US Supreme Court Overturns Roe V Wade
& We Won't Back GSO Protest
June 28, 2022
Downtown Greensboro, NC
Photo by Logan Forbis
June 27, 2022
Abortion Bans by State updated 9/14/22
On June 24th, 2022 the US Supreme Court overturned Roe V Wade.
The decision sparked an uproar in millions of people across the country.
Within hours of the decision being released people took to social media posting a variety of things on the topic. Some expressed outrage. Some shared resources. Some shared their own stories of abortions and how critical that right to choose was for them.
Soon, WE WON'T GO BACK (figure one), a website and organization group created by Pro Choice activists, was created. This site made it possible for those who felt power in protesting to find the nearest one.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Guilford County Courthouse on June 27th to speak out against the decision.
I grew up in Greensboro, NC and often come home for the summers. Despite the fact that Roy Cooper thankfully upheld the right to choose in North Carolina I knew I still wanted to go protest.
Prior to the protest I had experienced anger over the Supreme Court’s Decision. When I attended the protest my anger quickly subsided and turned into sadness.
There are individuals out there who will die because of Roe V Wade being overturned. A generation that will grow up, in some states, not having the right to choose what to do with their own body.
Men, women, and non-binary people of all ages came to the Protest to show their support. I saw a mother crying, holding her newborn, a man who painted “abort the court” on his dog (figure two), all while the crowd was repeatedly chanting “What do we want? Human rights. When do we want them? Now!”
History on the right to choose -
Roe V Wade had protected abortion rights of women across the country since the 7-2 decision on January 22, 1973. The ruling was made in reference to the 14th amendment, due process.
With the ruling those who can bear children had the liberty to terminate a nonviable pregnancy, and the ability to terminate a viable pregnancy that posed threats to their health or life.
Those opposed to Roe however continued working to limit access to abortion.
In 1992 Planned Parenthood VS Casey was brought to the Supreme Court.
The case was brought by several abortion providers against the Governor of Pennsylvania, Robert Casey. The providers were concerned with roadblocks set up to burden those seeking abortions.
In a 5-4 vote the Supreme Court upheld the decision of Roe. They deemed substantial obstacles put in the way of someone getting an abortion was an undue burden and reiterated the unconstitutional nature of not giving the individual a right to choose in a non-viable pregnancy.
Current Abortion Rights Across the US-
Now abortion laws have been left up to the state. As of September 14, 2022:
Most find out they’re pregnant between 4-7 weeks along
A full term pregnancy is 38 weeks
A fetus has a likelihood of surviving outside of the womb after 24 weeks of gestation
Alabama: completely banned
Alaska: still legal
Arizona: banned after 15 weeks
Arkansas: completely banned
California: still legal
Colorado: still legal
Connecticut: still legal
Delaware: legal until the pregnancy is viable
Florida: banned after 15 weeks
Georgia: banned after 6 weeks
Hawaii: legal until the pregnancy is viable
Idaho: banned with exceptions for incest, rape, and life threatening circumstances
Illinois: legal until the pregnancy is viable unless health is in danger
Indiana: banned with exceptions for incest, rape, and life
Iowa: banned after 20 weeks
Kansas: banned after 20 weeks
Kentucky: completely banned
Louisiana: completely banned
Maine: still legal
Maryland: banned after 24 weeks
Massachusetts: banned after 24 weeks
Michigan: still legal
Minnesota: still legal
Mississippi: completely banned
Missouri: completely banned
Montana: still legal
Nebraska: banned after 20 weeks
Nevada: banned after 24 weeks
New Hampshire: banned after 24 weeks
New Jersey: still legal
New Mexico: still legal
New York: banned after 24 weeks
North Carolina: banned after 20 weeks
North Dakota: completely banned
Ohio: banned after 6 weeks
Oklahoma: banned with exceptions for incest, rape, and life
Oregon: still legal
Pennsylvania: banned after 23 weeks
Rhode Island: still legal
South Carolina: banned after 22 weeks
South Dakota: completely banned
Tennessee: completely banned
Texas: completely banned
Utah: banned with exceptions for incest, rape, and life
Vermont: still legal
Virginia: banned after 27 weeks
Washington: banned after 24 weeks
West Virginia: just voted to completely ban
Wisconsin: banned after 22 weeks
Wyoming: banned after 24 weeks
Washington DC: still legal
As journalists, we are supposed to remain unbiased in our reporting. However, this is an issue I feel I cannot remain unbiased on.
I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V Wade. I mourn already for the lives that will be lost for many reasons due to this choice.
Know that through all your feelings in this, you are not alone. If you or someone you loved needs access to an abortion there are resources avalible, including but not limited to:
We Won't Go Back, Website
Dog with "Abort the Court" painted on
Video from Greensboro, NC Protest
Video by Logan Forbis
Abortion Pill Resource