The future of abortion without ‘Roe’
Abortion isn’t mentioned in the Constitution – yet the high court ruled on the basis of the right to privacy and due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retired, and current Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have been critical of the decision.
Kristi Hamrick of Americans United for Life agrees, saying the 1973 court got it wrong.
“The Constitution is very clear that things that were not articulated in the Constitution were to be the province of states,” she explains. “So if Roe v. Wade were overturned – and it could be overturned – the decisions about abortion, about laws, about requirements would be sent back to the states.”
Hamrick also tells OneNewsNow abortion wouldn’t vanish if the Supreme Court decision were overturned.
“About a dozen states would probably have abortion widely available,” she suggests. “About another dozen would probably have no abortion or very little abortion, and then the rest would have a lot of limits in the law. And that is the constitutional process, respecting the citizens and the legislators of those states to evaluate how to best protect life.”
Overturning Roe v. Wade, according to abortion supporters, would mean some women would have to go to another state for abortions – but they already must do that in many cases. In Hamrick’s opinion, distance or convenience isn’t the issue to be concerned with: it’s protecting the life of the child and the well-being of the mother.