Much of the nation continues to reel from the news that a leaked draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court's ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization will move to strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that protects a person's right to choose reproductive healthcare without excessive government restriction.

Many people remember what it was like in the days before women could seek an abortion; many innocent women died in the absence of proper medical care or were forced to birth children they could not afford, trapping them in poverty.

But could a ruling overturning Roe v. Wade signal the loss of other rights in the future, especially those decided on the right to privacy, on which Roe was hinged?

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor thisiscubes asked the online community,

"Americans of Reddit, what are your thoughts on Roe v. Wade being overturned by SCOTUS as per draft reports?"

"It was the single most traumatizing..."

"I used to be pro-life for the most part but felt abortion was necessary in certain situations (i.e. rape, incest, whatever). I thought I would have never had an abortion myself. I thought I could always give up the baby for adoption."

"Until I gave birth last month. It was the single most traumatizing experience I've ever gone through. I'm healthy and my pregnancy was not complicated but my heart stopped working after getting an epidural. I coded."

"Once they got me stabilized again, my baby then starting decompensating. They literally had to rip him out of me because I was too far along to convert to C-section."

"I still can't control feces leaking out of me, even 6 weeks later. What a quality of life improvement /s."

"I wanted this child so having my body absolutely wrecked for the safety of my child seemed worth it, despite the pain and complications I experienced from it."

"But now, having gone through that, I cannot imagine any woman being FORCED to go through what I went through. Against their will. So I’m pretty pro choice now."

tensorfascialatte

We are so sorry you had to go through that. We agree that giving birth can be harmful and traumatic, even for a wanted child, and no woman should have to go through that.

"I am currently..."

"I am currently in an OB triage hospital room waiting for a shot of methotrexate, which is considered an abortion."

"This pregnancy was so wanted. I had a miscarriage in February. I wanted this baby. But it is ectopic and it will kill me. And I am still crying so hard."

"My doctors have been amazing and caring and made this process so much easier. F*ck anyone who thinks the legal system needs to be involved here."

DuckDuckBangBang

We are so sorry you have to go through that. It’s none of the government’s business.

"Roe wasn't the start of abortions. It was the end of women dying from abortion."

badhmorrigan

We can't clap enough for this one.

"A back-alley abortion..."

"I’d rather kill myself than be forced to carry an unwanted child. A back-alley abortion would probably do the job for me, if I’m being honest. I will never allow someone - politician or otherwise - to shackle me with my own biology. I will protest against these despicable trigger laws tooth-and-nail until the day I die."

Sugar-Soul

Many women undoubtedly feel the same way.

"I think it's completely insane..."

"I think it's completely insane and infringes upon so many human rights. But I got my tubes tied back in March so I'm not really concerned for myself as much as I'm concerned for others."

evergreenessence

Empathy goes a long way. Even if you will not be affected (or as impacted), many others will be and they need our help and support.

"Get our your wallets..."

"You think our social services are overwhelmed now. Get out your wallets because there is about to be a generation of babies born where moms won't have the means to feed, clothe, and care for them."

milk2317

Sadly, this is all too true. It is a crisis in the making.

"My cousin had to terminate..."

"I had an abortion at 21 that saved my life. It was a terrifying and isolating experience, and the best decision I have ever made."

"My cousin had to terminate her pregnancy in the second trimester due to the fact that the fetus developed without a brain. She described the care she received as what kept her alive through her grief."

"If abortion was not an option, she would have had to carry to term."

I’m sick to my stomach over this. Women, especially women of color, are going to die."

kates6666

Sadly, the statistics are on your side on this. Many women, especially women of color, are going to die, and many children will grow up impoverished.

"Scared."

"Scared. I work with survivors of sexual violence. I am a survivor myself. I, and many other folks, have had our bodily autonomy stolen from us before. To see it on a federal level is horrifying."

ParticularAd2645

It is indeed frightening and survivors of sexual violence no doubt feel victimized alll over again.

"My daughter will never have..."

"As a woman, I will be legally lesser than males because I have a womb. My daughter will never have full autonomy over her body. Intersectionally speaking, women of color and under resourced women will bear the brunt of this. Nothing will change for white women of means."

LadyOfTheOddNight

White women of means can fly wherever they wish and get an abortion there. That will never change.

"The foster care system is proof the government doesn’t care about unwanted children yet want to force more to be born. It’s all politics though guarantee if any of them ever got in a sticky situation illegal or not an abortion will be had available."

jessiealabama

The United States' welfare system is also awful and that seems to be by design.

"My wife had a miscarriage last year. Because we were well past the point of most miscarriages (not quite to the stillbirth cutoff, but not far away), we were told the odds of my wife passing the fetus on her own were slim and that surgery was the safest option."

"We were required by law to acknowledge in writing that the procedure would terminate the (dead) fetus and that it came at risk of infertility and death. Our doctor was required to tell us the developmental age of the (dead) fetus and which developmental milestones occur around that time, as well as offer us an ultrasound to see the (dead) fetus."

"We cried the entire time. We desperately wanted this child. Our doctor cried, apologizing every step of the way that we had to go through this insensitive BS on top of losing the pregnancy."

"This fetus was dead in every sense of the word but because the procedure in question is also used for abortions we had to jump through these goddamn hoops to avoid putting my wife's health at risk."

"And it's not like my state doesn't offer alternatives for nonviable fetuses, conception due to rape or incest, or instances where health is at serious risk. This WAS the alternative. If we were actually getting an elective abortion it would have been significantly more time consuming and soul-crushing. You literally have to take an online course."

"Abortion access in this country is already a joke. All this is going to do is get people killed."

broganism

This is a heartbreaking story and we are sorry that you and your wife had to go through that.

As you can see, overturning Roe v. Wade has significant consequences. While the actual opinion will not be released until the summer, it's safe to say that the United States is entering a new era and that an entirely new wave of activism has begun.

Have some thoughts of your own? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!

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