WASHINGTON, D.C. – As expected following the draft leak months back, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case on Friday, June 24.
This decision officially makes the end of around 50 years of various constitutional protections for individuals seeking an abortion.
Several states have already lined up legislation to restrict abortion in anticipation of this ruling. In Idaho, a trigger law was passed in 2020. So, a 30-day countdown has been started for the state outlawing abortion with a few exceptions.
The court ruled 6-3 that there is no Constitutional right to an abortion and it is therefore up to each state to decide how to handle the issue.
“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,” reads a syllabus of the ruling.
“Finally, the Court considers whether a right to obtain an abortion is part of a broader entrenched right that is supported by other precedents,” the ruling said. “The Court concludes the right to obtain an abortion cannot be justified as a component of such a right. Attempts to justify abortion through appeals to a broader right to autonomy and to define one’s ‘concept of existence’ prove too much.”