Breakup: Roe v Wade canceled
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed its 1973 decision on Roe vs. Waderemoving the constitutional right to abortion across America.
The landmark judgment does not criminalize abortion at the national level, but returns the power to individual states to legislate the issue.
Nearly half of the 50 states had legislation ready to impose strong restrictions on abortion in the event of such a decision.
A document leaked last month said the court could overturn the 1973 judgment, and that was confirmed by today’s decision. The Court also overturned a 1992 decision on Planned Parenthood vs. Caseywho had reaffirmed the right to abortion.
On behalf of the majority, Judge Samuel Alito wrote: “We believe that roe deer and Casey must be cancelled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by a constitutional provision”.
Several states had abortion bans in place before the original ruling that were never repealed, meaning this legislation will go into effect again.
Many other states have passed “trigger laws” in recent years, meaning that as soon as the ruling is overturned, they would be ready to introduce their own bans. Of these, 13 have introduced legislation prohibiting abortion in the first and second trimesters (up to 24 weeks). Third-trimester abortions are only allowed in limited circumstances in the United States.
“Brave and Correct”
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the minority Senate, hailed the court’s “courageous and correct” decision.
He wrote: “For 50 years, states have been unable to enact even modest protections for unborn children. More than 90% of Europe limits abortion on demand after 15 weeks, but every US state was forced to allow it more than a month after a baby was in pain, yawning, stretched and sucked his thumb.
“Legal activists said every state should handle abortion like China and North Korea and no state could handle it like France or Germany.
“Not anymore. Now the American people have their voice back.
Ciarán Kelly, of the Christian Institute, said: “This is great news. It is a historic day.
“This is a ruling that recognizes there is no constitutional right to abortion and returns abortion law to state legislators. Many of them want to do more to protect women and unborn children and now they will be able to do so.
“In generations to come, there will be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who will look back and realize that they owe their lives to this moment.”
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