Public reacts to SCOTUS Roe vs. Wade decision
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A divisive decision leads to a variety of opinions. That was the case Friday, June 24, following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, a ruling that had established the right to have access to an abortion in the United States.
The new ruling could make it a felony offense to receive an abortion in several states, including Wisconsin.
Amy Thomas says it was "disappointing" to hear the news.
"We should have the right, the decision, you know?" Thomas said. "It doesn't affect anybody but our bodies and ourselves. It was really saddening to hear."
Thomas had the support from some members of the male population who feel men shouldn't have a say in what a female chooses to do with her body.
"You have these super old people deciding what to do for millions of women across the country," said Jacob Wiener. "We don't see any reason why it's the man's decision."
Gretchen Graff says while she understands women wanting to have the right to choose what to do with their body, she says she supports the Supreme Court's decision.
"I don't support abortion, so I think it's fine," Graff said. "I just don't think it's right. I don't know how you can kill a baby. I don't think it's fair. They haven't done anything wrong and you just want to not even let them live."
While those who are pro-life celebrate the decision, pro-choice protests are taking place across the country. Thomas says today's ruling is concerning for the future.
"Nothing good is going to come of this. We'll probably lose more rights, so I think that's really scary," Thomas said. "We just have to do our research and really be on top. There's going to be 'safe states,' so that's where our safety net is."
Illinois and Minnesota are both so-called 'Safety States.' Both states have laws that protect the right to an abortion regardless of Friday's decision.