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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, States Can Now Ban Abortion

Roe v. Wade

Justice Samuel Alito renounced the 1973 decision in the draft opinion.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any Constitutional provision … It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” he wrote.

The majority party included votes from Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. The three Democratic-appointed justices, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, dissented.

“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. Today’s Court, that is, does not think there is anything of constitutional significance attached to a woman’s control of her body and the path of her life,” said the dissent.

An initial draft majority opinion was previously leaked in early May.

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