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Overturned: Supreme Court makes historic decision regarding Roe v. Wade

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overruled their decision on Roe v. Wade, declaring abortion is not a constitutional right. 

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After almost 50 years, the Supreme Court reversed their decision on Roe v. Wade, which declared abortion as a constitutional right. 

This overturn allows states to ban abortion and set restrictions on abortion in their state government, making this no longer a federal issue. In plain terms, this means abortion is not a constitutional right in the United States. 

A law recently passed in Oklahoma which made performing an abortion a felony, punishable by prison. This law came after Texas passed a law making abortions illegal after about six weeks of pregnancy. States across the nation will now be making decisions to either strengthen these restrictions or expand access to abortion in their state. 

In the release, the court held, "The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives."

"Like the infamous decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, Roe was also egregiously wrong and on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided,” stated the release. 

Twenty-six states asked the Supreme Court to review Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood as they saw inconsistency across the cases which could not be upheld by the federal Constitution. Because of this, these states wanted a review which gave them back the power to establish their own laws and rules on abortion.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,”  Justice Samuel Alito said. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment…The right to abortion does not fall within this category.”

“We do not pretend to know how our political system or society will respond to today’s decision overruling Roe and Casey,” Justice Alito said. “And even if we could foresee what will happen, we would have no authority to let that knowledge influence our decision. We can only do our job, which is to interpret the law, apply long-standing principles of stare decisis, and decide this case accordingly.”

However, the court was split on a 6-3 ruling. Justice Breyer, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan dissented the decision, stating “respecting a woman as an autonomous being, and granting her full equality, meant giving her substantial choice over this most personal and most consequential of all life decisions…The Constitution will, today’s majority holds, provide no shield, despite its guarantees of liberty and equality for all.”