On Friday, the Supreme Court ended the constitutional protection of abortion, which has lasted in America for almost half a century. A conservative majority court ruling overturned the famous Roe v. Wade decision and is expected to lead to an abortion ban in nearly half of the states. The verdict, unthinkable a few years ago, was the culmination of decades of abortion efforts by a courageous right-wing court, reinforced by the three appointments of former President Donald Trump.
Both sides predict that the fight for abortion will continue, both in state capitals and in Washington. Judge Clarence Thomas, who was part of the majority on Friday, called on the court to overturn another Supreme Court ruling. marriage, same-sex marriage, and contraceptive use. At least two states, Wisconsin and West Virginia, stopped performing abortions after Friday’s decision. Opponents of abortion welcome the decision, but advocates for the right to abortion, including President Joe Biden, have expressed frustration and promised to fight for the restoration of rights.
“It’s a sad day for the court and the country,” Biden told the White House. He called on voters to make it a specific topic in the November elections, saying, “This decision should not be the last word.” The decision came more than a month after the shocking leak of Judge Samuel Alito’s council proposal, which showed that the court was ready to take this vital step. This puts the court in conflict with most Americans for the preservation of Roe, according to opinion polls. In a final opinion issued on Friday, Alito wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 decision reaffirming the right to abortion, were wrong on the days they were decided and had to be annulled. Therefore, we believe that the Constitution does not provide for the right to abortion. “Alito expressed a similar point of view.” with a unique design.
The power to regulate abortion rests with political branches, not the courts, according to Alito. Alito was joined by Thomas, Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. The last three judges were appointed by Trump. Thomas first voted to defeat Roy 30 years ago. Four judges left Roe and Casey in the area.
The vote was 6-3 to keep the law in Mississippi, but Chief Justice John Roberts failed his conservative colleagues to overthrow Roe. He writes that there is no need to turn to broad introductions to rule in Mississippi. Judges Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan—the declining liberal wing of the court—appealed.
“We regret—for this court, but even more so for the many millions of American women who have now lost basic constitutional protection—we are protesting,” they wrote, warning that opponents of abortion could now continue with a nationwide ban. at the time of conception and without exception of rape or incest.” According to statistics analyzed by The Associated Press, this decision is not expected to have the same impact on minority women who already have limited access to health care.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice “will work hard to protect and promote reproductive freedom.” The statement said that in addition to protecting providers and those seeking abortion in states where it is legal, “we are prepared to work with other federal government agencies that seek their legal authority to use it to protect and maintain reproductive care.” In particular, Garland said the Federal Food and Drug Administration had approved the use of mifepristone for abortion drugs.