The Overthrow of Roe c. Wade is a devastating attack on women

Maida Suta

Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court case protecting women’s right to abortion, was horribly overturned on June 24, 2022.

When Roe v. Wade was decided over 50 years ago, on January 22, 1973, it single-handedly became one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions in recent history.

Today, a Supreme Court full of men and women who represent a minority Americans have reversed this historic decision and condemned women across the country to a disturbing future where their rights come after the womb inside them.

Abortion has always been a medical term. Miscarriages are also called spontaneous abortions. Conditions like ectopic pregnancies require medical intervention because not only is the fetus not viable, but it can kill the mother. The desire to politicize abortion has always been a method of controlling women and their bodies.

Because frankly, what is the abortion debate if not a way to control women’s bodies?

In a country where the formula has become a luxury because of scarcity, where the foster system is brokenwhere parents must send their children to school knowing that their class can be their tombhow do we protect children?

Being pro-life begins and ends in the womb, because it’s easier to speak for those who can’t speak at all. These people don’t care what happens to the child and the mother after birth.

The moral posture is ridiculous and deadly. Low-income women and women of color will bear the weight of this decision. Women will die, women will go to jail, and children might be forced into this world by a parent who hates their very existence because they weren’t meant to be born in the first place.

What hurts most, however, is the government’s continued failure to codify Roe v. Wade in the law. Whether conservative or liberal, every politician over the past five decades has let us down by not codifying Roe v. Wade.

Abortion should always have been a choice. The idea that women’s bodily autonomy comes after an unborn child is vile.

This decision is an unprecedented tragedy.

What a dark and solemn day for the people of this nation. May the many, many women affected by these horrific decisions find safety in one way or another as the United States moves further and further away from the democracy it claims to be.