In 1973, Supreme Court Justice H.A. Blackmun wrote a majority ruling on the Roe v. Wade case that declared state restrictions on abortion as unconstitutional. Although abortion is legal in the US, it is subject to state regulations that restrict abortion based on the stage of pregnancy. Recently however, leaked documents containing the draft of a ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito revealed that the Supreme Court is set to overturn the Roe v Wade decision in the coming days ahead.
The conservatives are happy because throughout the nearly 50 years that abortion has been legal in the country, many pro-life supporters have filed petitions that would result to the Supreme Court’s reversal of the precedent 1973 Roe vs Wade ruling.
What Exactly will Change if Roe v Wade is Overturned
To the liberals the overturning of Roe vs Wade is an unjust decision because it will become illegal for a woman to seek termination of a pregnancy involving a non-viable fetus. In some states, such discovery must be made within the stage of pregnancy recognized as legal. In other states, abortion law considers abortion illegal regardless of stage or reason.
Reference to a non-viable fetus denotes that the fetus is not likely to develop as a healthy baby or be able to survive outside of a mother’s womb after delivery.
Although the Supreme Court has not yet made the Alito draft official, Justice Robert confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft. Still, some background information revealed that 5 of the sitting conservative justices voted to overturn the Roe v Wade decision.