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The Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade, which effectively eliminates a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion. “
The landmark ruling passed with a 6-3 decision. Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts and former President Donald Trump: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett all found in favor of the reversal.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented:
“With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent.”
Alito responded to the dissent, writing: “The dissent is very candid that it cannot show that a constitutional right to abortion has any foundation, let alone a ‘deeply rooted’ one, ‘in this Nation’s history and tradition.’”
He added that “the dissent does not identify any pre-Roe authority that supports such a right — no state constitutional provision or statute, no federal or state judicial precedent, not even a scholarly treatise.”
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