Wade overturned: Processing the decision

By Phyllis Hanlon
August 5th, 2022

On June 24, the Supreme Court, in a five to four vote, overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling giving women the right to have an abortion. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion, determined that abortion is a matter for individual states to decide. The decision prompted protests both in support of the ruling and against. Psychologists in New England are examining the issue and evaluating its immediate and potential effects on patients.

Nicole Issa, Psy.D, director, PVD Psychological Associates in Providence, Rhode Island, has seen first-hand how this decision has negatively impacted her patients, and not just cisgender female clients.

“The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has triggered intense fear among individuals ...

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