U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
The US Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday, voting to overturn Roe v. Wade — the 1973 ruling that guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights.
This most recent case centered on a Mississippi law banning abortion if the “probable gestational age of the unborn human” is more than 15 weeks.
THE SUPREME COURT HAS OVERTURNED ROE V. WADE, ELIMINATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION.https://t.co/ZNYRs3QnpJ
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 24, 2022
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed the right to abortion, were wrong the days they were decided and must be overturned.
“We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives…”
Authority to regulate abortion rests with the political branches, not the courts, Alito wrote. It will now be up to individual state to enact and enforce laws for allowing or punishing abortion under which circumstances.
Joining Alito in the 5-4 decision were Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett.
Roe v. Wade was decided by seven white men and overturned by a woman and a black man!
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 24, 2022
Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t join his conservative colleagues in overturning Roe. He wrote that there was no need to overturn the broad precedents to rule in Mississippi’s favor.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were in dissent.
In an opinion concurring with conservative colleagues, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that striking down Roe v. Wade should open up the high court to review other precedents that may be deemed “demonstrably erroneous.” https://t.co/fRw9CqeyDt pic.twitter.com/HWvtz5btiH
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 24, 2022
Echoing his “[the unvaccinated face] a winter of severe illness and death” remarks, Joe Biden immediately tried to incite unfounded panic among hoi polloi by declaring: “The health and life of women in this nation are now at risk.” His running mate Kamala Harris immediately claimed that the freedom to use birth control could also be at stake.
More than 90% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and more than half are now done with pills, not surgery.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of mifepristone for medication abortions.
Brett Kavanaugh said you can travel to get an abortion in another state, and Supreme Court reporter @DavidGSavage doesn't expect that to change soon. Watch live now and ask your questionshttps://t.co/RiRSwEP1em
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 25, 2022
Megan Rapinoe, a notorious member of the U.S. women’s soccer team, was among several athletes to criticize the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She said it was “oddly cruel” timing as women celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation.
Lauren Hobart, DICK’s Sporting Goods CEO, says her company will pay employees to travel to other states to have an abortion.
Abortion is no longer accessible in 13 states thanks to "Trigger" Laws:
Countless lives saved within just 8 hours of the Supreme Court's ruling. Praise God!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 24, 2022
Mississippi’s last abortion clinic will actually be allowed to stay open for 10 days.
SJWs have taken to the streets in protest.
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) June 25, 2022
Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, has stated in a LinkedIn post on Friday that it would pay bail for any of its full-time or part-time employees who are arrested while protesting in support of abortion rights.