Roe v Wade: What Politicians Are Doing in Response
Politicians have had varying responses in the weeks following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Republican politicians are advancing their anti-abortion agenda by pushing for more laws and restrictions. Under their proposed legislation, medical professionals may face criminal charges for providing life-saving medical treatment. In addition, they are advocating for abortion medication to become widely inaccessible. Other conservative goals include punishing employers who offer financial assistance for abortions and individuals who travel to receive abortions in other states. The overturning of Roe v Wade has opened the door for Republican politicians to further strip people of their bodily autonomy and criminalize abortion.
Despite extremist Republican anti-abortion efforts, Democrats are taking countermeasures to safeguard people’s reproductive rights. These politicians are hoping to establish legislation that will protect the personal information stored in period tracking apps so that it may not be used against individuals. They also aim to ensure that people are not criminally charged for traveling outside of their state to seek an abortion. Furthermore, many Democrats are stressing the significance of the upcoming midterm elections this November. Many have expressed that being elected into positions of power will allow them to restore abortion rights and protect reproductive freedom. Democratic politicians, such as U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, joined grassroots advocates and civilians in a peaceful demonstration outside of the Supreme Court. The abortion rights protest resulted in the arrest of 35 individuals, including 17 Democratic lawmakers.
Finally, two weeks after the Supreme Court’s ruling, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order protecting access to reproductive healthcare services. The executive order safeguards access to reproductive healthcare services; protects patient privacy; promotes the safety of abortion patients, providers, and clinics; and coordinates the implementation of federal efforts to protect reproductive rights. Nonetheless, President Biden maintains that the only way to secure reproductive rights is for Congress to restore Roe v Wade as federal law.