HAYWARD (KPIX 5) – While the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could overturn the Roe v. Wade’s history on abortion, some Bay Area students have thought about how they see the future.
If a court overturns the 50-year-old’s right to abortion, what other rights might be under review? America is going through a political climate change and it will be the younger generation that will have to live with it.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh said during the hearing, where the judges I heard the arguments about a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “And that’s the basic problem…”
Even abortion rights advocates concede that there will likely be enough votes to persuade Roe against Wade, if he doesn’t turn it around completely.
At Cal State East Bay on Wednesday, students in Samantha Francois’ sexual history class were a little dumbfounded by the whole thing.
“We’re going backwards with what people are allowed to do with their bodies and that’s really unfortunate. And it’s frankly scary. It’s really scary,” said student Jessica Prause.
The younger generation was brought up believing that access to abortion was a constitutional right, ratified by the Supreme Court. Now, it appears that the same court is ready to take that on immediately.
“It’s kind, fair,” said student Keith Vazquez, “that destroys my trust in the law, if things like this were so easy to challenge or overrule.”
“We lived fifty years with Roe v. Wade saying there is a constitutional right to abortion,” said Noah Brandt, with an anti-abortion group called Live Action. “There is no constitutional right to abortion…You can search the entire text.”
Opponents of Roe v. Wade argue that the right to abortion is a court invention and should be abolished. Margaret Russell, a professor of constitutional law at Santa Clara University, says there are other rights that the same argument could threaten.
“This is one of the hot-button areas. I think same-sex marriage could be something else, in the way it intersects with religious freedom and religious objections. Voting rights certainly are,” she told KPIX 5.
So, this is not even the beginning of the rollback of rights. I think he will be on the road in a big way.”
Planned Parenthood says 26 states are willing to ban or severely restrict abortions, and 15 of them have so-called “operating laws” that will take effect immediately if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Students learn that rights should not be taken for granted. It was given by people, not God, and they could be taken from it.
“I think a lot of people have felt so good about themselves that they never thought it could be cancelled,” said student Ashlyn Fraser. “I think a lot of people have forgotten what it means to fight for something like this.”