An elderly woman who started working in family planning that day Deer vs Wade The verdict says she never thought she would be fighting for abortion rights again in the Supreme Court 50 years later.
Carol Folk traveled from her assisted-living home in Virginia to protest in the US Supreme Court on Saturday after the country’s highest court overturned the constitutional right to abortion and took reproductive rights back to the 1970s.
She held up a sign from her wheelchair that read “Abortion Access Social Worker” and shared it The Independent She has seen the impact abortion bans and restrictions can have on women — especially low-income women.
“I never thought it would be changed,” she said of the landmark Deer vs Wade Verdict.
“I was hoping it wouldn’t be like that, but today I hope we can change it again.”
On January 22, 1973, Ms. Folk began her first day of work in family planning counseling.
The Supreme Court ruled on the same day Deer vs Wade Decision that mandated abortion as a constitutional right of the American people.
Recalling a “lucky day” that would protect women from dangerous, illegal abortions, she expressed fears the US would now back down.
“My first day on the job was when Roe v Wade came in and it was a happy day … They had so many stories of people getting bad reactions to bad abortions and we hope we don’t have that again,” she said .
Five decades later, she stood before the Supreme Court again with her daughter, Freddie Folk, protesting for the rights of women, including her two granddaughters and great-granddaughter.
said Freddie The Independent Her mother called her on Friday when the Supreme Court released its verdict, asking her to take her to court.
“Mom was a family planning councilor for a county at the time Deer vs Wade passed, and she recognizes that this will deprive women of options, especially for low-income women who cannot travel,” she said.
“This was very upsetting for her yesterday and she said she called me yesterday and said ‘we’re going down there’.
“And I said ‘not tonight, we’re going down tonight’.”
She said her mother “wants women to continue the fight as it’s not over yet.”
“She has a personal interest in it,” she said, adding that she too is concerned about her granddaughter’s generation.
The mother and daughter were among the hundreds of pro-choice attorneys who gathered at the Supreme Court on Saturday in response to Friday’s ruling.
Many held up signs and chanted “f*** you SCOTUS” and “my body, my choice” while a small group of anti-abortion protesters also gathered outside the courthouse to counter-protest.
The US Supreme Court overthrew the landmark on Friday morning Deer vs Wade Ruling ending the fundamental right to abortion for millions of women across America.
In case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health OrganizationThe nation’s highest court ruled 6-3 in favor of a Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy.
All six Conservative justices voted to uphold the state’s abortion restriction, and in the process five — with the exception of Chief Justice John Roberts — voted to strike down the 1973 law roe Judgment guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion, and that in 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey Judgment that had further cemented that right.
In its historic decision, the nine-member court effectively took back the reproductive rights of the American people by 50 years and put power over women’s bodies in the hands of the states.
While the leak of a draft expert opinion last month revealed the court’s plan to overthrow roeThe decision was somewhat unexpected, as Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both swore under oath during their confirmation hearings that they believed the verdict set precedent.
Abortion immediately became illegal in several Republican-run states, including South Dakota, Louisiana and Kentucky, after they introduced “trigger laws” to outright ban the procedure roe was overturned.
The three liberal judges wrote in their dissent that the verdict meant the end of women’s role as “free and equal citizens” in the United States.
“It is with sadness – for this court, but even more so for the tens of millions of American women who have lost basic protections of the Constitution today – that we disagree,” read the statement by Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
“Whatever the precise scope of the coming legislation, one outcome of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights and their status as free and equal citizens,” they wrote.
In the majority opinion, Judge Samuel Alito wrote roe and Casey are “enormously wrong” and “must be overridden”.
“Roe was terribly wrong from the start,” he wrote.
“Your reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision had harmful consequences.
“And far from bringing about a national solution to the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have ignited debate and deepened divisions.”
Addressing the nation from the White House, President Joe Biden called it a “sad day” for the nation and vowed to do “everything in my power” to protect abortion access across the country.
“The health and lives of women in this nation are now at risk,” he said.
“It is a sad day for the court and for the country.”
He urged voters “to make their voices heard” by electing officials in the midterm elections who “re-establish a woman’s right to vote in federal law.”
The final ruling comes over a month after leaking a draft majority opinion on May 2 revealing the court’s intention to end five decades of abortion rights.
Following the leak, several Democrat-led states took action to strengthen abortion protections, while Republican states introduced “trigger laws” to ban or severely limit access to abortion once the ruling was in.
Around half of all US states are now likely to ban or severely restrict abortions roe was rescinded.
There are growing fears that abortion is just the beginning of several rights that are now being attacked, with the constitutional right on which Roe was based – the 14th Amendment right to privacy – also being used to set precedents in other cases, including the Right to contraception and same-sex marriage law.
In his opinion, agreeing with the majority decision, Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should also “reexamine all of this court’s material due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and upper skin.
“We have a duty to correct the error found in these precedents,” he wrote, citing rulings that Americans have a right to contraception, same-sex sex, and same-sex marriage.