GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The United States Supreme Court could be poised to uphold a Mississippi law that bars abortion after 15 weeks, but it’s less clear if a majority of Justices will end the right to abortion nationwide. The right was established in the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case.
Hundreds of protestors rallied outside of the court on Wednesday. One of them was Amber Gavin, an advocate for abortion and the vice president of the A Woman’s Choice abortion clinic that has three locations in North Carolina.
“I just wanted to go there and represent the women in our community,” Gavin says.
Gavin says the restrictive abortion law passed in Texas is a real-time preview of what would happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
The Texas Heartbeat Act prohibits abortion when there is a detectable heartbeat, which may be as early as 6 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy.
Many women have traveled out of the Lone Star State to receive treatment at Gavins’ clinic.
“And those who are unable to travel are forced to remain pregnant against their will,” Gavin says.
One of the many politicians who has played a part in the abortion debate is Eastern North Carolina Rep. Greg Murphy. The Republican believes it’s a state’s rights issue and a right to life issue.
“I’m a right to life person,” Murphy says.
As the abortion debate continues on Capitol Hill and nationwide, Murphy says he respects the opinions of both sides on the issue.
“This is why we have courts,” Murphy says.
The debate over abortion is one of the longest-standing battles in American politics, and U.S. justices will likely not rule on the matter for months.
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