U.S. Supreme Court leaves abortion rights up to states

U.S. Supreme Court leaves abortion rights up to states

By a vote of five to four, the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled the Roe v. Wade decision, which protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion.

The lawsuit had secured protection for abortion in the United States since 1973 and last week’s decision has caused outcry and protest from people around the world.

The outcome of the decision is expected to lead to abortion bans in approximately half of the states as early as this year.

In May, a draft opinion was leaked showing that the Supreme Court would overturn the precedent. On June 24, a final opinion was released stating that the constitution doesn’t confer a right to abortion.

The decision doesn’t mean abortions are illegal in all states, however, it gives them the opportunity to pass their own laws about them.

In a statement following the decision, U.S. President Joe Biden said it was a sad day for the court and the country.

“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognized. They didn’t limit it. They simply took it away. That’s never been done to a right so important to so many Americans,” he said.

“State laws banning abortion are automatically taking effect today, jeopardizing the health of millions of women, some without exceptions. So extreme that women could be punished for protecting their health. So extreme that women and girls who are forced to bear their rapist’s child. It stuns me.”

Shortly after the decision was made public, hundreds marched outside of the Supreme Court holding signs and chanting to protest. Others gathered at venues in other states and the movement received support around the world and online.

A total of 11 states now ban or limit abortion, including Wisconsin, South Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia, Montana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky.

The ruling is looked to be a hot topic come November’s midterm election.

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