1. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Folsom, Roe vs Wade supporter:
"I thought it was absolutely devastating. It's a complete tragedy. I think it has implications far beyond what we might think of that happening today or tomorrow or in June when the opinion is actually issued. And I kind of can't believe that I live in a country where things seem to be moving backwards."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Folsom, Roe vs Wade supporter:
"It's hard to live in a state where it feels as though they're taking away women's rights one by one. And obviously, with the news last night, it's particularly devastating since we have trigger laws on the books."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Folsom, Roe vs Wade supporter:
"Well, to be honest, I don't think it will primarily affect women like me. I'm a white collar, professional white woman, and I have the means to seek abortion access elsewhere. This is going to primarily affect people of color, people who don't have access to the economic means to travel elsewhere. It's going to have a devastating impact and it's not going to actually stop abortion."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Beavers, abortion opponent:
"Roe V Wade is a bad law. We need to be defending our our children, unborn or born. We need to be defending them. We need to be supporting them. We don't need to be killing them."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Beavers, abortion opponent:
"Well, we've closed a lot. We have seen a lot of them close. And this is the only one left."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Vara Lyons, policy counsel for the ACLU of Mississippi:
"Again, it's a draft opinion, but if it does come out the way it's written, it's going to be a horrific undoing of individuals' right to privacy of their freedom and reproductive choice. We're going to see women being unable to travel for abortion. We're going to see an uptick in forced pregnancies. And abortion is an incredibly safe procedure. And in Mississippi, it is actually safer to get an abortion than to give birth. So all this rhetoric that we're doing this to protect women is really a narrative falsehood."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vara Lyons, policy counsel for the ACLU of Mississippi:
"Another argument anti-abortion proponents commonly make is 'Well you can travel to a state that allows abortion.' And that's just not simply a reality for women of lower socioeconomic means. It costs about at least $500 for a flight from here to New York. Not to mention, having to get childcare and having only one clinic accessible in Mississippi for abortions has already been a burden on women with lower socioeconomic status and inability to get childcare."
People outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic are reacting to a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.
Jean Folsom called the news "absolutely devastating."
"It's a complete tragedy. I think it has implications far beyond what we might think of that happening today or tomorrow or in June when the opinion is actually issued. And I kind of can't believe that I live in a country where things seem to be moving backwards."
But abortion opponent Barbara Beavers said the Roe vs Wade decision was bad.
"We need to be defending our our children, unborn or born. We need to be defending them. We need to be supporting them. We don't need to be killing them."
About half of U.S. states are already expected to ban abortion if Roe falls, according to the abortion-rights think tank Guttmacher Institute. Twenty-two states, largely in the South and Midwest, already have total or near-total bans on the books. Aside from Texas, all are now blocked in court because of Roe.
Thirteen states have so-called trigger laws that would immediately ban abortion if Roe is overturned and would presumably go into effect if the Supreme Court majority votes for the draft in late June or early July.
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