“Everyone vulnerable” – from people of color to victims of domestic violence – would be at risk if Rowe v. Wade reversed, according to a report by the Boston Globe. And while GOP senators have said they will not “purpose” the issue of same-sex marriage, Democrats have expressed concern about other rights and the LGBTQ + community is already feeling the effects, according to an NBC News report.
The Boston Globe: ‘Everyone who is weak in some way’ will suffer if the court overturns Rock, experts say
Teenager. People of color. Low income workers. Unregistered immigrants. Victims of domestic violence. If the Supreme Court strikes down Rowe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion, reproductive rights experts say they and other marginalized groups will suffer the consequences. Shoshana Ehrlich, a professor of gender and sexuality studies at Boston University in Massachusetts, said, “Anyone who is vulnerable in some way makes it harder or impossible to leave a state – those whose reversal will be even heavier.” (Pan, 5/4)
The Hill: After the abortion draft was leaked, Democrats feared what would happen next
Sen. Tim Cain (D-Va.), In a brief interview, pointed to Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1965 decision that is a state law that prohibits married couples from using contraception. Griswold, like Roy, rested on what the Supreme Court said was his right to privacy. “I think the most obvious is Griswold because it works with the same kind of privacy concept that Alito seems to reject.… I think the scope of rationality is incredibly clear,” Cain said (Carney, 5/5).
Reuters: Gay marriage, other rights at risk after US Supreme Court abortion
According to legal experts, a draft opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that would end the recognition of the constitutional right to abortion could impede marriages, sex and other freedoms related to family life, including birth control and same-sex marriage. The draft verdict, released in a leak that prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to launch an investigation on Tuesday, would support a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and overturn the 1973 Rowe v. Wade ruling that legalized the nationwide system. (Chung, 5/4)
Business Insider: GOP Senators Don’t ‘Wade Into’ Same-Sex Marriage in Abortion Controversy
Insider spoke to about a dozen Republican senators in the Capitol on Tuesday, asking each of them if they believed the draft opinion threatened marriage equality and whether they would support overturning Oberfel vs. Hodges. No one answered a clear yes or no, and several declined to comment directly. Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Brown, who was recently criticized for telling reporters in Indiana that he believes interracial marriage should be left to the state instead of a Supreme Court decision, told Insider that he has “no idea” whether Obergefel could be overturned. He argued that the case was “a narrow consideration of an issue that has been contested for 49 years.” (Metzer, 5/4)
NBC News: ‘It’s already having an effect’: LGBTQ people fear abortion rights revoked
Josiah Ramos, a black transgender person, fears that a Supreme Court opinion that reverses the long-standing precedent of abortion access protection will have a greater impact on transgender and non-binary people who already have access to care. “We should all have the right to decide what we want to do with our bodies,” said Ramos, 23, who is also the co-director of Black Trans Blessings, a trans-led organization based in New York City. “I’m not ready to have a baby,” he added. “So if I, God forbid, get pregnant and I want to have an abortion, you’re basically trying to take away my rights… and that’s not fair.” (Yurkaba and Bellamy-Walker, 5/4)
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