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Why Overturning Roe v. Wade would Jeopardise Birth Control Availability

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito testified in Roe v. Wade. Roe’s associated rights, like contraception, would not be “weakened,” according to a leaked draught judgement overturning Wade.

Some kinds of birth control that opponents incorrectly claim act as abortion-causing medications may be prohibited under laws that broadly prohibit abortions. In the same manner that Roe did, the Supreme Court ruling defining the freedom to use contraception, Griswold v Connecticut, could come under fire.

In the past, debates on difficult topics were fluid. As draught opinions circulate, judges can and do modify their votes, and key decisions can be subject to many revisions and vote-trading, often up to days before a decision is made public. The court’s decisions will not be official until they are published, which might take up to two months.

Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 at the first birth control clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Planned Parenthood affiliates now run over 600 health centres across the United States, making it the nation’s foremost provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and children. Planned Parenthood is also the leading supplier of sex education in the United States.

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Since the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, abortion policy has been a contentious subject. The debate over abortion has expanded to encompass contraception in the last decade (Shortow, 2006). Before Roe v. Wade, some anti-abortion groups challenged the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut ruling, which deemed states’ regulation of private matters (such as the use of contraception) unconstitutional.

Political parties across America are having primaries to pick their candidates for the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Governorship, and state legislative chambers as the Congressional midterm election cycle approaches.

So far, voters’ main concerns have been the economy, immigration, and crime. The potential that the US Supreme Court would overturn the decision and leave the debate over abortion’s legality in the hands of legislators, on the other hand, changes the electoral dynamic swiftly.



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