Several States Disregard the Overturning of Roe v Wade, Constitutionalizing Abortion
Roe v Wade was first introduced in 1973. Though the argument was made for autonomy, there was a conflict of interest as to whether or not it should constitute as a freedom under the first amendment. The first ever ruling of this court case essentially legalized abortion across all states. In 1992, the case was revisited, amending the law so that certain states could place “non-strict” bans on abortion. Though this case has been a relevant topic since the day it emerged, the most recent update to Roe v Wade occurred in 2022. In June, the Supreme Court overturned the initial ruling, federally eliminating the right to abortion.
There are a multitude of implications regarding abortion. Over the last several decades, especially, it has been an extremely sensitive and controversial topic. Statistically speaking, it is a bi-partisan topic, as most Republicans are pro-life, while most Democrats are pro-choice. Yet, at the end of the day, it is rooted in one’s morals, ethical code, and conscience.
Though the Supreme Court declared abortion as unconstitutional, states have made revisions and efforts to reinstate abortion efforts and fund clinics such as Planned Parenthood. The state of Kentucky is normally red. However, Democratic Governor Andy Bershar, recently won his second term. This victory was arguably owed much to tearing down his Republican opponent who sought to ban abortion. Virgina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are also among other states whose pro-choice advocates and efforts have skyrocketed.
There are still states remaining that seek to respect the ruling of the Supreme Court and continue to maintain pro-life ideals and laws. Ultimately, it appears that the subject of abortion is valued more than almost any other political topic these days. It seems as though candidates running for governor and other positions of power are heavily scrutinized based on their views of abortion. Despite their political party, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice have significant influence on the likelihood of their voters. It is interesting to see what will happen moving forward.