Idaho pro-choice and pro-life advocacy groups react and prepare

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 00:52:44-04

The seat soon to open on the Supreme Court bench leaves a woman's right to choose in a vulnerable position for reproductive advocates.

Mistie Tolman, Idaho Legislative Director & Public Affairs Manager of Planned Parenthood says, "President Trump has vowed to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. And if he's successful at that, then that constitutional right that's been the law of the land for over 40 years is in grave danger."

Tolman says Planned Parenthood is preparing to unite and resist.

 "We are resilient; we've been through a lot. And right now our focus really is on helping make sure that people can still access their reproductive rights," she says. If a conservative Justice is indeed appointed, she fears that generations to come will have their reproductive rights taken away.

"Truly, we're looking at a case where our daughters could have fewer rights than we do," Tolman says.

Brandi Swindell, CEO and Founder of pro-life medical clinic Stanton HealthCare, is on the other side of the debate. She touts the vacancy as a potential victory for future generations.

"We are hoping that the Court is transformed by a new justice that is going to have more leanings that uphold the dignity of life, that uphold the constitution," she says, "and we hope that we see Roe vs. Wade overturned. This is now a very real possibility."

Swindell says pre-born children may now get the protection she says they deserve.

"I believe strongly that human rights begin in the womb. Millions of Americans believe that human rights begin in the womb, and that pre-born child deserve protection, and truly have protection under the constitution."