US Supreme Court overturns abortion rights, Roe v Wade . overthrow

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The Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to abortion in the United States, overturning a precedent set nearly 50 years ago in the landmark Roe v Wade case — a rare reversal of long-established legislation that has damaged the foundations of modern day law. reproductive rights will break in America.

The court’s decision came in the crucial matter Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the last abortion clinic in Mississippi opposed the state’s attempts to ban abortion after 15 weeks, overthrowing Roe in the process.

“We believe that Roe and Casey should be overruled,” said the majority opinion, written by Judge Samuel Alito. The outcome of the case was accompanied by the court’s five other conservative judges.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and such a right is not implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” it said.

The three liberal judges of the court disagreed.

The 1973 reversal of opinion will once again allow individual US states to ban abortion. At least 26 states are expected to do so immediately or as soon as possible.

Dobbs’ decision is certainly one of the most profound in generations. It will have profound, immediate and lasting effects on the lives of tens of millions of American women and other people of childbearing potential, and unpredictable ripple effects that could last for decades.

“This is kind of unparalleled, and even if it’s not completely unprecedented, it’s extremely rare,” said Mary Ziegler, a visiting professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law and a historian of abortion.

“It’s also extraordinary to do something like that so quickly, without any kind of advance notice,” Ziegler said.

The final verdict of the conservative dominated court comes after a design advice used to be leaked the beginning of May. In it, right-wing associate judge Samuel Alito made a caustic argument for reversing Roe v Wade.

Experts believe the coming days and weeks will bring chaotic efforts by conservatives to ban the procedure as soon as possible as a patchwork of some of the world’s most severe abortion restrictions goes into effect.

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Large swaths of the U.S. South and Midwest are expected to ban or impose severe restrictions on abortion, potentially requiring patients to undergo the procedure to travel hundreds of miles or self-management of abortions At home.

At least an economist has estimated that such a ban could lead to 60,000 extra births per year among women who want an abortion but cannot get one. Such a ban is likely to affect 41% of women of childbearing age in the US, with the hardest hitting young, poor, black and brown women and those who already have children.

The ripple effects of the decision could also lead to greater restrictions in other areas of private life, affecting: same-sex marriage, sex and possibly even contraception

“Backlash to the decision is really unpredictable, and part of the reason we know that is because the backlash to Roe was unpredictable,” Ziegler said.

The decision is likely inspire Lake protests and ralliesand intensify the intra-state and interstate debate on abortion, and even cities† The shock decision can also be stop the midterm elections in Nov.

Leading up to the decision, Democrat-led states have passed laws to help patients traveling for abortions. Republican-led states have done the opposite. Many have worked to further restrict abortion and some have already debated persecute women who seek abortions under murder laws.

Although an estimated 85% of Americans support legal abortion under certain circumstances, extreme partisan manipulation constituencies, or gerrymandering, has isolated right-wing Republican leaders from public opinion.

Internationally, the decision will make the US one of the only four countries since 1994 to limit abortion, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the other countries are Poland, Nicaragua and El Salvador. This will further differentiate America from similar countries like life expectancy drops† It could also harm the nation’s ability to advocate for women’s and girls’ rights worldwide

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