How the Roe v. Wade decision could impact contraception access, LGBTQ+ rights

TULSA, Okla. — As the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCTOUS) handed down their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a separate opinion. His opinion could open the door for the courts to overturn other landmark decisions, such as same-sex marriage, contraception access and other rights.

In his concurring opinion, Thomas wrote, “For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell.”

The cases Thomas listed are the current rulings in place for same-sex relationships, marriage and access to birth control.

According to Cornell Law School, the due process clause is described as “The legal obligation of all states to provide fair procedures.”

Stephanie Ingersoll told FOX23 this opinion is a scary possibility for her family.

“If I had an exit out of the country, I’d take it today,” Ingersoll said.

She explained her family is part of the LGBTQ+ community. Ingersoll declined to go into detail in order to protect her family’s safety, but she said this possibility would hurt so many people.

“The effects of [the ruling] are going to be major because we have a family, healthcare, adopted children. What does that mean for any of them?” She asked. “It’s not just, ‘let’s get rid of marriage equality.’ It’s, ‘let’s get rid of these families who have been established.’”

Ingersoll added she fears for her children’s future and their safety. She told FOX23 she felt the ruling was taking America back in time.

“My family is just like any other family, and we were just settling in where we feel like we have the same rights and comforts that other families have,” she said. “We feel like it’s being taken away.”