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How is overturning of Roe v Wade an injustice to women?

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:06 AM


Without entering the debate re the Roe v Wade issue, the reactions to the verdict have been quite revealing. Two separate groups, consisting mostly of women bearing placards with divergent views, were seen. One side being as strident and vociferous in its support for the ruling as the other who are against the US Supreme Court’s decision.

This really says abortion cannot be seen as negating the rights of women, since the contending women’s groups are seeing it in different prospectives. There was a telling reaction from a woman on TV, who related her story of having an abortion a few years ago. She had a kind of triumphant smirk on her lips as she concluded by saying, “I don’t know what would have happened to me if I had carried that pregnancy.” ‘ME’ was really the all-embracing issue in her response. She went on further to state that young girls should never be deprived of the right to exercise their free choice in such matter. That, apparently, is a position that gives the impression of abortion being a contraceptive – an option where sexual responsibility becomes subservient to the need and urge for sexual freedom.

Interesting, placards bearing the confession ‘I’m a proud abortionist’ paraded against what was called the ‘travesty’ of turning a woman’s right into a crime. Yet, if there are as much women who celebrate the decision as are those denouncing it, how is it exclusively an injustice to women, if those affected are all women?


Mount Vernon, New York