Lafayette, La (KADN) -The ruling eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion after almost 50 years has been met with applause and anger across the country.
The constitutional right to abortion access for all is no longer a guarantee for women. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark in place for fifty years. This will now give individual states the power to set their abortion laws, and in states like Louisiana, which have so-called trigger laws on the books, abortion is now illegal.
In 1973, the Roe vs. Wade decision declared that women had the right to have an abortion nationwide, and things have changed. Since the news broke, comments from both sides regarding abortion have been loud. NEWS15 to both pro-life and pro-choice about this decision, as they believe this has changed the U.S forever.
The news of Roe v Wade being overturned has further divided an already divided country.
"Devastating consequence. It means they will not have the right to end a pregnancy."
"We have finally ended the killing babies before they are born."
The Supreme Court stripped away the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century.
President Biden says it's a said day for the court and the country as he urges Americans to elect pro-abortion rights officials. "Now, with Roe gone, let's be clear the health and the life of this nation are now on the risk."
CEO of Desormeaux Foundation, Brenda Desormeaux, has been working in the pro-life movement for fifty years, and this is the moment she has been waiting for. "The right to abortion is not in the constitution. We do not have the right to kill babies, but it is way overdone, and I can't be more excited and happy."
According to Rainn.com, every sixty-eight seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Through Louisiana's new trigger ban, those raped are not able to get an abortion as well unless they can access a morning-after pill before the pregnancy is clinically diagnosed.
Executive director of the ALCU of Louisiana, Alanah Odoms, says it's a devastating consequence for sexual assault survivors. "It means that they will not have the right to end a pregnancy that resulted from a violation of their dignity and their humanity. The hard that was perpetrated by a violation like that."
Odoms plans to fight this trigger ban here in Louisiana and is asking for congress and the Biden administration to stand up and make changes to protect women's rights.
Though Attorney General Jeff Landry has one word for that, as NEWS15 questioned him about those speaking and planning to fight this, what he has to say about it.
"Suit up.... *claps* I would tell you if you are in Louisiana. You are in for a fight, " says Attorney General Jeff Landry.
The decision may also mean that the court and the abortion question will become a focal point in the upcoming fall election.