Students share their thoughts on SCOTUS possibly toppling Roe v Wade

By Connie Lee, May 17, 2022

In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States adopted the decision to guarantee the protection of women who choose to have an abortion without any consequences. A draft majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court proposing to strike down Roe v. Wade drafted by Chief Justice Samuel Alito was leaked earlier this month. Cal Poly Pomona students provided strong insights into the possible reversal of women’s reproductive rights.

CPP students shared their thoughts on the US Supreme Court’s possible overturning of abortion rights.

Shireen Tsang | business marketing student

“I believe the possibility that Roe v. Wade being canceled by SCOTUS will be detrimental. Women will no longer be protected when it comes to having a safe abortion, which will then increase the number of maternal mortality rates since this choice has been taken away from them. I believe abortions should be legal in all states because every woman should have the right and choice to do what she wants with her body. It’s common decency and, as human beings, we shouldn’t have it taken away from us.

Lourdes Michaela Eusébio | Student in business administration and human resources management

“I believe the overturning of Roe v. Wade is robbing all women in our country of their freedom, which is truly heartbreaking. This will have a negative impact on the working class, especially indigenous and black people, which is disheartening because it feels like our country is going backwards. Women should have the right to their own body. I believe the best thing we can do as students is to protest and donate to abortion funds.

Taylor Humphrey | economics student

“I think SCOTUS possibly overturning Roe v. Wade is an indication that women in the United States are still seen and treated as second-class citizens by many American politicians. Across the country, women should not have any part of their right to bodily autonomy taken away, whether or not they believe their embryo is a baby. I think there are better ways, not to mention much safer ways, to encourage a lower abortion rate. For example, investing in the expansion of sex education.

Emilie Martinez | sociology student

“Watch Roe v. Wade shows how far we cannot move forward as a country. The fact that banning abortion is being debated shows how much power the government has over our bodies. I think there is a strong possibility that this will be overturned because of our Supreme Court members. They are not asking what people want, but rather what the nine judges are and what they believe in.

Edgar Castaneda | general biology student

“It’s amazing how this world is becoming and I’m not talking about the good, I’m mostly looking at the bad. The quote, the ‘right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ begins with ‘life and “life” begins at conception. This quote explains how the sense of freedom should begin at conception and that it should be a woman’s choice to decide any action towards her body. It’s almost unsettling to hear Roe v. Wade’s act possibly being overturned by SCOTUS and it’s because I find it hard to find how one should decide what a woman does to her body, especially men. a woman should always be a woman’s choice.

Robert I. Berger Engle | computer science student

“My opinion is that I don’t have an opinion on abortion, whether it’s right or wrong, because I wouldn’t really be able to understand how anyone who might have it feels. It is interesting, however, that the court is considering overturning it, as the Supreme Court barely does.

André Perez-Estrella | mechanical engineering student

“I think it’s pretty messed up that it’s being cancelled. It’s not really our say in what an individual can do with something happening entirely within their own body, and it seems like a slippery slope to start controlling it.

Alexis Gomez | chemical and materials engineering student

“The possible reversal of Roe v. Wade is a blow to the personal freedoms of not just women but everyone. This set a precedent that the government could not intervene in our personal lives and without it we are subject to more restrictions. Moreover, it is not anyone’s business but theirs whether they want to have an abortion.

Nicolas Estrella-Cavaiani | physics student

“If they want to get rid of this (Roe v. Wade), they should also focus on mothers who may not want children. These children should at least be funded or compensated. However, it is still a difficult subject, what happens to the children must also be taken into account, but the reception system is still a mess.

Isabelle Garcia | pre-graduate student in liberal studies

“These reproductive justice concerns have been piling up for some time. Reproductive justice organizations for women of color have pointed out for years that this would be especially devastating for low-income women and people of color. The discussion must also be framed as a matter of access, not just individual choice.

Nicholas Garcia | electrical and computer engineering student

“I personally don’t think anyone should be allowed to control what other people do with their bodies. Overthrow Roe v. Wade shouldn’t even be a talking point just because it’s often not about the people doing the knockdown. Stripping people of their basic human rights of this nature will only cause them to take matters into their own hands, creating a dangerous environment for those who wish to exercise this right. I also believe that government should remain secular in ways like this to guard against clouded judgment.

Feature image courtesy of Ian Hutchison.

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