GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Deciding the Case of Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, The Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, which established the constitutional right to abortion, in 1973. The majority opinion, written by Justin Samuel Alito, echoed a draft leaked last month. I spoke to locals protesting the ruling about the future of reproductive rights in Colorado.
The Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, overruling the 1973 Roe Vs. Wade decision and leaving the question of abortion’s legality to the states.
“You know they have, no affect on my day to day life now they’re controlling what I do with my own body,” Kora Handy, local protestor said.
However, The Supreme Court decision will not outlaw abortion in the state of Colorado. In fact, it further cements the state’s status as a “safe haven” for those seeking the medical procedure.
“And as a person, you should never put your life in jeopardy,” Serena Flanigan said.
Many experts and anti-abortion advocates worry the Supreme Court decision will lead to a higher maternal mortality rate while others are concerned about what will happen to abortion in Colorado. As you know, Colorado state law currently guarantees the right to abortion and reproductive healthcare as of last month.
Aurea Baloas Perea, of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and reproductive rights said, “This is what we feared would happen, what we knew was inevitable.”
“Access to birth control, abortion, interracial marriage, and gay marriage have been protected by this amendment historically. Historically, I cannot believe I just used that term for any of those that I just mentioned. but here we are,” spoke Clara O’Conner.
The decision will take the worst toll on women who miscarry, are low-income, become pregnant through rape or incent and women with life-threating pregnancies. Not to mention, again, the high maternal mortality rate which is especially high for people of color.
State officials worry women from out of state seeking abortions could overwhelm local medical staff.
For more information on Colorado’s law, click here.