The internet has been ablaze with polarizing debates about abortion after a leaked Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) draft majority opinion obtained by Politico suggested the 1973 ruling of Roe v Wade could be overturned.
The Roe v Wade ruling legalized abortion in the US, but Justice Samuel Alito called it "egregiously wrong from the start" in the 98-page draft opinion.
The decision to reverse the landmark ruling–which would eliminate federal protections for women's reproductive rights–indicates that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority would ignore the legal precedent and uphold an unconstitutional Mississippi law that bans abortion care after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.
This is the subject of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a pending SCOTUS case about the constitutionality of the 2018 law.
In an attempt to silence those relentlessly pushing their pro-life agenda on social media in the wake of the Supreme Court's draft leak, one Twitter user named Ian responded under the guise of an ally and asked a simple question.
Ian posted two juxtaposed photos of fetuses and asked:
"Do these look like human beings capable of living on their own and making independent choices on their own lives?"
One user argued in response:
"1 year olds cant live on there own or make real decisions so should be abort them also."
To which Ian indicated the pictured unborn offspring were not human.
"The one on the left is an elephant. The one on the right is a dog," he wrote.
Twitter reacted accordingly.
According to data from Guttmacher Institute, 26 states are "certain or likely" to ban abortions if the Supreme Court overturns or guts Roe v Wade.
They also provided an infographic stating that abortion restrictions "are about control–They are designed to make care harder to provide, obtain and afford."