Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Leak Prompts Outpour of Abortion Stories

Following the unprecedented leak of a Supreme Court initial majority draft opinion to undo Roe v. Wade, Twitter users shared personal stories on how abortion changed lives for the better and times when it was needed most.

The document, first obtained by Politico, outlined the potential demise of the landmark 1973 ruling guaranteeing abortion rights. The revelation sent shockwaves across the nation.

Protesters gathered at the fenced-off Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Monday night. On social media, where reproductive rights are at the heart of fervent debates, many Twitter users in favor of Roe v. Wade weighed in by speaking from experience.

Pro-choice protestors rally at Supreme Court
Pro-choice protesters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 02, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

"I was sexually abused by father, got pregnant to him at 17, and had an abortion," tweeted @JadedAbby. "I left home, went to college, and got my bachelor's and, eventually, masters in nursing.

"Without the abortion, I would have been dependent on my parents and subject to my father's continued abuse."

@Saintsfan5348 wrote: "I was gang raped at 18 & had an abortion. I don't regret my decision. When I was 23, I was in an abusive relationship when I got pregnant. I chose to end the pregnancy and got out of the relationship.

"Your religious beliefs rule your life not mine."

A user who goes by @msleen1970 posted: "If abortion wasn't legal when I was 14 years old. I would've been forced to carry a child when I was [raped] by a member of my own family. Abortion rights is near and dear to my heart and I will fight like hell till the day I die."

After right-wing YouTuber Mark Dice equated abortion to murder, Canadian author Xiran Jay Zhao responded: "What do you have to say to my mom who was pregnant with triplets the whole family was excited for but then one of them turned out to be a cancerous mass that would've killed her if she hadn't had an abortion"

Another user, @Joyjoysilva, shared a harrowing family story.

"I've NEVER written about this in public but I think now's the time," they tweeted.

"In 1963 my 16 yo sister and her boyfriend committed suicide because she got pregnant. There was no access to abortion for a lower middle class young woman, and certainly no birth control yet."

"They planned it all out and pretended everything was fine, and then one night they didn't come home," they continued in a second post. "My life and family were shattered, nothing was ever the same again. 20 years later my mother followed suit.

"Abortion protection matters, loss of that has consequences."

In the controversial document, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito called Roe v. Wade "egregiously wrong from the start."

"[F]ar from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division," Alito wrote, referring to Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 case that similarly enshrined abortion rights.

Alito further stated that "a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation's history and traditions."

"We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer the right to abortion," the document reads. "Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives."

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, reproductive rights groups expect dozens of states will move to prohibit or heavily restrict access to abortions.

The Center for Reproductive Rights estimates 24 states would implement such bans or restrictions, while the Guttmacher Institute believes a total of 26 states will do so.