My Body My Choice?

Ashlynn Kidder, Staff Writer

There have been many interesting headlines in the news these past few months. From celebrities, to political scandals, I have read almost all of it. However, the leak regarding the possible Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade infuriated me the most.

Roe v. Wade was a legal case in which a Supreme Court ruling of 7-2 stated that criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional. Their reasoning behind the decision was that it would violate the due process clause, which enforces and protects individual rights, in the fourteenth amendment. The 1973 ruling was crucial in providing women basic human rights, leading to the very popular slogan “My body, my choice.”

On May 2, 2022,  a draft written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, claiming it was wrong from the start. The draft first circulated on February 10, 2022,  indicating that it has been in the works for a few months now. 

The part that angers me the most regarding this news is that a court made up of only three women decided to make laws and bans regarding women’s bodies and reproductive health. This is not something that only concerns political beliefs, it also concerns the physical and mental health of women across the country. I can only hope that women of all ages will spread awareness about the importance of Roe v. Wade and continue to fight for the fundamental rights we deserve.