US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade abortion rights 1 month ago

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade abortion rights

It is likely that abortion will now become illegal or limited in at least 25 states.

The US Supreme Court has overturned the historic Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion across America.

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For decades, the ruling has guaranteed women a constitutional right to abortion.

The power to decide on abortion rights for millions of women will now be in the hands of each state to determine individually.

The court voted 6-3 in favour of overturning, powered by its conservative majority.

It is likely that abortion will now become illegal or limited in at least 25 states.

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The decision is a major win for republicans and religious conservatives who have long been advocating to limit or ban abortion.

In May, a draft version of the ruling indicating the court would likely decide to overturn Roe v Wade was leaked, sparking massive backlash and protests.

The 1973 Roe v Wade involved a Texas woman named Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey), a single mother who was pregnant for the third time and wanted an abortion.

She took federal action against Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas county, over a law that made terminating a pregnancy a crime, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life was in danger.

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The Court held that the laws criminalising abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right to privacy.

At the time, Hillary Clinton said the decision was an "utter disgrace" and would be a "direct assault on the dignity, rights, and lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law".

She added: "It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal."

 

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