In all, the justices cast aside precedent, conflict of interest and all other principles of judicial restraint in a scheme to align the law with their political and religious preferences.
The New Bedford Light’s Jack Spillane was joined by women leaders from across South Coast to talk about abortion rights in Greater New Bedford after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“These centers are often anti-abortion organizations that are working to dissuade and manipulate pregnant women.” — Taylor St. Germain, Reproductive Equity Now
It outlines broad liability protections for both providers who offer abortions, which remain legal in Massachusetts following the Supreme Court’s ruling, and related care as well as for patients who receive them.
Women, especially low-income women, will be forced to have illegal and potentially dangerous abortions. Women and mothers, sisters and daughters will die as a result of this ruling.
Comments pour in from advocates, readers and public officials. “I am extremely discouraged, saddened, shocked, and angry,” says one reader.
The ruling does not mean that abortion is banned throughout the United States. Rather, arguments about the legality of abortion will now play out in state legislatures.
Nowhere in Greater New Bedford, Fall River or Cape Cod is there a single clinic or hospital that performs abortions
While abortion would still be legal in Massachusetts, advocates and providers say bans in other states could drive up the need for more resources locally, with some already expanding services.
The Supreme Court has not yet issued its ruling in the case challenging the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally, but the draft opinion obtained by Politico shows a majority vote to strike it down.