US Supreme Court on Friday abolished the right to an abortion


Posted on 24 June 2022


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In a landmark decision that overturns 50 years of constitutional safeguards on one of the most contentious and violently contested topics in American politics, the US Supreme Court on Friday abolished the right to an abortion. The conservative-dominated court declared that individual states can now legalise or restrict the procedure on their own, overturning the historic "Roe v. Wade" decision from 1973 that established a woman's right to an abortion. The court held that Roe v. Wade and Casey are invalid and that the people and their elected officials should once again have the power to control abortion. "The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion," the court declared. The decision is likely to trigger a flurry of new laws that severely restrict or outright prohibit abortions in approximately half of the 50 US states, forcing women to travel great distances to states that still allow the practise.


Key Points

  • In a landmark decision that overturns 50 years of constitutional safeguards on one of the most contentious and violently contested topics in American politics, the US Supreme Court on Friday abolished the right to an abortion.

  • "The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion," the court declared. The decision is likely to trigger a flurry of new laws that severely restrict or outright prohibit abortions in approximately half of the 50 US states, forcing women to travel great distances to states that still allow the practise.


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