Roe v. Wade: Strong reaction in Ottawa following SCOTUS draft leak

It’s a decision in the United States that many Canadians are watching closely.

A leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion obtained by Politico suggests the justices are set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees the right to abortion in the United States.

“Very upsetting. It’s just shocking,” said Morrisburg’s mother, Christine Martin, who had an abortion a few years ago.

“I was in a bad place and it really brought me back to where it was, what if I couldn’t have done that? Where would my life be?”

Martin said she was grateful to have had the choice.

“Before, I was against abortion. As a teenager, it was always like, ‘If I get pregnant, I’m going to have a baby,'” she said. “And then it came to me and I had to make that choice, and I did, and I’m glad I did, and I’m glad I had that choice. It’s scary and terrifying to think of women in the United States, who they won’t have that choice.”

Supreme Court justices can still change their votes and a decision is not final until it is released by the court, which is expected this summer.

If the decision were reversed, each state could decide whether or not to ban abortion. About half of them have already signaled that they will.

Anti-abortion activists rejoiced.

“We’re going to start to see, I predict, a culture shift in Canada to become a bit more pro-life and we’ll see that continue for years to come if that happens in the United States,” said the campaign’s Jack Fonseca. . Coalition for Life.

Former US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says the implications could be far-reaching.

“It’s just the beginning because the basis on which they’re looking at it could then be applied to same-sex marriage, it could be applied to contraception, it could be applied to interracial marriage, it could be applied to gun votes guns, gun rights, it could apply to so many different things, so vote, vote, vote is going to make a big difference here,” Heyman said.

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