The right to choose has been under attack since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, and now a recent leak of a SCOTUS draft opinion may overturn the historic decision.
According to the draft published by Politico, the Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights. Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft ,“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”
North Carolina has 100 counties. You can get an abortion in just nine of them. Abortion rights in North Carolina are likely safe — for now. However, in 2024 reproductive rights will likely be on the ballot in the state. North Carolina will elect a new governor then, and the fiercely anti-choice Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has a good chance of becoming the Republican nominee. The 2024 election could determine whether abortion access in NC is outlawed altogether.
WomenNC recently hosted a community education event, "Critical Conversations: Roe v Wade in Jeopardy - Reproductive Healthcare in NC" where a panel of experts discussed such a possibility, stressing the implications for access to the full and comprehensive range of women's reproductive healthcare for all North Carolinians, especially for the most vulnerable.
Want to engage in ACTION to show your support for women's right to choose? Join Planned Parenthood's marches, "Bans Off Our Bodies" on this Saturday, May 14th in Raleigh, Greensboro or Winston-Salem.
WomenNC Scholars continue to research important reproductive rights issues and formulate policy solutions to improve the lives of women and girls in North Carolina. Read the research here.