Pro-choice signs hang on a police barricade at the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2022.
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Experts told Insider that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, other private reproductive health procedures could be at risk.
Lawyers and reproductive health doctors said IVF, contraception, and miscarriage management could be under fire next.
“Removing our protection to the right to abortion will just open the floodgates for people to be criminalized for their behavior during pregnancy,” one expert said.
If the Supreme Court hands down a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns Roe v. Wade, private reproductive health decisions other than abortion could be at risk, medical and legal experts told Insider.
A leaked draft opinion — penned by conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito — shows the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the decision set in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that granted women the federal right to an abortion.
Alito says in the draft that abortion is not “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition.” His opinion refutes a precedent set in Griswold v. Connecticut — the same precedent used to help decide Roe — that there is an implicit right to privacy in the Bill of Rights, and the choice to have an abortion falls within those rights.
While Alito says in the draft opinion that other privacy decisions like same-sex and interracial marriage would not be affected by overturning the Roe v. Wade decision, legal experts and reproductive health doctors told Insider that private reproductive health decisions like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and contraception could still be affected.
“It really looks at the fact that there wasn’t — in his opinion — a history of abortion and therefore that is Roe is wrongly decided,” Seema Mohapatra, a law professor at …read more
Source:: Business Insider