The Supreme Court may soon vote to invalidate the monument Roe vs. Wadedecision. The 1973 case secures federal constitutional protections for abortion rights, but that may soon change.
Robin Marty is the director of operations at the Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa. The abortion clinic is just one of three operating in the state. She said the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade would change the abortion landscape not just in Alabama but across the country.
“At this point, Florida is the only state that has a constitutional right to abortion, and that’s already in jeopardy,” Marty said. “And if anyone challenges the 15-week ban that’s about to go into effect in July, that could open the door for the state Supreme Court to say she didn’t either. the right to an abortion. If that happens, then there’s no abortion from Texas to the coast.
Pro-life and pro-choice groups brace for what life might look like after Roe vs. Wade . Pro-life lawyer Herb Geraghty of Rehumanize International said it would be a step in the right direction.
“It’s a step to correct that mistake,” Geraghty said. “And to finally rule in favor of justice for the unborn child. Because as it is now, Roe V.Wade does not allow state legislators to enact laws their constituents actually want, which in many states provides more protections for unborn children than Roe V. Wade does not allow.
Currently, there are only a handful of operating abortion clinics in the state. Alabama Women’s Center Tuscaloosa is one of the oldest clinics in Alabama.
“There are currently three abortion clinics in Alabama. We’re the one that provides about 50 percent of the abortions in the state,” Marty said. “There’s one in Montgomery, Alabama, and they usually provide services about once a week. There’s also one in Huntsville and that’s an abortion clinic that’s also opened a birthing center. And that’s how he intends to stay open after Roe.
Pro-choice organizations say overthrow Roe vs. Wade would violate human rights. But Geraghty said the unborn child should be protected.
“I don’t want people to see this as taking back rights, but rather as expanding human rights and using this opportunity to meet the needs of women, families and people who can get pregnant who are not currently not satisfied,” Geraghty said.
Geraghty says the pro-life movement doesn’t end with Roe vs. Wade being overthrown. In fact, he says, this is just the beginning.
“I think right now, in our current climate, we have a situation where the majority of abortions, according to pro-abortion and pro-choice people,” Geraghty said, “statistics say most people choose the abortion because of financial coercion, basically that they feel like they can’t afford another child or they already have too many children.
Marty agrees it’s a difficult climate for people to give birth, and she said her clinic is working to help.
“Alabama only allows birth control at no cost through county health departments. There’s one in every county and sometimes the waiting list is two, three months long to get in” , she said “We want to be able to provide that to people and we have been working for 18 months to get approved by Medicaid, by the State of Alabama, to be approved by insurers so that we can offer contraception to people who have insurance but do not have their own doctors.
Marty said she doesn’t think the Supreme Court will overrule Roe vs. Wadewill be the ultimate end of abortion services.
“I’ve always said that I didn’t expect abortion to be completely illegal in the United States, just because conservatives need it way too much to get re-elected,” Marty said.
Marty said there is a political aspect to consider around abortion, which could mean even more change after the possible fall of the Roe decision.
“I also think that when we’re at a point where abortion is completely illegal, that probably means that all voter suppression tactics have either failed because, or succeeded because voter suppression is about reproductive justice. . When you limit who can vote, how many people can go to the polls, that’s how you’re able to gerrymander,” Marty said. “That’s how you can get from the United States where we have three Supreme Court justices who were appointed in their place by a president who didn’t win a popular election. So the more you see the right pushing to end all abortions, it’s because they think they don’t need it. And if they think they don’t need it, it’s because they think they’ve figured out how to win elections, even if they don’t have the most votes.
There has been no official word on when the judges might decide to revokeRoe vs. Wadebut the cases are still ongoing until July.