I read the News Feature article of Saima May Sidik1 published in Nature on 10 August 2022 with interest and appreciation. I agree with the supreme court ruling that the constitution does not confer the right to abortion. Except in those situations where abortion is an indication in medical literature, it is not ethical to provide anyone the authority to end anyone’s life. Experts are expecting that abortions will continue in an illegal and unsafe manner. It would be a pessimistic way to approach this problem, and we should be optimistic about the strength of our law-abiding health care system. As far as further challenges (e.g. economic) are concerned, I think that the new supreme court ruling gives all of us the chance to rethink and change our sexual practices (e.g. Unprotected sexual intercourse) and proceed with the conception in a planned manner only. We can even decrease the chances of unwanted pregnancies and future abortions by using barrier methods, hormonal contraceptives, or intrauterine contraceptive devices up to much extent.
- Sidik SM. The effects of overturning Roe v. Wade in seven simple charts. Nature. 2022 Aug;608(7922):254-257. doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-02139-3. PMID: 35948717.