A victory today comes with consequences tomorrow
The leaking to the press of a draft ruling to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion has caused a seismic ripple across the nation. It has also tainted the so-called sacredness of the Supreme Court.
An angry Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. lambasted the leak as a betrayal.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the draft ruling “an abomination.”
U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., cheered the prospects of Roe v. Wade’s demise.
“If the leaked opinion is accurate, then today is a landmark day for the sanctity of human life,” he said.
The Supreme Court warns that the draft is not a final ruling, but part of the process of making a decision. But what happens if the end of Roe v. Wade is just around the corner?
For starters, most Americans, at least on a national level, are not supportive of making abortion illegal. A new Washington Post ABC News poll conducted last week found that Americans support upholding Rove by a 2-to-1 margin. Don’t be surprised if that outcome affects the upcoming mid-term elections.
Secondly, the U.S. would return to the pre-Roe status quo. Individual states will be free to regulate or outright ban abortion within their borders, and several more conservative ones certainly will. That means access to abortion options will likely be determined by which major party controls legislatures and governor mansions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 20 states have laws or constitutional amendments that would immediately restrict abortions in most cases. Four more states are likely to enact bans. However, 25 states are unlikely to place restrictions on abortions.
Minnesota is one of the states where abortion is likely to remain legal. However, Republicans in the state have introduced a slate or proposals this legislative session seeking to limit abortion access. But most of these measures are unlikely to gain traction.
All this said, politicians across this nation better start thinking about what’s next when dealing with unwanted pregnancies. The “unwanted” list includes rape and incest victims, teenagers and other young adults who are neither emotionally or financially prepared to be adults, and thousands of single moms simply living in poverty who struggle to take care of themselves.
And keep in mind this ruling will mostly affect individuals who are below the poverty line. Well-off individuals will just hop on a plane and travel to a state where abortion is legal. Welfare and health-care programs, already struggling to keep up with the demand, will need more funding. More children born in poverty-stricken communities will add to the already increasing crime across the nation.
While pro-life advocates may be rightfully celebrating this apparent landmark court decision today, they better be ready to deal with the consequence of that victory tomorrow and carry that philosophy beyond the child’s birth.