Today, Cabrini students, staff and faculty reacted to news of a leaked majority Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
According to the draft obtained by POLITICO, the court would overturn Roe v. Wade‘s holding of a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Early Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf reacted to the news, making it clear in a tweet that abortion will “remain legal in Pennsylvania.”
“Abortion is and will remain legal in Pennsylvania.
3 things to keep in mind:
1️⃣ An official ruling has not yet been made
2️⃣ Once #SCOTUS does rule, it’s up to states to pass legislation to change abortion laws
3️⃣ I’ll veto any anti-choice legislation that lands on my desk https://t.co/kbBGadiMMS.”
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 3, 2022
Still, the leaked draft is sparking a surge of mixed reactions.
However, Cabrini chaplain, Rev. David Driesch, O. Praem, said more discussion needs to happen on both sides of the issue.
Guilherme Lopes, director of Campus Ministry, also shares a very similar point-of-view.
According to the POLITICO published Monday, “the Supreme Court voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court.”
“The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote.
The New York Times reports that other publications “have not confirmed the authenticity of the draft, and Supreme Court justices sometimes change their minds during the writing of opinions. But many legal observers are treating the draft as authentic and assuming that abortion policy in the U.S. is about to be transformed.”
“It should be based on the individual. It shouldn’t be anyone else’s decision but the person who wants to make the decision,” Anri Vardanyan, senior criminology major, said. “I don’t think this is a decision a male should make. It’s the woman who gets to decide.”