Letter to the Editor Re: Leaked Roe Draft Opinion
By Brittany M Bryan
Re: Leaked Roe Draft Opinion
Ignoring precedent in their recent leaked draft, SCOTUS has effectively declared that state legislatures can intervene in the personal healthcare decisions of women, including the decision to terminate a pregnancy. The League of Women Voters of Wake County vehemently decries this attack on a woman’s right to privacy. We call on elected officials to affirm this 14th amendment right and to protect abortion access.
The stripping away of personal rights, combined with the mental, physical, and economic effects of forced pregnancy, will be detrimental to women and families. Women who make the choice to end a pregnancy do not do so lightly. Pregnancies sometimes are the result of a traumatic experience, rape, or incest. In addition, not all pregnancies are viable and threaten the life of the mother. To force these victims to continue a pregnancy under these circumstances is cruel and unjust.
The League of Women Voters of Wake County has led the charge in fighting for the rights of women since 1920. We encourage citizens to join us in this fight to ensure a democracy that works for all.
Cheryl Tung, President
League of Women Voters of Wake County
See also: May 11 Letter to the Editor from the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of NC