Abortion rights under threat across nation

A leaked majority Supreme Court opinion shows the landmark case Roe v. Wade may be struck down. The opinion, which was leaked to Politico and is supported by five conservative Supreme Court justices, may allow states to decide whether abortion is legal. 

News of the leak angered pro-choice activists in the Twin Cities, who protested last week.

Aaron Silva was one of hundreds who participated in a University of Minnesota student-led march to Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office to protest the imminent opinion. “I know people who’ve been affected personally by not having that option in different states, specifically southern states, and it’s just not right,” said Silva.

Until Roe v. Wade is struck down, abortion remains legal in all 50 states. Gov. Tim Walz pledged abortion will remain legal for as long as he is in office. Walz faces re-election this November. 

The U.S. Senate plans to vote on a bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law this week. Even though the Senate has a de facto Democratic majority, it’s unlikely to pass as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as every single Republican senator, opposes it. 

“All of us out here are living amongst wives, sisters, friends, that are going through situations that call for needed abortions,” said Alemni Yiran, who marched with protesters on Washington Ave. “Making that access difficult is unnecessary and harmful, and kills lots of women across the country.”

Look for more on this developing story in upcoming editions of the MSR.