The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has women scrambling — particularly in Kentucky. The deep red state has seen a surge in women of childbearing age seeking permanent sterilization – meaning that they will never be able to have kids. Some might say that this is extreme, but in the wake of an increasingly radical society that is turning the clock back decades – and a rogue Supreme Court – many are resorting to drastic measures.
According to Alex Acquisto at the Lexington Herald-Leader:
Byproduct of KY's abortion ban:
A Lexington OB-GYN told me this morning that yesterday, alone, her clinic got *91* appointment requests from women wishing to get surgically sterilized (tubes tied). Said that's far & away the most, ever. Tubals are permanent birth control.
— Alex Acquisto (@AcquistoA) June 28, 2022
The New York Times reported a spike in emergency contraceptives, like Plan B and the morning-after pill after the leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe. Pharmacies around the country are reporting limited supplies of the emergency contraceptives. CVS put a cap on the number that can be bought by an individual in a single purchase, saying they wanted “to ensure equitable access and consistent supply on store shelves.” Even deliveries from the usually reliable Amazon are backed up until mid-July.
Though birth control remains legal in the U.S., many are questioning how long that state of affairs will last. Several states have already passed legislation that allows doctors and pharmacists to prevent, or refuse to fill, birth control prescriptions. Some states, like Oklahoma, have defined “life” as beginning at the moment of fertilization as opposed to fetal viability, which can be confusing for many, especially IUD users.
While Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh have said their ruling on Roe won’t affect other landmark decisions like Griswold v. Connecticut – which constitutionally protects the right to buy and use contraception – Justice Clarence Thomas doesn’t agree. Thomas’s concurrence in the Dobbs V Jackson opinion explicitly states that he is seeking to re-visit – and possibly overturn – the 1965 ruling.
That those young women in Kentucky are willing to go to such lengths – giving up the ability to have children at all – is an indictment of not just where we are as a nation, but of our basic humanity. The perspective that has been shaped by where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re headed – it’s just not positive.
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