Roe v Wade overturned by the Supreme Court: What you should know about the decision


That ruling is not surprising given reports showing that former President Donald Trump has pledged to bring anti-choice judges to justice in exchange for pro-life groups mobilizing their base in support of his presidency.

What do the dissenting judges say?

Unusually, the three liberal judges shared joint authorship of the dissent. With the previous cases like Casey and roewrote the dissenting judges, “The court has struck a balance, as is often the case when values ​​and goals compete.”

“Today the court is throwing that balance away,” the dissent continues. “It says that a woman has no significant rights from the moment of conception.” The judges dig into the variety of “draconian restrictions” to which a pregnant person is now being forced to give birth, including rape and incest, even putting the pregnant person’s life at risk; they underscore how these restrictions will unduly affect poor people. “Across a wide range of circumstances, a state will be able to impose its moral choice on a woman and compel her to bear a child,” the opposition reads.

“It is with sadness – for this court, but even more so for the many millions of American women who have lost basic protections of the Constitution today – that we disagree,” the dissent concludes.

What does this decision mean for other Supreme Court precedents?

As Namrata Verghese recently wrote Teen Vogue The Roe decision takes us into “uncharted waters”. Other judgments protecting contraception, same-sex marriage and same-sex relationships are now in danger of being overturned, as Thomas made clear in a unanimous statement.

Thomas’ opinion specifically asks the court to reconsider the precedents set by other landmark cases involving the 14th Amendment right to privacy, which was the protection that was once warranted roe. The conservative judiciary expressly quotes Griswold vs. Connecticut (who guaranteed the right to contraception), Lawrence vs. Texas (the right to same-sex intimacy) and Obergefell v. Hodges (the right to same-sex marriage).

The court’s liberal judges seem to think the rest of the court plans to proceed with this large-scale curtailment of civil liberties. “No one should trust that the majority is done with their work,” they write in their dissent. “On the contrary, the court linked [the right to an abortion] for decades to other firm freedoms involving bodily integrity, family relationships, and procreation.

How are abortion rights groups and politicians reacting?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Crowds of protesters outside the Supreme Court urging people to “take to the streets” and chanted that the decision was “illegitimate”.

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