By Tamara Peredo
A possible overturning of the Roe v. Wade ruiling can illegalise abortions in over half of the 50 states in the USA.
A document of a opinion draft written by Justice Samuel Alito in February was leaked a few days ago by Politico. In this draft a discussion of why the Roe v. Wade should never have been.
”Roe was ’not constitutional law’ at all and gave almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.’” it is stated in the draft. The discussion that took place in the Supreme Court argued of how before 1973, when the Roe v. Wade ruiling was established as a constitutional law, each State was allowed to address the issue based on the views of its citizens.
And at the end of the opinion draft is says that ”it is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Even before this document was leaked 31 states already begun applying bans on abortion. These bans has shortened the time period to get an abortion.
The first type was signed in April 2022 in the state of Florida, and it prohibits abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Which is eight weeks less than what was previously allowed by law. The second type of abortion ban is a bill that has been approved in Oklahoma, and it prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
But since the opinion draft was published by Politico 13 states has placed something called ”trigger laws”. What these laws are, is that if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, an immediate ban of abortions will be placed in these States.
Although, if the Supreme Court comes to the conclusion to overturn the ruiling it would oppose the majority of the American population. Figures reflected by CBS News last year showed that 62% of those asked didn’t want Roe v. Wade overturned.
The ruiling of whether the constitutional abortion law Roe v. Wade will be overturned or not is due at the end of June, or early July.