Abortion ruling: B.C. nurse reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decision

A nurse and sexual health educator from Nanaimo, B.C., says she is ‘heartbroken’ by the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn her Roe V. Wade decision allowing each state to ban abortions .

Friday’s vote could trigger abortion bans in about half of US states.

“I almost couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” Nanaimo nurse Kassidy Delcaro said. “It’s really heartbreaking for everyone involved – all the providers, all the patients, it’s heartbreaking.”

Delcaro says the US Supreme Court ruling won’t stop women from having abortions, but it will stop safe abortions from happening.

She added that the decision will also have a disproportionate impact on minorities.

“I think it’s just a general feeling of helplessness and loss of control that we’re feeling right now,” she said.

“As the world went on, we gained a lot of rights [for women] in many ways, but the fact that there was a really big one that they took away so easily, it’s scary,” Delcaro said.

The Nanaimo nurse says she is also concerned that the ruling endorses the sentiment that abortions are immoral.

“It’s a kind of giving [supporters] confirmation that it’s fake,” she said. “It’s the 21st century, it’s ridiculous that I’m talking here.”

While the decision wasn’t made official until Friday morning, Delcaro says there’s already a local website that has resources on how to support and improve reproductive rights in Canada.

The website hosts what it calls the BC Reproductive Justice Manifesto, which outlines ways provincial and federal governments could improve access to, funding for, and protection of abortion and contraceptive services in British Columbia and in Canada.

“There’s a lot of different things you can sign up for, a lot of different organizations you can join,” Delcaro said.

“I think just knowing that there’s a huge amount of people in a lot of different groups, and a lot of different people and different providers who are going to keep fighting for that right [is important],” she says.

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