This week marks the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a historic Supreme Court case that ruled a woman’s right to privacy includes her right to have a safe and legal abortion. Now, state and federal policymakers are passing laws that severely limit a woman’s ability to access that constitutional right. This past year alone, several states passed laws — like abortion provider registration and fees, defunding abortion providers and 20-week abortion bans — that make it harder for their female residents to access abortions.
If President Donald Trump keeps his promises, it could become even more challenging. He has vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, and with the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and three justices who are 78 or older, it’s highly likely he will appoint more than one justice during his presidency. This can make the nightmare of overturning Roe v. Wade being a harsh reality.