Over the weekend, Roe V. Wade, a landmark decision of the Supreme Court made about 50 years ago was overturned.
Here’s PNC’s Althea Engman on the details of the decision, and how it affects the island.
During President Joe Biden’s speech addressing the nation, he stated that this landmark case protected women’s right to choose, a right to intensely make personal decisions with their doctors, and where they were free from interference from politics”
With the decision of the supreme court which was previously leaked in early may, abortion rights are now up to each individual state moreover states that have existing laws that ban abortion has automatically taken into effect.
According to an article written by “The Associated Press” on ABCNEWS, after the overturning was announced “Thousands of spirited demonstrators took to the streets Friday in cities nationwide to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Most carried signs, chanted slogans and listened to speeches.”
In response to the overturning of Roe V. Wade, the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration stated “Literally, with the sweep of a pen, a majority of the justices on the United States Supreme Court have cut off rights and services women all over our country and our island have relied on, rights that recognize our dignity and secure our freedom to choose what is best for us. The court has set back women’s rights by 50 years and demoted women to second-class citizenship with their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.” and added that “Denying women access to safe abortions by criminalizing this medical procedure only harms our community.”
In addition to the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, responded with, “As history has shown us, abortion cannot be prevented by passing laws that criminalize it. Women will find ways to terminate the pregnancy even at great cost to their health and safety, as they have for thousands of years. And added that “Today, we have the ability to nearly eliminate the need for abortion, and it starts with implementing common-sense measures that curb unwanted pregnancies.”
In contrast to the aforementioned groups and in support of the overturning of Roe V. Wade, the Camacho Ada campaign released this statement “Today’s ruling from the US Supreme Court is a victory for life. The Camacho Ada Team stated that “the truth is that life begins at conception and ends through natural death. Our community must always be committed to defending the unborn and continue to support and endorse measures that protect babies in the womb. Today’s ruling puts this decision in our hands. Not in the hands of the federal government.”
According to Forbes staff, Alison Durkee, the states where abortion will be legal in include, California, Colorado, Maryland, New York Washington, and Nevada among others.