Wednesday, August 17

Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade, ending national right to abortion

It’s a big day for the nation, OnPolitics readers.

The Supreme Court on Friday reversed Roe v. Wadethe nearly 50-year-old landmark decision establishing a constitutional right to an abortion.

The 6-3 majority, composed of conservative justices appointed by Republican presidents, said abortion is not found in the Constitution or in the nation’s history.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion for the majority that Roe was “egregiously wrong from the start.”

“Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” he added. The ruling closely tracks a draft opinion by Alito in the case that leaked in May.

There were five votes to overturn Roe v. Wade, because Chief Justice John Roberts wrote he would not have gone so far as to upend one of the court’s most recognized precedents.

The three liberal justices dissented.

“After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had,” Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in a dissent joined by Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. “The majority accomplishes that result without so much as considering how women have relied on the right to choose or what it means to take that right away.”

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