UK medical journal Lancet slams draft leak toppling Roe v Wade
The Lancet medical journal slammed the Supreme Court’s leaked draft suggesting the overthrow of Roe V. Wade, saying the justices would have “women’s blood on their hands” if they overturned the landmark abortion case.
The world-renowned peer-reviewed publication warned in its latest publish Thursday that Roe V. Wade’s end would cause women to risk their health and have unsafe abortions.
“The fact is, if the Supreme Court of the United States upholds its proposed decision, women will die,” the publication writes in its editorial. “Judges who vote to strike down Roe will not succeed in ending abortion, they will only succeed in ending safe abortion.”
“Alito and his supporters will have women’s blood on their hands,” he concluded, referring to Judge Samuel Alito, who wrote the court’s draft majority opinion that was leaked last week, sparking controversy. pro-choice protests on Capitol Hill and outside the homes of the six GOP-appointed justices.
The Lancet medical journal warned in its latest issue on Thursday (pictured) that the end of Roe V. Wade would push women into unsafe abortions
The Lancet condemned leaked draft opinion which showed majority of Supreme Court justices set to overturn landmark 1973 abortion case
The leak has led dozens of doctors and medical experts to call on SCOTUS to keep Roe V. Wade on while advocates of the choice continue to demonstrate at the Capitol and at the homes of the six GOP-appointed justices. Pictured is the Supreme Court with a protest fence
Speaking about the medical consequences of a possible reversal, the Lancet editorial board estimated that approximately 33 million women undergo unsafe abortions worldwide each year, and that number would increase if the United States ended to Roe V. Wade.
“If the court denies women the right to a safe abortion, it will be a judicial endorsement of state control over women – a breathtaking setback for women’s health and rights, with global repercussions” , wrote The Lancet.
Leaving the right to abortion to the states would also mean that those who cannot afford to travel to another state with lax restrictions would be more likely to seek out unsafe methods to terminate their pregnancies.
The medical journal also noted that black women would bear the brunt of the impact as the population has higher rates of unintended pregnancy as well as higher maternal mortality rates.
“These stark racial and class disparities require urgent solutions, not more legal barriers,” the editorial said.
The medical journal implored the judges to reject the draft opinion and make their decision centered not on the Constitution, but on women’s health needs.
“What is so shocking, inhuman and irrational about this draft opinion is that the Court bases its decision on an 18th century document that ignores the realities of women in the 21st century,” the Lancet wrote. “History and tradition can be respected, but they should only be partial guides.
Although it uses much harsher wording, the Lancet editorial echoes the warning from other medical journals and doctors worried about Roe V. Wade’s future.
Scientific America and The New England Journal of Medicine, along with dozens of physicians and health experts across the country who have joined Columbia University’s Department of Public Health to write a letter at SCOTUS, underscored fears that unsafe abortions could linger in the shadows if judges accepted the draft opinion leaked last week.
Experts have warned that the death rate for unsafe abortions is 14 times higher than legally induced abortions, and said banning abortions could lead to a 21% increase in pregnancy-related deaths in the United States. United.
“As public health experts, we urge SCOTUS to consider science and public welfare in asserting constitutional protection for abortion,” the experts wrote.
Protesters showed up outside the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, of which Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a member. Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett are all ready to take down Roe V. Wade
Alito, who authored the leaked draft notice, saw the bulk of the protesters outside his home in Alexandria, Virginia.
Pro-life protesters also came to Alito’s home to show their support for the public.
The women’s health warnings are the result of Alito’s opinion, which overturns the landmark case that made abortion legal in the country and remains only a pending aired draft, Policy reported.
Conservative judges Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett had approved the proposed ruling, leading SCOTUS to overthrow Roe V. Wade this summer with a 5-4 decision.
The draft opinion could change before the court officially releases its decision in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, at the end of its term in late June or early July.
Many are looking at Chief Justice John Roberts, wondering what he is going to do, and seeing this case as the greatest test of his leadership.
He could try to convince one of the other conservative judges to withdraw his support for Alito’s opinion and join him in a more centrist opinion that would not formally overthrow Roe but maintain Mississippi’s 15-week limit on practicing the most abortions.
This would maintain a certain federal guarantee of the right to abortion. Overthrowing Roe would send the abortion issue back to the states, leaving each to make its own law.
Tensions between the two sides over the abortion debate skyrocketed as anti-protest fences were erected around the Supreme Court building where justices met again on Thursday.
Demonstrations have also taken place outside the homes of Tory judges as choice advocates continue to urge judges to uphold the landmark 1973 case.