My statement to Michelle regarding the Supreme Court's proposed decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

My statement to Michelle regarding the  Supreme Court's proposed decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

NAVADENEWS.COM - My statement to Michelle regarding the
  Supreme Court's proposed decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Today, millions of Americans have woken up to fear that their fundamental Constitutional liberties are under threat.

If the Supreme Court finally decides to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, she won't just overturn nearly 50 years of precedent, she'll abandon the most powerful personal decision anyone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologies. .

Few, if any, women decide to terminate their pregnancies at random – and people of good will across the political spectrum may have different opinions on the subject. But what Roe realized was that the freedom enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution obliges us all  to enjoy an area of ​​our lives free from  state interference - an area that includes personal decisions regarding who we sleep with, who we marry, yes or no. we should use birth control, and should have children or not.

As the court has  determined, our freedoms are not unlimited - society has an obligated interest in other cases, for example, in protecting children from abuse or self-harm - and the framework developed by Roe and subsequent court rulings allowed legislatures to impose greater restrictions on abortions later in pregnancy. But this draft decision does not seek to balance these interests. Instead, it simply forces people to give up any constitutionally recognized concern about what happens to their bodies when they become pregnant. According to court logic, state legislatures can order that a woman's pregnancy come to term, no matter how early it is and whatever circumstances led to it - even rape or incest. rotation.

The consequences of this decision will be a blow not only to women, but to all of us who believe that in a free society there are limits to what government does. can intrude on our personal lives. And the move is unlikely to dramatically reduce the number of abortions, which have  steadily declined over the past few decades, largely due to opportunities for access to better  contraception and education. Instead, as we've begun to see in states with restrictive abortion laws,  women with vehicles will travel to states where abortion is still legal and safe. Meanwhile, those who do not have enough money or transport or the ability to miss school or work will face the same situation as most women  before Roe, who desperately seek illegal abortions. method, will inevitably pose serious risks to their health, their future ability. children, and sometimes their lives.

This is an outcome that none of us should want. But it should be a powerful reminder of the central role the courts play in protecting our rights - and  the elections that  have consequences.

It is clear that the majority of Americans support Roe. However, we recognize that while many people are angry and disappointed by this report, some  Roe supporters may feel helpless and instinctively go back to work, family or work. their  daily routine - telling ourselves that since this outcome was predictable, we had nothing. can do it.

If that's you, we ask you to think of the  student who woke up from a date and forced her to have unprotected sex. Think of the couple who have been trying to have a baby for years, they have no choice when faced with the tragic reality of an unsustainable pregnancy. Think of one of the hundreds of thousands of women each year who deserve the dignity and freedom to make decisions that are right for their bodies and  circumstances.

You could be one of these people. Or you may know some of them by name. If not, ask yourself if you know the full story of each story.

But we're not asking you to  think only of these people. We’re asking you to join with the activists who’ve been sounding the alarm on this issue for years — and act. Stand with them at a local protest. Volunteer with them on a campaign. Join with them in urging Congress to codify Roe into law. And vote alongside them on or before November 8 and in every other election. Because ultimately, if we want judges who will defend all,  not just some, of our rights, we must elect leaders who are committed to doing the same.

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