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Roe v. Wade Overturned. What Does This Mean?

July 6, 2022

Roe v. Wade Overturned. What Does This Mean?

Almost half the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision.

The court’s controversial ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade gives individual states the power to set their own abortion laws because it removes the constitutional protection for a woman's right to it. The decision does not immediately make abortion illegal, but this ruling will affect millions of people around the country, making access to the full range of reproductive health care services more difficult, especially for those of limited economic means.

Moreover, “[T]he majority would allow States to ban abortion from conception onward because it does not think forced childbirth at all implicates a woman’s rights to equality and freedom,” said the dissent by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

What does this historic reduction of rights ruling mean for the state? It will create a battle in North Carolina.

Abortion is currently legal in North Carolina. Governor Roy Cooper recently stated that he will stand up for a woman's choice, but many fear that both the state federal government could try to pass more laws regulating or even outlawing abortion. This is why it is very crucial to get out and VOTE for representatives who honor a women's right to choose!

But beyond voting, what is to be done?

Take a look at Generation Ratify's Abortion Action Dashboard—a one-stop shop for taking action to secure reproductive freedoms for all women. Included is a comprehensive list of resources, action items, and ideas that will empower you to make a real difference in the movement for reproductive justice. Join the fight.

WomenNC scholars have worked over many years to create equitable policy solutions to improve women's reproductive rights and freedoms. Take a look at some of their work here and then, please DONATE TODAY!

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