Can politicians dictate a woman’s right to access health care? This question has been brought to light by the United States Supreme Court's judgment on June 24, 2022, which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade judgement that made abortion a constitutional right.
This decision has affected women across the nation. Thirteen states in the US have already put major restrictions regarding abortion rights.
Roe v. Wade was a landmark case that brought abortion rights under healthcare in 1973.
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the 1973 judgement has been protested widely across the country and these protests won't fizzle out soon.
The recent judgement has brought several restrictions. Because of it, now women will face more difficulty in accessing medical procedures. Each state will impose their restrictions.
Even in extenuating circumstances such as rape, incest, mental health or medical issues, or any other reason, women will face higher difficulty in accessing the medical procedure. The irony is–the punishment for illegal abortion is up to 15 years and punishment for rape is much lesser than that in most states.
It is extremely concerning when politicians decide on women's reproductive healthcare. Mass protests have been taking place not only in the US but all over the world. This decision will penetrate women worldwide, and it will push back the efforts of women’s right activist by five decades. I feared the recent supreme court judgement to majorly affect women of lower socio-economic backgrounds as they will face higher difficulty in accessing the much-needed procedure because of the unavailability of adequate resources.
This is being considered a dark time for women across the globe as they are being forced to fight for their basic rights once again. Now the millions of women affected by the judgement can only wait in uncertainty as they continue to deal with the aftermath of this decision.