‘Keep your laws off our bodies’ – Abortion wars in America continue.

Written by Maddison Frost-Skinner. 


‘Roe vs Wade’ Law. 

The ‘Roe’ vs Wade’ law in America protects a woman’s right to an abortion at any stage in a pregnancy. Yet the state of Mississippi has since taken a case to the supreme court to overturn this law and make abortion illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy, meaning the right of a woman’s own body is continuing to be controlled.

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What is happening?

Mississippi has recently taken a case to the supreme court with the hope of overturning the Roe vs Wade law and wanting to make abortions illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Which challenges the only abortion clinic in Mississippi; ‘Jackson Women’s health organization’. The law was set up in 1973 for women to hold the right to an abortion at any stage in pregnancy without government interference, by Jane Roe who took a case against Henry Wade. Though this could soon be changed. In all 50 states of America abortion is legal though if we compare the states who uphold restrictions on abortion which are; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana ,Mississippi, Ohio ,Oklahoma ,New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. Compared to the states who uphold no restrictions on abortions which are; Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii, Virginia and Washington. We can see a huge difference; therefore, we withhold the thoughts of the outcome of the law being overturned.

Women in America and across the world are met with wars due to the laws being made on their own bodies, generally by men. Ongoing protests show women exclaiming the fact that they should have the right to their own bodies and the right to terminate their pregnancy at any stage. The Roe vs Wade law is there to protect a woman’s right to her own body and the soon interference of the law will see a huge impact on women in America. Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated: “If this court renounces the liberty interests recognized in Roe and reaffirmed in Casey, it would be an unprecedented contraction of individual rights. The court has never revoked a right that is so fundamental to so many Americans and so central to their ability to participate fully and equally in society.”

The Potential Outcomes.

With the fear of the law being overturned by Mississippi and abortions becoming illegal after 15 weeks, we ask the question of ‘backstreet abortions. The term came from when abortions were illegal before the 1967 act which allowed women to have abortions under certain circumstances. Yet before the 1967 act women would carry out abortions in the backstreets which were unsafe and unsanitary and would result in severe infections such as; sepsis, hemorrhage and sometimes death. Is making abortions illegal after 15 weeks going to prevent women from having backstreet abortions? Well, backstreet abortions are still around even though the Roe vs Wade law makes abortions fully legal, so we withhold the fact that rise of backstreet abortions will likely increase if Mississippi’s case win at the supreme court. Though it has been confirmed that a decision by the Supreme court will not be made until June. Furthermore, on the 1st November, the court heard arguments from Texas on banning abortions after 6 weeks, yet there has been no ruling.

The Question Of ‘Why’?.

Why is it that laws and restrictions are being made over a woman’s individual body? As humans we have the right to our own bodies yet when it comes to women, who are given the choice to reproduce and have children, there are laws in place, controlling what a woman can and can’t do with their own body. And these laws are constantly being put into place. If the ‘Roe vs wade’ law is overturned by the case bought by Mississippi, women in America will suffer through turmoil over their own bodies.

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