The leaked Supreme Court memo about the overturning of Roe v. Wade has sent shock waves throughout the United States. The decision, if confirmed, will eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, allowing for states to restrict or ban the practice altogether. The procedure continues to be one of the definitive dividing issues in US politics. A panel of commentators joined Roundtable to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court opinion and the future of abortion access. In this segment, they discuss the implications of leaving decisions about abortion access to the state level.
Stacey Lee points out that the overturning of Roe would usher in complete abortion bans in some states.
"There are 13 states where the legislation enacted does not allow for situations of rape and incest," she says. In Texas, she notes, the six-week standard of viability severely limits the window for ending a pregnancy. "I may not even know that I'm pregnant if I'm two weeks late. When I figure that out, an abortion is not available to me. It really seriously arrests or compromises my ability to make a choice."
Bill Blum argues that leaving abortion policy up to each state leads to serious discrepancies nationwide.
"If you just throw it all back to the states and say, we're washing our hands of it, we're going to have a free-for-all where women in Mississippi are treated fundamentally differently from women in New York and California," he says.
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Watch the full discussion below:
Bill Blum, Lawyer and Editor-in-Chief, Blum’s Law
Stacey Lee, professor, Kerry Business School, Johns Hopkins University
Nadia Asencio, Youtuber