Roe v. Wade: How will the possible overturn affect you?

Published: May. 6, 2022 at 9:07 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Reaction from law professors tonight about what happens next if the U.S. Supreme Court follows through on a leaked draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights supporters across the country, including here in Indiana, continue to protest the possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. That action would not outlaw abortion, but it would leave it up to state legislatures to decide whether there should be restrictions.

Two law professors with Indiana University say this possible overturn would affect Hoosiers.

“Indiana is one of the four states that is more likely to overturn Roe immediately. They will come into a special session and do it as fast as they can. That is what I would predict. Because we have had bills like this in 2011 and 2018 that were complete abortion bans.”

Jody L. Madeira, IU Bloomington Law Professor

“Some scholars think that if the court get rids of Roe v. Wade It’s almost like a game of Jenga. If you pull out that important precedent, what does it do to other rights that aren’t specifically listed in the constitution.”

Steve Sanders, IU Bloomington Law Professor

Sanders is talking about other privacy rights like same-sex marriage and contraception.

Republicans like Todd Young are taking a wait-and-see approach, largely focusing on the leak. Posting to his Twitter the following:

Young also later Tweeted he is committed to standing for life and supporting pregnant women. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Thomas McDermott, who is running against Todd Young in November, is placing blame on his opponent.

“Senator Todd Young appointed three of the five justices that are going to overturn Roe v. Wade. If you are a Hoosier woman and are upset about losing your civil rights you only have to look at Senator Todd Young.”

Thomas McDermott, Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate

According to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Senate will vote next Wednesday on a key procedural vote related to the democratic bill to codify federal abortion protections.

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