Bowling Green community reacts to decision

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – In a historic moment in American history, the Supreme Court overturned the decision in Roe v. Wade.

Some Bowling Green residents are reacting to the decision.

“It’s really scary, not just for women or people with wombs, but for a lot of other marginalized communities,” said Abigail Williams, who expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“I am still shocked that for over 50 years the laws in place have been completely repealed and gone. So, I’m pretty stunned at the moment,” adds Renea Delong, another resident who expressed disappointment.

“The effect for me is basically non-existent. Personally, there is no risk. But I have four sisters, I have nine nieces. But it is a restriction of their rights, whatever they are. aware of it or not. And that’s very sad, and to put it mildly, the millions of Americans across this country will be affected,” added Jessiah Eberlin.

“Just because someone doesn’t have the reproductive organs to get pregnant doesn’t mean these issues don’t affect them,” adds Williams.

Many expressing their views of disappointment, others in favour.

“The decision is not about abortion, the decision is about making choices for yourself. And for people to stay vigilant in their efforts to fight for rights. And to know that while we’re numb, you are not alone,” Delong said.

“When you look at women who aren’t ready to have a baby, or don’t have the resources to have a baby, you end up having children who either like being placed in foster care or they don’t. don’t have the resources to be raised as they should and it’s not the mother’s fault,” Williams also says.

“I saw that and I thought, ‘wow,’ we’ve absolutely taken a spiritual step that would get us back on track,” said Mike Smith, pastor of Maple Street Church of God.

Some are sending words of encouragement about next steps.

“If you’re a conservative person, if you’re a Republican, if you’re really pro-life, then today might feel like a victory. But you should also consider other things, you know, expanding sex education,” Eberlin added.

There is an exception to Kentucky’s abortion ban, when the mother’s life is in danger, rape is not an exception.

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