Letter: Overturning Roe v. Wade affects more than abortion

So many people (in discussions I have recently listened to) have been surprised to understand that the Supreme Court did not decide in Roe v. Wade that abortion was or was not legal. It decided that the “right of a citizen to privacy over their body” meant there could not be prohibition of abortion in our laws.

Q: What would happen if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade?

A: Decision would be given to the states to decide under their constitutions to outlaw abortion, or not. Some would, others would not, but a whole lot of other laws would/could be legal, ones we are not even discussing right now.


Because Roe v. Wade was about liberty and bodily privacy with the effect of overruling abortion laws. We now have almost absolute right to privacy of one’s own body. The Supreme Court’s decision is a precedent, that a person not only has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; under the right to liberty we have a right to bodily privacy.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the point will be that citizens have no right to privacy per our Constitution of their own body and body functions, no matter our personal beliefs or private needs are about our bodies.

It means if the government, local, state or federal, votes to pass a law that everyone needs to give blood for the good of society, it cannot be challenged, justifying there are times a law must be passed. Or, pass a law that everyone over a certain age must donate a kidney, lung, uterus or skin cells. It will be called "for the good of society" and will be legal because the right to privacy over your body was given up when Roe v. Wade was overturned. Consequently it would be possible, though I am SURE we here in the USA would never, to pass a law requiring abortion (like China did). Ask a lawyer. We as a society over time can be a very self-interested fickle group. Think about “prohibition” as one example.

The state can set some limits on abortions when the “state” can support the life outside the body of the woman it is growing in. The heart beat laws are meant to test Roe v. Wade and get it overturned.

If it is, stand by for more laws about your body and society's right to it.

We can discuss abortion, but it will continue to exist spontaneously or as decided. However, loss of the right to privacy of our own bodies opens to the future a whole new can of worms, just to add some humor.

Caryl Exner

Spring Valley