(WASHINGTON D.C.) - The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling establishing the constitutional right to abortion. The decision this morning was 6 to 3.
It’s up to the states now to decide their own abortion laws. Reports indicate nearly half the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion. However, other states plan to maintain more liberal rules governing the termination of pregnancies.
The conservative justices representing a majority on the bench ruled the U.S. Constitution does not refer to abortion. Therefore, no such right is constitutionally protected.
The three liberal justices blasted the ruling. They wrote in the dissent: “the majority would allow States to ban abortion from conception onward because it does not think forced childbirth at all implicates a woman’s rights to equality and freedom.”