Overturning history: Roe v. Wade


The sign represents one of many used by protestors at the Memorial Park protest that took place on June 24, 2022. The sign was created to state Max Mrsny’s opinion of the Roe v. Wade overturning. PHOTO BY MAX MRSNY

Isabella Booth, News writer

The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Roe v. Wade was a case challenging the abortion laws, leading to the legalization of abortions. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it. Roe v. Wade was a case formed by Jane Roe, also known as Norma McCorvey, against Henery Wade in Dallas County Texas, according to Jusita, a free law and legal information website.

In the 1973 case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe, giving the right for people to be able to have abortions legally across the country, according to Britannica. Norma McCorvey had started the case against Henry Wade. Wade was the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas, according to Brittanica.

McCorvey formed the case to challenge the Texas abortion laws. McCorvey claimed that the laws were vague and abridged her right of personal privacy, according to Oyez.com.

However, on June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V Wade. Since the overturn, several states have banned abortion.

To overturn a law means to change a legal decision. The states that have banned abortion are Texas, Idaho, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tenneses, Kentucky, and West Virgina.

There were many people who agreed with the overturning. They believed that overturning was a positive thing because it prevents the taking of a life.

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer said, “I have always supported pro-life policies that show compassion for women and their unborn children. Both conservative and liberal legal scholars have long questioned the legal reasoning in Roe v. Wade. The justices made the right decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Center by affirming that there is no constitutional right to abortion,” said Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer.

“Today, Life Won. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court of the United States has given the American people a new beginning for life, and I commend the Justices in the majority for having the courage of their convictions,” said former Vice President Mike Pence.

While Pence supported the overturn, a former student from Omaha North, Max Mrsny, was against the overturn. Mrsny had gone to the Memorial Park to protest on June 24, 2022. Mrsny was in the middle of a haircut when they heard the news, and they almost walked out.

“It is absolutely horrific how we are seeing our rights be stripped away in real time. I would not be comfortable with it at all, especially as someone who can accidentally get pregnant, not being able to make my own choice about it is very scary,” said Mrsny.

Isabella Cole, 11, was shocked when she first heard about the overturning. She was fearful. She was so scared that she could not do anything but sit still. Her brain stopped.

“It is not okay to have the government in my doctor’s office. I understand that there are people that think it is wrong because of their religion, but that is the thing, it is their religion not my belief and religious beliefs should stay away from our laws,” said Cole.

“I don’t feel safe anymore, I do not feel comfortable knowing that I cannot protect my body the same way I could only a few months ago,” says Cole.

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order to protect the access to abortion nationwide. Biden had said the decision was “extreme” and “totally wrong,” according to ABC News.