With retiring Supreme Court Justices and a new President with views not so modernized, the United States faces the possibility of seeing Roe v. Wade overturned for the first time ever. Roe v. Wade was implemented in 1973 when “Jane Roe” filed to have a safe way to end her pregnancy. The court sided with Roe over the Texas law, and it became legal in all states to have safe and healthy abortions without it being considered murder.
Now, with Anthony Kennedy retiring, who almost supported the overturn of Roe v. Wade, there could be a higher possibility of Roe v. Wade actually being overturned. Five votes stood strong to abolish Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which says that charges will not cause undue burden on the woman who wants an abortion. However, Kennedy changed his mind last minute and the vote only changed Roe’s ability to affect trimester abortions on a state by state case.
Most recently, President Trump has appointed Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court Justice. Kavanaugh has shown that he is a conservative judge, which could mean he may choose to overthrow Roe v. Wade entirely, which would eliminate many other cases like Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Kavanaugh’s only indication that he may be capable of the middle ground is that he dissented the case with a 17-year-old immigrant in 2017, saying that she should find a sponsor before making any decisions, especially as big of a decision as this. Kavanaugh has not said whether he is for or against Roe v. Wade or whether he has plans to overturn it completely. Most judges do not share their future decisions until they have reviewed the case. Others in the 17-year-old’s abortion case were even more conservative, stating that the law of Roe v. Wade did not cover undocumented immigrants, whether minors or adults. Kavanaugh’s future decisions cannot truly be gauged knowing what we know about his past decisions. For now, the United States watches for what comes next.
The discussion of abortion is likely to rise over the next year. While women advocates consider the consideration of Kavanaugh an injustice, large businesses are cheering for Kavanaugh to make the best of his time in the Supreme Court lessening restrictions on them. Kavanaugh is replacing Kennedy, who’s legacy was being a swing vote near the end of each trial. However, many are confident that Kavanaugh will be a solid voter, sticking to the side he has chosen.