Roe v. Wade Overturned and What it Means for You


Ashley Swaw, Editor

The Overturning of Roe v. Wade and What It Means for You

In a five to three vote, the Supreme Court has made it official that abortion rights are not guaranteed for all. 

The court overturned the bill on June 24th, 2022, following the release of a draft opinion in May. Despite what many think, this ruling does not automatically mean the loss of all abortion rights, but rather it is up to the states to choose. 

So far a total of twelve states have a complete ban on all abortion without any exceptions. According to The New York Times, these states include:

  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • Oklahoma
  • Montana
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Texas
  • Louisiana 

Additionally from The New York Times, fifteen states have chosen to keep the protection in place, including:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington

The overturning has opened the door for many other Supreme Court decisions to be overturned. Specifically according to Justice Thomas rulings like, “Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” These decisions include things like rights to contraception and same sex marriage, according to

This can be an extremely confusing time for many people wondering what rights they still have, but hopefully this has clarified initial confusion.