How the Anti-Abortion Rights Movement Took Down Roe
After Roe was overturned in the Supreme Court, abortion opponents realized that they needed to do more to control the Republican Party's court nominees. They thought they needed to raise money to influence the decisions made by these judges. They had no way to influence the Supreme Court nominees on their own. But in reality, the abortion opponents had no way of influencing the selections of GOP court nominees.
Abortion bans are set to take effect in 20 states
Since the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, access to abortion has radically changed in over half of the nation. Abortion providers are scrambling to interpret the implications of the bans. At the end of last year, eight states ban abortion as a trigger for criminal prosecution. Since the ruling, lawmakers in several states have begun to activate dormant laws to ban abortion. Others have introduced new legislation, and some state judges have temporarily blocked the passage of such measures.
Georgia lawmakers are likely to pass a six-week abortion ban, but there is still a chance that a new legal challenge will arise. While the 11th Circuit has already heard oral arguments in the case, fresh challenges may come up. The ban would still affect a majority of abortions in Georgia. According to providers, 87 percent of abortions are performed in Georgia. The decision may come at a critical time in the state's election cycle, with Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock favoring abortion rights and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker supports restrictions.
Jane Roe's case was controversial for a variety of reasons. First, she claimed she was raped during an abortion. McCorvey later withdrew that claim in an interview. In addition to her story being inconsistent, she also appeared to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the anti-abortion rights movement. In fact, her testimony was so sloppy and unpolished that many abortion rights leaders considered her a pariah.
Amid the pro-life movement, McCorvey found herself answering telephones in an abortion clinic. She met Flip Benham, an evangelical lay minister and anti-abortion activist. Benham was a former saloon keeper who sided with McCorvey on anti-abortion issues. He also baptized her in the pool at their home.
The struggle for abortion rights in 40 states
The strident anti-abortion movement has been a stumbling block to the right to an abortion in the US, but it has not succeeded in destroying it. To date, at least 26 states have banned or restricted abortion. More than half of US women of reproductive age live in states that restrict or ban abortion. And many women can't afford the costs of traveling from one state to another to get an abortion. The struggle for abortion rights in these states is far from over.
The federal right to an abortion has been in place for almost fifty years, but it has yet to fully integrate into our health care system. Abortion must be treated as a health care service. While some providers and support staff are beginning to incorporate abortion care into comprehensive reproductive health care, inadequate funding limits their access. This is why it is critical that federal grant programs support the training of health care workers to provide safe, comprehensive services for women.
Impact of McCorvey's case on Texas' abortion law
The Supreme Court declined to intervene in the McCorvey's case on Texas abortion law. The court cited novel antecedent procedural questions, unclear enforcement of the Texas abortion law, and the complexity of the abortion providers' application. Although the decision has limited impact on the constitutionality of Texas' abortion law, the ruling does have a significant effect on abortion rights in Texas.
During McCorvey's third pregnancy, she wanted to have an abortion, but Texas' abortion law had strict rules. Abortion was only legal if the fetus posed a danger to the mother's health. McCorvey had no means to travel to other states where abortion was legal. She could not afford to get an illegal abortion in Texas.
In 1969, Norma McCorvey, known as "Jane Roe," became a born-again Christian and switched sides to oppose abortions. In 1969, McCorvey became pregnant with her third child, and her lawyers sued the district attorney for Texas. They claimed the state's abortion laws violate the Constitution and were unconstitutional. While the case did not ultimately succeed, it still represents a major victory for abortion rights in the United States.