US abortion advocates vow to fight expected Roe v Wade decision

Dazon Dixon Diallo says she felt mixed emotions when she read the US Supreme Court’s draft decision.

While not final, the majority opinion – first published by Politico on Monday evening – showed the country’s highest court had voted to strike down Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that guarantees the right to abortion in the United States.

“In a matter of seconds I went through a number of emotions,” said Dixon Diallo, founder of Sister Love, a sexual and reproductive health advocacy group in the US state of Georgia.

While she was not surprised, given the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, she said she felt “absolute rage at the almost judicial vitriol in terms of the language that went into the opinion”.

Georgia is one of the states that is likely to enact a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy – a point at which many do not know they are pregnant – if Roe v Wade is rolled back, reproductive rights groups have said.

Dixon Diallo said people of African descent and young people will face the brunt of such a decision. Families and communities around pregnant people will also be affected.

“Having the children that you want to have at the time you want to have them is tied to your own aspirations for your own destiny, and if you don’t have the ability to make decisions around that, then you could be locked into poverty for longer,” she told Al Jazeera.

“We know that having more unintended pregnancies and more children than we can afford, or have planned, or have the capacity to raise, is a detriment to our whole community, economically, politically, culturally.”

Abortion still legal

While the Supreme Court is only expected to deliver a final decision by late June, the draft opinion leaked on Monday has prompted abortion providers to emphasise that abortion is still legal in the US – and that they will continue providing care.“We intend to continue providing care, even if in Georgia the worst-case scenario happens and it’s a six-week abortion ban,” said MK Anderson, who uses they/them pronouns and is the director of communications at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta.

“We’re definitely not going to close our doors,” Anderson told Al Jazeera.

“We already have abortion bans, two of them, a 15-week ban and a six-week ban, that are being litigated in the courts, but they’ve been held up in anticipation of this [Supreme Court] decision. So what the Georgia courts do with those bans is going to depend on the particulars of the decision.”

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