the overwhelming support from business, politicians, and other forms of higher institutions for those possibly seeking abortions. For instance, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods (Lauren Hobart) has recently become viral over the internet for her email of support to all of her employees. In her email, she states that she fully affirms the right to receive an abortion by all those that can have them and she says that she’s willing to support all of her employees emotionally, logistically, finacially if they wish to have one. Another example would come from the United States border, the northern one in particular because Canada has issued a statement that says they will accept all those wishing to have an abortion but can’t have one because their state has banned it. This form of support is endearing and spreading throughout the country.
Regardless of one’s stance on the matter, it is quite interesting to see how those most affected by this verdict are treated by the institutions that either control them or house them. It raises questions about what is next, but those questions will have to be answered with time and patience. For we have yet to see what will come next for the United States of America and its various institutions.
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