Politico published a leaked draft of a majority decision written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito that will strike down Roe v. Wade. The 1973 Supreme Court decision ruled abortions had guaranteed federal constitutional protections of as long as they performed the abortion in the first 23 weeks of pregnancy.
This new ruling will send abortion law back to each state. Before Roe v. Wade, it was up to each state to determine the law concerning abortion.
Once the Supreme Court officially publishes this ruling, abortion will immediately be banned or heavily restricted in 26 states. That’s because these states already have “trigger laws” in effect concerning abortion if Roe v. Wade is struck down.
Abortion has always been a contentious issue. Some people believe a human life begins at conception, meaning abortion is murder. If that’s the case, why should it be up to each state to decide? It’s not up to each state to decide if murder is legal or illegal. If a fertilized egg is a human person, the Declaration of Independence grants all human people the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I don’t think a fertilized egg is a human being. I also don’t think a human life begins at birth. Human life begins between conception and birth. Where exactly I don’t know, but the question shouldn’t be up to someone like me. What do I know about such things? I’m not qualified. I took biology in community college, but I ended up dropping it because it started at 8:00 in the morning, Monday through Friday. That was far too early for me, especially when I worked the night shift at Burger King. I was young, but I was kind of lazy too, especially for things I had no interest in. Like biology.
Not only do I think I’m unqualified to decide when human life begins, I think Supreme Court Justices are too. They’re supposedly experts on the U.S. Constitution. They’re not scientists or medical experts. Supreme Court justices are woefully unqualified to make such important scientific decisions. It’s why I’ve always thought Roe v. Wade was problematic.
Any right a Supreme Court justice can grant, a Supreme Court justice can take away. This leaked draft only confirms it.