Student Roe V. Wade Supporters Are Walking Out Of Classes Across America

By Erika Hanson | 1 month ago

Roe V. Wade

America is facing a lot of tension over a longstanding supreme court ruling that may soon be overturned. Roe V Wade, the historic 1973 supreme court case that protects a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion is under investigation, and it is causing unrest across the nation. Students are even joining the battle to support the rights for women to choose, as children in schools all across America have been seen walking out of classes to protest the upcoming trial.

Students in major cities like Denver, Salt Lake City, and New York City have been reported to have staged walkouts last week in support of woman’s abortion rights, according to reports from Fox News. In The Big Apple, the country’s largest school district, students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens left their classes in support of Roe V Wade. They were sighted by the New York Post holding signs that said things like “Not Your Uterus, Not Your Opinion,” and another with a post stating “I will neuter you!”

Far to the west, students in Salt Lake City also joined the Roe V Wade support, leaving classrooms. Salt Lake Tribune reported that children from at least three separate schools participated in the walkouts last week. One student held a sign that read, “My arms are tired of holding this sign since the 1960s.” Another read, “If you don’t like being forced to wear a mask, imagine being forced to have a baby.”

In Denver, Colorado, a city known for its liberal viewpoints, more than 150 students walked out of classes and marched nearly three miles in favor of Roe V Wade. Colorado Public Radio reported that the students were marching to demand the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The students were heard chanting “Hey hey, ho ho. Justice Alito has got to go.”

So where, and exactly why, did all of this outrage around the U.S. derive? It all dates back to a few weeks ago when a draft of a US Supreme Court opinion was leaked across the internet. The information within the document indicated that the supreme court was in favor of overturning the long-standing federal government ruling of Roe V Wade, which gives women the right to receive an abortion in America. 

Roe V Wade was a court case stemming from a Texas woman who became pregnant in 1969. Not wanting to go through with the pregnancy, she was unable to receive an abortion in her residential state of Texas, so her attorneys filed a lawsuit on her behalf with the U.S. federal court. When the supreme court heard her case in 1973, the judges voted 7-2 in favor of the case, ruling that women were protected under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. constitution to choose whether or not to have an abortion. 

Further stirring the pot over the upcoming case, lawmakers in the Senate have also done their part to either support or overturn the Roe V Wade ruling within the last few weeks. Democratic Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for a floor vote on a bill that would codify the right to abortion into a new law. And on the other side, Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell has been heard in the news saying that he and other lawmakers are in favor of creating a law to make abortion illegal at the federal level.

As students join in the movement sweeping the nation in favor of keeping Roe V Wade law, there is still no official ruling on the matter. The current case challenging the longstanding ruling, known as Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, isn’t expected to be heard in the supreme court until mid to late June. Until then, activists, including young students, will continue to show their support for a woman’s right to receive an abortion in the United States.