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Overturning Roe vs. Wade, “It’s About Controlling Women.”

All across the country women are up in arms about the possibility of Roe vs Wade being overturned.

Roe vs. Wade.

If you’re not familiar, Roe vs. Wade is an old case on abortion and general bodily autonomy rights from way back in 1973. In the end, Jane Roe won the court case and abortion rights were legal. This was a huge win for all women in America. Now, the case reopened when Oklahoma’s abortion laws came to a restriction that collided with Roe vs. Wade laws and rights.

For those who don’t really know, the case being opened is a terrifying reality for women and female presenting people because of the possibility of the case being overturned. These days it’s common to see countless diagrams and maps showing which states would ban abortion. Currently, graphs and maps show that 22 states would completely ban abortion, and Oklahoma has now instilled a “ready” abortion ban that bans the possibility of abortion right after “fertilization”.

The whole situation is disgusting and terrifying in my opinion. Most times, I can understand someone being pro-life and not being overbearing or uncomfortably irrational about it, but if Roe vs. Wade gets overturned, thousands of women will die either by fatal pregnancies and births or unsafe abortion attempts.

“These men aren’t the ones with uteruses or the ones lacking sex ed or the ones in pain. They don’t have basic needs taxed as luxury items, and yet they still get the final say on if we as women and uterus-havers do.” –Fontina Battaglia

But Roe vs. Wade affects more than abortion. The whole point of the case was a case of privacy and bodily autonomy, and if the case gets overturned, then states can go as far as they would like to when denying people their rights. This includes options such as Plan B, female health care, accessible hormone treatments for queer people, and even same-sex marriage.

Rather than clashing opinions, it seems like this is a rare case of a clean split of beliefs, only more heavily outlined by political parties. Many opinions of my friends on this situation were all somewhat unanimous: This is a nightmare.

Fontina Battaglia, a junior creative writer attending ChiArts, commented, “These men aren’t the ones with uteruses or the ones lacking sex ed or the ones in pain. They don’t have basic needs taxed as luxury items, and yet they still get the final say on if we as women and uterus-havers do.”

She went on to say how it’s never truly been about being pro-life or saving children. If that were the case more attention would be put into improving the foster system, or lowering taxes of child necessities like baby formula and diapers. She added, “It’s about controlling women.”

I personally couldn’t say it better myself.

 

By Sasha Gonzalez, Junior, ChiArts

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Written by Sasha Gonzalez

Sasha Gonzalez is a junior creative writer at Chi Arts majoring in fiction writing. She's a sucker for baked sweets, good sci-fi and fantasy, and loves reading webcomics. She adores all sorts of animals and is the owner of a cat named Mocha.

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