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Recent Roe v Wade disputes

In the 20th century, many women’s rights activism was at its peak, as women began winning more and more rights for themselves during this time. In a span of 60 years, they won the right to vote and gained many economic and political equality in their quest for social reforms. One example of a huge victory for women was the Roe v Wade Supreme Court case. Roe v Wade set that women would be allowed to have abortions without the government infringing on their decisions. It was a case super popular in some places than others, and in the past month, there have been lots of discussions surrounding this case in the Supreme Court.

The current conflict that surrounds the Roe v Wade decision is that some people believe that the matters of abortion should be given to the states, while others believe that it should stay in the hands of the federal government. This case was first called into question after Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks. This law directly contradicted Roe v Wade because abortions should be able to be carried out up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Thus, the state of Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to reverse all previous actions correlating with the Roe v Wade case.

The liberals in the Supreme Court believe that the Roe v Wade decision has been reaffirmed repeatedly over the last 50 years and there should be no reason to reverse this now, as women have enjoyed abortion rights for over 50 years now. The conservatives in the Supreme Court, however, want abortion to be a state right, and this means appealing the decision. An important detail in this is that there are more conservatives than liberals in the Supreme Court at the moment so the overturning of Roe v Wade has a real chance of occurring.

In short, Roe v Wade’s decision to make abortion a protected right has been controversial for many decades now and it has resurfaced as a topic of discussion in the Supreme Court. As of now, there is no way of knowing what will come of this decision because nothing is set in stone yet. No matter what the decision is, this topic of abortion will continue to be controversial in the Court, and women’s rights activists will have to continue to fight for abortion laws in the future.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/supreme-court-roe-v-wade-abortion-case-12-01-21/index.html

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/01/1056950304/supreme-court-abortion-roe-v-wade-historic-arguments

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/01/supreme-court-arguments-in-abortion-case-roe-v-wade.html

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