Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that enshrined abortion as a constitutional right in the U.S. for almost half a century.

KEY POINTS
  • The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion.
  • Roe since 1973 had permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy in the United States.
  • Almost half the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision on a Mississippi case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
  • Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. The court’s other five conservatives, including Chief Justice John Roberts, joined in the judgment, which was opposed by the three liberal justices.

Source: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights

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