Roe V. Wade: Many question Supreme Court’s decision

Dalianny Corporan

People protesting for the right to an abortion. (Source: Columbia University)

Most Conservatives approve the structure of the Supreme Court, but after the overturning of Roe v Wade, many Americans started questioning the partiality and trust in the Supreme Court justice system. There is only a 40 percent approval of the Supreme Court.

Many Americans believe there should be an increase of members in the Supreme Court beyond the nine-member maximum, and there be a cap on their serving term, so they do not have a life-long tenure. When Supreme Court judges get anointed by an elected US President, they serve life-long, or when they choose to retire. According to Justice, The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the American judicial system, and has the power to decide appeals on all cases brought in federal court or those brought in state court, but dealing with federal law. 

Many conservatives want the system to stay the same because the Supreme Court is mostly conservative.

“I think the Supreme Court is perfect right where it is and we can finally demonstrate the right American values,” Conservative Delaware Resident, Maggie Smith said.

However, 37 percent of Americans believe the court is too conservative. Many young students do not like the system.

“I don’t like how the court is unequal now. It is not fair how the overruling is going to harm the lives of so many people,” Liberal Delaware State University Student, Christina Spraggins said.

The Recent Ruling

The overturn ruled 5-4 in the Dobbs v Jackson case that was 6-3 for the Mississippi case restricting abortion.

The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021 Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court judges who voted for the overturning of Roe v Wade were Conservative members Brett M. Kavanagh, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., and Neil M. Gorsuch.

The Supreme Court judges who voted to uphold Roe v Wade were Liberal members Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.

The Original Roe v Wade Case

Roe v Wade was put into law federally in 1973 by the voted majorty. The Supreme Court members at the time of passing the original Roe v Wade case were Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Associate Justices William O. Douglas,  William J. Brennan Jr., Potter Stewart, Byron White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell Jr., and William Rehnquist

Members of the Supreme Court of the United States pose in Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 20, 1972. Seated in the front row, from left, are, Associate Justices Potter Stewart, William O. Douglas, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Associate Justice William J. Brennan Jr., and Byron R. White. Standing in the back row, from left, are, Associate Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackman, and William H. Rehnquist. Justices Powell and Rehnquist are the newest members of the court. (AP Photo)

It was a considered a revolutionary change at the time after the civil rights movement and the start of the feminist movement. The video below explains Roe v Wade in detail.

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