BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Emotions were running high on Virginia Tech’s campus Tuesday after a Supreme Court draft opinion about overturning Roe v. Wade — protecting the federal right to abortion — was leaked.
“I cried because I knew that this was going to happen. I had a feeling that it was going to happen,” said Narwas Zarzalas, a Virginia Tech student.
When asked to comment on the news, Zarazalas was more than willing to say this topic weighed heavy on her heart.
“To be able to say that a small group of people can change what every single woman in the country can and cannot due with their bodies is terrifying,” said Zarzalas told WFXR News.
Many members of the campus community say they were in shock that the Supreme Court could even be considering overturning the landmark 1973 case.
“We hear about, ‘oh, the Supreme court is, like, the law of the land and they are these great people that are super wise and stuff,’ and they’re not. It’s just this stupid partisan stuff that’s going against, you know, the clear will of the people,” Ben Jackson, another Hokie, said.
Jackson — who found out about the leaked draft opinion when his girlfriend texted him the news on Monday, May 2 — says he wasn’t surprised because this is has been a topic of conversation in the past.
Another student told WFXR News’ Kelsey Jean-Baptiste that they are in agreement because, if the Supreme Court overturns the decision, it shows that they are trying to rewrite history.
“It’s 2022 and the fact that anyone with a uterus is getting threatened, their reproductive rights are being threatened, it’s just, I couldn’t even believe it,” said Virginia Tech student Amanda Roberson. “I honestly thought it was a joke.”
However, other abortion-rights protesters say they think the Supreme Court justices are on the right track.
“I am very excited to hopefully see the overturning of Roe v. Wade. I’m excited to be a part of the first-ever post-Roe generation in America,” said a protester in front of the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Roberson believes that even if the Supreme Court decides to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, it won’t change anything.
“There are still going to be abortions, they’re just not going to be safe, and people might not be able to have access to having a safe abortion and it might more difficulties for them in the future,” said Roberson.