Post-Roe, many Americans wondered how the Supreme Court decision may have impacted women’s rights. Some questioned if women’s rights were lost or infringed.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruling did not remove women’s rights; instead, these rights may have shifted in another direction. This blog post will further explore this shift.
In 1973, American women were given the constitutional right by the Supreme Court to have an elective abortion without the need for a life-threatening diagnosis supporting that decision.
This ruling meant that women could choose to end viable, healthy pregnancies without experiencing a pregnancy complication or without meeting any additional criteria that directed them toward that choice.
For nearly 50 years, this ruling stood. However, in June 2022, the Supreme Court again convened, after months of extensive deliberation on this issue,and decided it should be up to each state to determine its own abortion laws.
Now, each territory will regulate its abortion laws and restrictions based on the vote of the people and their representatives. The people were directly provided with the power to make these restrictions based on the legislation of their elected representatives.
Women may continue to invoke their 19th amendment right to vote for representatives who will ensure their voices are heard. No matter where women stand on the abortion issue, they can elevate their voices by researching candidates and by voting for the lawmakers of their choice.
Furthermore, women can invoke their right to free speech, educating other voters on their stance. By using an array of platforms to voice their opinion on the abortion issue, women have the opportunity to reach audiences that, together, can make a significant impact.
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This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.