The ruling, which may open the door for US states to ban the right to self-determined abortion, is imminent.
“I am terrified of the possible verdict,” activist Jim Obergefell told Reuters.
He has, like Norma McCorvey (better known by the pseudonym Jane Ro) won in the Supreme Court for a historic political breakthrough.
In 2015, he was face-off for winning the Supreme Court and securing the right to same-sex marriage in all 50 U.S. states. The decision goes under the name «Obergefell vs. Hodges ».
Now he fears that the possible abortion ruling is just the start of several reversals of historic decisions.
– If this ruling comes, it will be a terrible day for our nation. I also fear for the equality of LGBT people and the progress we have made as a nation, says the American gay pioneer.
In May, a leaked note was published, stating that a majority in the country’s Supreme Court will probably reverse «Roe vs. Wade »- the decision that secures the right to self-determined abortion in the United States.
– The possible decision that has been leaked, and the justification that was used, is just a roadmap to attack much of the progress we have made as a nation. I’m worried, says Obergefell.
Seven years ago, many gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, eagerly awaiting the ruling on same-sex marriage.
– Our nation has a long history of refusing people to marry. It was also not allowed for two of different ethnicities to get married, says the activist.
«Obergefell vs. Hodges’ was passed by five to four votes in 2015, with the Supreme Court ruling that all states must allow gay marriage.
Protesters are now left outside the magnificent building. This time, they are calling for a right they were granted, 49 years ago.
TV 2 has previously written about the fight for the abortion law «Roe vs. Wade »and how it came to be. You can read more about that here.
Why is this happening?
There is a Conservative majority in the Supreme Court, 6 to 3. Former President Donald Trump took care of that when he nominated the Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to take over the vacant seat after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
Ginsburg, who passed away in 2020, was known for being a liberal judge, who fought for the rights of minorities in society.
A Supreme Court justice in the United States holds office for life. Since Donald Trump secured a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, many have feared for the future of various historic decisions in the United States.
Prohibition in several states
A number of states have already introduced strict abortion rules. In the state of Oklahoma, they have introduced a ban on abortion with only a few exceptions. There, it is only legal to have an abortion if the pregnancy is caused as a result of rape or incest, or there is a danger to the life of the mother.
These 22 states will ban abortion
22 states have already drafted legislation that would immediately ban abortion, should Roe v. Wade be repealed in the Supreme Court. In addition, it is expected that four more states will follow, these are highlighted in italics:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Source: Washington Post, Guttmacher Institute
Texas has introduced a ban after the first heartbeat can be heard, which in practice prohibits abortion after week six.
Abortion rights have always been a hot and controversial topic in the United States. After the leaked note became known, many have again taken to the streets to demonstrate.