SAN ANTONIO – The possibility that Roe v. Wade being struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court worries about the precedent it will set.
It’s an issue that Dyana Limon-Mercado, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, sees going hand in hand with the abortion discussion.
“If you basically look at the groups that are opposed to abortion, they are also opposed to birth control. And these are the same groups that also attack trans children and LGBTQ rights,” Limon-Mercado said.
Looking at the leaked draft noticeJudge Samuel Alito writes Roe v. Wade must be struck down because “the Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by constitutional provision.”
The wording of the constitutionality worries Robert Salcido Jr., executive director of the Pride Center San Antonio.
“It’s horrible to think that access to abortion is going to be taken away. And then what’s next? And more specifically, marriage equality – is it next? Salcido said.
There is nothing written about reversing decisions that allow same-sex marriage or contraceptive rights in the draft. Still, Salcido and Limon-Mercado think it’s hidden between the lines.
“You are depriving people of their rights, their opportunity and their ability to make decisions for themselves. It’s a dangerous precedent,” Salcido said.
David Crockett of Trinity University disagrees. He sees the issues as completely separate.
“I’m not sure I would see the court going any further and doing something like overturning the same-sex marriage ruling from (a few) years ago. I don’t know if the numbers are there for that,” said Crockett, a professor and chair of Trinity University’s political science department.
Crockett isn’t convinced the court would have the support or desire to tackle all social issues.
In this silly Judge Alito wrote, “Nothing in this opinion should be construed as casting doubt on precedents not relating to abortion.”
The chief executive of Equality Texas, the state’s largest organization focused on LGBTQ+ equality, said they’re trying to stay away from speculation, just encouraging people to come forward and shape the politics they want to see.
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