The Fight for Rights

An opinion piece about the Roe v. Wade decision



Student-made posters reflect messages often displayed at women’s rights demonstrations.

We now live in a country where women’s rights are up for debate in many states.


Across the country, women are slowly losing their rights to get abortions.  This is happening in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and more.  In these places, Abortions are illegal including when the pregnancy is the result  of rape or incest. Abortion being legal across the nation was settled law less than a year ago, but now that it has been overturned has created a sense of fear for citizens.


The reason for this fear is because Roe v. Wade has been in place since 1973 and many citizens had reason to trust the people in charge of our country.  With Roe v. Wade overturned this sense of trust has been destroyed.


Roe V. Wade was a Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right across the nation. The majority found that it was absolute right to abortion in the first trimester of a pregnancy. 


In 1973, Roe V. Wade was put into place.  Roe V. Wade recognized that it was an individual’s choice to continue or end their pregnancy.  49 years later, 2022, Roe was overturned making it no longer a constitutional right to have an abortion.  


“People make the point about like the pill and the “slut” pill but nobody talks that way about viagra and I don’t think Hobby Lobby has an issue with viagra which is interesting because viagras only purpose is sex. But somehow that’s not the slut pill.” said former Gender Studies and current English teacher, Ms. Margaret Flaherty.


On June 30, 2014 in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, which was a case about Hobby Lobby refusing to have health insurance plans that included birth control which was a coverage guarantee under the Affordable Care Act, a decision was made that certain bosses could block their employees’ access to birth control.  


According to the Center of Reproductive Rights, “The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abandons nearly 50 years of precedent and marks the first time in history that the Supreme Court has taken away a fundamental right.”

This ruling forces women who need or want abortions to travel maybe even thousands of miles to get a safe, legal abortion.  I would like to shed light on the fact that ll abortions are not just because people were being irresponsible and now dont want to deal with the consequences.  Abortions can sometimes be a life saving decision for some women.  Some states are even taking teh right to abortion away when teh cause is from rape or incest.  


This infuriates many women including myself because no matter what the situation is, I should not have to keep a baby that I do not want.  If any teenager in high school had a kid, they could most likely not afford a baby without help while still going to school.  In 2022 the average child will cost $16,007- $17,141.  


However, the decision of Roe v. Wade being overturned not only impacts Triton students but affects the nation even further.  This decision is a large step back for all women.  The fear that women all over the country have is real and it is a fear that no woman should ever have to feel.  Some of the people making these laws also want to restrict the availability of getting contraceptives which does not make sense.  If

they are trying to stop abortions then why are they taking away ways to prevent pregnancy in the first place?


According to a Pew Research Center article by Carrie Blazina, the majority of the U.S  public does not agree with the decision to overturn Roe. Six-in-ten adults, 57%, disapprove of the court’s decision and 43% strongly disapprove with the decision.  On the other side of the argument, about four-in-ten approve while 25% strongly agree with the decision.  Women are also more likely to say abortion should be legal in all or most cases than men are.  Yet, I don’t understand why men aren’t supportive about it when they are not the person who has to carry a baby for nine months and then give birth.  Also to add, most of the people making laws on our bodies are men.


Abortions should be legal for every woman.