How the U.S. is Challenging Roe v. Wade


Nicole Desmond

In 1973, the monumental Roe v. Wade decision recognized a woman’s right to an abortion under the fourteenth amendment of the constitution. The supreme court case asked if the constitution protected the right to an abortion, during the time of the Texas prohibition. At the time it was illegal to receive an abortion in Texas, unless it was to save a life. The case was filed by a woman known as Jane Roe, against Henry Wade, the district attorney in Dallas county. The supreme court decided in favor of a woman’s right to choose under the fourteenth amendment, which fell in the right to privacy. This case was a big leap forward in our country, as opinions about abortion will always remain split in the U.S. However, last week in Alabama, a group of all white male lawmakers voted to ban abortion in Alabama with major consequences to the women who receive them.

In years since the Roe v. Wade ruling, states have looked for ways to overturn and further restrict access. Currently, states have leeway to restrict abortion access at a state level. The Supreme Court does have the power to go back on earlier decisions. However it’s unlikely that the overturning of Roe v. Wade would reach the supreme court.

Alabama’s new abortion law is the most restrictive abortion law in the country. This law would not only punish the women who receive abortions, but the doctors who provide them. Doctors who perform the procedure could receive up to 99 years in prison. The bill is set to go into effect in November.

The backlash from this bill has the country divided. Social media definitely has played its part in this. Many have taken to their Instagram and Twitter accounts to call out lawmakers and the Alabama government. Along with Alabama, five other states have also attempted to pass bills to ban abortion. It is not known yet what the Courts will do to stop this, but decisions should be made by the end of this year.