The Days After Roe
This is what to expect after the SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade
The recent leak of a Supreme Court brief gives the American public a sneak preview of what might be coming from the highest court in the land — the long-awaited and long-feared overturning of Roe v. Wade. The battle that has been going on since 1973 is coming to a head. When the decision will be rendered is still a mystery, but it seems like soon. Already people in the pro-life camp are celebrating, while people in the pro-choice camp are strategizing what steps to take in the event Roe is overturned.
When the decision is handed down it will not be the end of the fight, however. The overturning of Roe will not mean the end of abortion. It will only turn the decision over to the states to decide. Here is where the battlefield will shift to. In states where abortion is outlawed or severely restricted, people will not have recourse to appeal to the Supreme Court. In other states, the right to an abortion will be protected, and those who are opposed to abortion will continue their fight.
Immediately people on both sides will rush to their state legislatures to pass legislation either protecting or ending the right to terminate a pregnancy. In red states, it is likely the state legislatures will pass laws banning abortion outright with no exceptions, not even in the case of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. Already in the purple state of Wisconsin news articles have appeared stating if Roe is overturned, the only exception to a complete abortion ban will be to save the life of the mother.
Protecting the reproductive rights of rapists is an important issue to the pro-life movement in Wisconsin, as are the reproductive rights of incestophiles. I remember when Wisconsin used to call itself “The Progressive State.” That seems a million years ago now.
Robert LaFollette must be rolling in his grave.
In the deep blue states like New York and California, abortion is likely to remain legal. This is not to say there won’t be an all-out effort by the pro-life movement to make inroads. There definitely will be, though they are unlikely to be successful.