Roe was fundamentally a privacy ruling. Its reversal has far-reaching implications not only for healthcare and the right to choose, but also for consumer privacy of all kinds, per leading experts. Other Constitutional rights contingent on privacy precedent — including same-sex marriage — could be next on the chopping block.

The implications of today’s ruling could be destabilizing, both politically and socially; a loss of the right to decisional privacy and the protections ensured under the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause could jeopardize Americans’ right to raise their children as they please, marry whom they wish and have consensual intimate relationships without government interference.

“Over time, the Supreme Court has incorporated other rights [within the] scope of 14th Amendment protections — before Roe v Wade, for example, in Griswold v Connecticut the issue of ‘marital privacy’ [was established as a 14th Amendment protection,]” says Arielle Garcia, chief privacy officer at media agency UM Worldwide. In essence, the overturning of Roe threatens to challenge the Constitutionality of same-sex marriage and other issues concerning personal decision-making.

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