Lincoln, Neb., Jessica Versaw, 33, seemed like a great place to live. It is a college town where she has a supportive network of family and friends. But since the decision, she’s spent much of her time thinking about what a post-Roe world means for Nebraska.
Now Mrs. Versaw, a software designer, has the idea of leaving the state. Abortion is still legal, but Republican Governor Pete Ricketts has said he will ban it, even in rape cases.
“We thought it was enough to live somewhere where this blue dot is in a red state,” she said. “But if the state abandons us, we’ll leave it behind.”
Abbey Ragain, a 23-year-old in Lincoln, said she had heard from friends in other states where access to abortion had been threatened or banned, and that she was even more determined to fight a similar move in Nebraska.
“We’re not working for a future, or living in a state that protects existing lives,” she said.
Emily Ross, a 33-year-old project manager at a factory in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, never considered herself politically active. But now she feels compelled to volunteer for a political campaign in a bid to elect a Democratic governor in the fall election. If Roe could be overturned, would the Supreme Court take over birth control — even the morning-after pill?
“I’m really worried about what the future might be because this is step 1,” she said. “I don’t care what anyone says. There are a lot of freedoms that we thought we had, and I don’t think they will exist in five years, unless we make some serious changes.”