Community members and local pregnancy clinic react to the possibility of Roe v Wade being overturned
JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - Making national headlines, the U.S. Supreme Court having documents leaked concerning the reversal of Roe vs. Wade. The 1973 landmark decision gave pregnant women the right to choose to have an abortion.
The Supreme Court confirmed Tuesday that a draft of plans to overturn Roe vs. Wade was leaked. Many advocacy groups and people in the community voice their opinions on the controversial topic.
“Ladies should have a choice. Women should have a choice,” said Edna Fields, a Jackson resident.
Jackson resident Edna Fields says she does not agree with abortions but believes women should be able to have a choice and overturning Roe vs. Wade will lead to unsafe procedures being performed.
“When I was growing up, it was a girl who did that and she passed away from it so if you have a clinic, it will be safer, I believe," said Fields.
Another Jackson resident says she was a victim of abuse and believes women should have a choice because people do not know their circumstances.
“I think that every situation is different. You never know someone’s story or narrative, so it depends on the individual, which is a female. Men don’t really have any rights to the baby. They walk off and leave them so it should be the female’s right the decide whether she wants to do it,” said Renee Smith, a Jackson resident.
Birth Choice is pro-life pregnancy clinic in Jackson and they are excited to see the possibility of Roe vs. Wade overturned.
“Of course, it’s not set in stone, but this is good because it will protect preborn children so children in the womb will be protected. Moms will be protected from abortion, from the pain of going through that, but we are also concerned for the breach of security that happened,” said Tiffany Dawson, the Director of Development at Birth Choice.
Birth Choice believes this breach of security will give pro-choice supporters an advantage in this possible change in ruling.
“We are also concerned because it’s looking very favorable for people who are pro-abortion because now people have this opportunity to pressure Supreme Court justices may be to vote differently if the final votes have not been cast yet.”
Roe vs. Wade has not been overturned yet but the court’s final decision, in that case, could come in late June or early July.