On May 14, groups in hundreds of U.S. cities held Bans Off Our Bodies demonstrations to protest the potential end of the 49-year legal precedent that protected a woman’s right to choose when and whether to have a baby.
Key West was no exception. More than 150 people held signs, chanted slogans and told the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its own 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the U.S. Supreme Court is seemingly poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The court’s draft opinion was controversially leaked to Politico.com on May 2. In the 98-page draft opinion, Justice Samuel Alito writes, “We hold that Roe and Casey (a separate ruling upholding the right to abortion) must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
If the court ultimately confirms and passes the draft opinion, abortion laws will be left up to individual states, many of which already have bans and tighter restrictions drafted or in place, just awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision, which is expected in June.
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