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The Roundtable: Defining "Viability"

The general population supports some access to abortion, but who should decide on the cut-off?

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, the panelists discuss the issues around the viability window for ending a pregnancy.

Stacey Lee notes that the issue of viability is a moving target.

""Viability in Roe v. Wade was 24 weeks. Then with medical advances, there's a redefinition," she says. "Americans support some access to abortion. How we decide to curtail or hem abortion is where the debate lies. I think that my access should be a constitutional right recognized, and I am fine leaving it with a 23 to 24 weeks."

Nadia Asencio argues that the question should fundamentally come down to the state level.

"People do not want to lose their state. The state should determine within its own borders what the laws will be concerning abortion," she says. "It is not up to the federal government to give laws that are not in the constitution to the different states within our country."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Bill Blum, Lawyer & Editor-in-Chief, Blum’s Law

Stacey Lee, professor, Kerry Business School, Johns Hopkins University

Nadia Asencio, Youtuber