When America sneezes the whole world catches a cold, and when she shakes the rest waver. The current fierce debate currently going on in the United States of America has not only ruffled the usual suspects like lawyer Stephen Ogolla, but appears to have touched a raw nerve in KTN’s medical reporter Mercy Korir. Mercy is one of the ultra-professional journalists who rarely comment on anything outside her purview. Her emphatic and heavy-worded outburst caught many by surprise.
In a nutshell, Roe v. Wade was a legal case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, ruled that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. By holding that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy, it by and large, legalised abortion. However, now in the latest development, just this week, an apparent draft of a majority opinion in the case, written by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., was leaked to a political news publication. The opinion, dated February 2022, indicated that the American Supreme Court had voted to overturn both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This means that abortion will effectively be criminalised in America.
Persons with a uterus should be left to make decisions about their own uterus. Laws and legislation over women’s bodies only serve to give other people control over women and their personal choices. Instead, women should be empowered to make informed decisions, safely.
Prior to all this, In May 2021, the Supreme Court agreed to review in its October 2021 term a lower court’s decision to strike down a Mississippi state law, adopted in 2018, that banned most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, well before the point of fetal viability. Although the law was plainly unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Mississippi lawmakers passed the measure in the hope that an inevitable legal challenge would eventually make its way to the Supreme Court, where a conservative majority of justices would overturn or drastically reduce the scope of those decisions.