The Supreme Court of the United States is attempting to eliminate an individual’s fundamental right to privacy in matters of reproductive health, sexual intimacy, and marriage. This will not set the tone for the forthcoming November 2022 midterm elections.
In the United States, the right to abortion has become one of the most divisive social issues. The 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision by the United States Supreme Court has enriched this privilege for the past fifty years. However, Roe vs. Wade has been challenged in court, and state governments have implemented a spate of legislation aimed at weakening the historic decision and making it more difficult for women to exercise their freedom to choose. According to the Guttmacher Institute, without Roe v. Wade’s protection, 26 states in the United States are likely to outlaw abortion.
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on December 1, 2021, a case involving a clearly illegal Mississippi legislation prohibiting abortion beyond 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case is a direct rebuttal to Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision from 1973 that upheld the constitutional right to abortion.
The website Politico published a leaked and draught judgment by the US Supreme Court reversing Roe vs. Wade, a historic decision that has ruled abortion in the US for the past 50 years, at midnight on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2022. The draft’s validity has been certified by Chief Justice John Roberts. According to legal scholars, the language used by the drafter of the leaked document, Justice Samuel Alito, indicates that the court is looking to overturn Roe vs. Wade, which would immediately make abortion illegal in 26 Republican-controlled states, but also to set the stage for a Republican majority Congress to ban all abortion and contraception at some point in the future.
Furthermore, legal scholars such as Professor Laurence Tribe believe that the decision overturning abortion access will pave the way for the overturning of Lawrence vs. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws across the United States and made same-sex sexual activity legal in every state and territory, as well as Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court of the United States is attempting to eliminate an individual’s fundamental right to privacy in matters of reproductive health, sexual intimacy, and marriage. This will not set the tone for the forthcoming November 2022 midterm elections.