Students sound off on Roe V. Wade, abortion rights ahead of the election results

Written By Tia Bailey

All sources interviewed for this article requested anonymity.


The day that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, many immediately wondered what would happen to Roe v. Wade in the midst of their mourning. 

The argument of what could happen Roe v. Wade is debated by two groups of people—those who are pro-life, and are against abortions, and those who are pro-choice, and believe it is the woman’s choice on if she gets one or not. 

Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit family planning organization, is a well-known center as it does provide abortion services. Inthe past few years, many people have wanted Planned Parenthood to be defunded solely for this reason, while others argue that they provide more services than just abortions. 

A sophomore at Point Park University went to Planned Parenthood to get birth control. 

“I just went for birth control,” she said. “But they also offered me STD testing.”

The student had gone to the facility in Downtown Pittsburgh accompanied by her then-boyfriend, and the staff took measures to make sure she had come on her own free will. 

“They did a full abuse screening to make sure that I wasn’t in an abusive relationship, and that he wasn’t making me go get birth control,” she said. 

She had decided to go to a Planned Parenthood for birth control because she didn’t know how her insurance worked, and the organization is well-known for providing affordable birth control. 

“I know if you can’t afford something they can sometimes help you pay for it,” she said. “And it’s close to campus and was easier to fit into my schedule than going somewhere else.”

Overall, she is a supporter of the organization and hopes that nothing will happen to Roe V. Wade. 

“Even if it doesn’t move forward, hopefully we can keep it where it is,” she said. 

Another student who is a senior at Point Park University, has gone to the same Planned Parenthood. She went for birth control as well and was provided with screening for other things. 

“I was able to have my appointment, STD testing, pregnancy testing and a mental screening all for free,” she said. “Since my insurance only covers most things in [home state], they allowed me to use an income sliding scale, which obviously as a college student I don’t make a lot, so they were extremely helpful.”

She describes her experience as “really great,” as the nurse practitioners were kind and helped relieve her anxiety.

“I only went once and I have a follow up appointment in a couple of months,” she said. “The follow up appointment is just to make sure the birth control isn’t having any unexpected reactions in my body or on my mental health.”

She also wants nothing to happen to Roe V. Wade.

“I think if Roe V. Wade is abolished, it’s going to harm a lot of women everywhere,” she said. “I think if Roe V. Wade is abolished then abortions won’t stop, but only SAFE abortions will stop.”

She says that this will be putting mothers and babies at risk, as illegal abortions are dangerous and are not a better option than safe, legal abortions. 

“Planned Parenthood helps so many people and not just women and not just women who are seeking abortions,” she said. “When I went in, I saw a pamphlet with all that they offer people and even I was surprised.”

Both of the girls recalled being harassed by protestors outside of the organization. 

The sophomore student remembers older people passing out pieces of paper with other gynecologists on it, as well as bible verses. She said she was helped into the building by volunteers to escort patients. 

The senior student had a similar experience. 

 “I have to walk past Planned Parenthood frequently since Liberty Ave is a common route for me and there are always protestors,” she said. “They shove their fliers in your hands.”

While more people are becoming pro-choice (a demographic table showed that in 2020, about 48% of American adults sampled are pro-choice, while 46% are pro-life), there are still some people who lean more towards the pro-life side of the debate.

A senior at Grove City has been pro-life his whole life. 

“The stance of the pro-life movement is often-heard but bears repeating,” he said. “Abortion is, without question, the murder of a child that has not yet been born.”

He believes that the issue is not just about the woman’s body, but about the fetus’ as well.

“It’s not a question about solely women’s rights, it’s a question of human rights for the pro-life movement,” he said. “It’s about halting a common practice that intentionally kills innocent lives.” 

He does not support Planned Parenthood, as they do perform abortions. He acknowledges that they offer other helpful services but cannot justify supporting them as long as abortion is one of those services. He questions Roe v. Wade and wonders why the decision to end a life is a federal right. He is unsure of what he thinks will come of Roe v. Wade.

“Due to the shifting political climate, I am not sure anyone could accurately predict what will happen to this court case,” he said. “One presidential candidate is determined to strike it down — the other has suggested packing the Supreme Court to maintain it.”

Another Point Park student has similar views to the Grove City student. He describes his views on the topic as biblical, and he believes that abortion is wrong. 

“Pro-life for me goes further though,” he said. “Pro-life stretches to all aspects of life that there are injustices upon.”

He can also acknowledge that Planned Parenthood offers more than just abortions but cannot support them because of their abortion services. He compares the idea of Planned Parenthood to World War II.

“The atrocities of war take many different forms and many thought what Hitler did was rightful and just,” he said. “But how do we see history pay out when we look upon it? The Nazis offered great things for their people, but with the price of genocide. That’s how I view Planned Parenthood—it offers great resources to women with the cost of countless babies paying the price.”

As for Roe v. Wade, he would like to see it overturned, and have a new system be set in place.

“What I would like to see is there to be a better system rise up than Planned Parenthood that actually helps both the mother and child,” he said. “One that we can use the money from the countless murders to pour into and fix our adoption system and foster care system, that way it is much more viable than a murder.”

Amy Coney Barrett, who is pro-life, was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate on Oct. 26.