US Supreme Court's historic decision, abolishing 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion

US Supreme Courts on right to abortion
US Supreme Courts on right to abortion
Khushbu Kumari

The Court observed that the Constitution makes no reference to abortion and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.

The US Supreme Court has ruled to end the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion. Under this law, American women had the right to make their own decisions about whether or not to have an abortion. At the same time, the court overturned a nearly 50-year-old landmark 1973 "Roe v Weed" decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion and said that individual states could allow or restrict the procedure themselves.

The court's decision came in the decisive case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, in which Mississippi's last abortion clinic opposed the state's efforts to ban abortion after 15 weeks and reverse Roe in the process. The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, held that abortion is a deeply moral issue on which the American people hold conflicting views. We believe that Roe and Casey should be dismissed. The constitution does not prohibit citizens of every state from regulating or prohibiting abortion.

The Supreme Court's decision

The Court held that the Constitution makes no reference to abortion and that no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision. Reversing the 1973 ruling would again allow individual US states to ban abortions. At least 26 states are expected to do so immediately or at the earliest.

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