Community reacts to Roe V. Wade’s overthrow; fears the LGBTQ+ community is next

“When he came out yesterday I was absolutely horrified, scared and still scared,” said Lisa Smith, the former president of YWCA Hanover.

HANOVER, Pa. — “I didn’t expect this at all, I’m sorry,” said Naomi Asper, Founder and Director of PRIDE Hanover.

Emotions were running high for some community members at PRIDE of Hannover as they share their thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.

“When he came out yesterday I was absolutely horrified, scared and still scared,” said Lisa Smith, the former president of YWCA Hanover.

“I was very upset, I think everyone has the right to have their own body,” Jenna Funk said.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider landmark High Court decisions that established same-sex marriage rights and contraceptive rights.

Thomas wrote in his concurring opinion that the justices “should reconsider all substantive due process precedents of this court, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell”, referring to three cases relating to fundamental privacy, America’s due process and equal rights protection.

Some say they think the LGBTQ+ community could be the next target.

“If they’re just worried about Roe vs. Wade, that’s not all they’re going to come next. They’re going to come for LGBTQIA, they’re going to come for all of us,” Asper said. .

“When they extend it more to same-sex marriage, the next thing will be transgender individuals, transgender youth, there will be no end, there will be no end,” Smith said.

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