The writing is on the wall. A 5-4 decision, championed by Justice Alito, will strike down the constitutional right women have to abortion. Conservative states have whittled away the right to choose, and now the entire framework behind this landmark decision will come crashing down.
Abortion access will remain in states with friendly abortion laws. New York and California will become states known for ‘abortion travel’. This fact pains me, not because I feel for the pregnant women who will be forced to make the trip out of their home state and into these ‘safe havens’ for abortions. No, it pains me for the women who cannot afford the luxury of ‘abortion travel’.
25% of US women will receive an abortion in their lifetime, and the typical abortion patient is a single mother who lives in poverty and already has a child. Often, these women make the choice to have an abortion because they are unable to support an additional child. If a mother feels unequipped to care for another infant, isn’t this an indication of a societal failing?
The Supreme Court’s decision will hurt the families who would benefit from abortions the most. The ones who live in poverty and in fiscally conservative states with minimal public assistance. Striking down Roe V. Wade won’t ban abortions for all; it will only ban abortions for the poor living in a select few states.
This isn’t what justice looks like.