U.S. Supreme Court removes nationwide right to abortion
Right to abortion – The Supreme Court of the United States has abolished the nationwide right to abortion. From now on, American women are dependent on which state they live in whether they can have an abortion or not.
Because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, each state can now decide for itself whether it allows abortion or not. According to reports, about twenty states are considering an abortion ban.
This mainly concerns states where the Republicans are in power. In the states of Missouri and Louisiana, abortion has already become illegal shortly after the ruling.
Abortion may also be further restricted in certain states. Ways to limit abortion include shortening the period in which abortion can be performed and reducing the number of abortion clinics in a state.
It is expected that in about half of the states, where the Democrats are in charge, it will remain possible to have an abortion.
Roe v. Wade ruling reversed
In 1973, the right to abortion was enshrined in the U.S. Constitution by the Roe v. Wade abortion lawsuit. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court made a special ruling at the time. It declared the legislation that made abortion difficult or even banned in U.S. states “unconstitutional.”
The supreme court, which nowadays consists mainly of Republican judges, has now reversed that decision.
By six to three, a decision of a law in the state of Mississippi (which prohibits abortion after a fifteen-week pregnancy) was ratified. The supreme court’s vote to reverse the 1973 decision ended in five votes in favor and four against.
Democratic judges regret decision
According to conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the court’s decision is based on the fact that there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution about the right to abortion. “The power to regulate abortion lies with politics, not with the courts,” Alito said.
The three Democratic-appointed judges of the court said in a joint statement that they did not agree with the decision. “Whatever the exact scope of the upcoming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights and of their status as free and equal citizens,” they write.
“With sadness, in this court, but more so for the many millions of American women who have lost basic constitutional protection today. We don’t agree,” said the three Democratic justices who voted against it.
Biden speaks of ‘tragic mistake’
US President Joe Biden calls the removal of the national right to abortion a “tragic mistake”. Biden argues that women’s “health and lives are at risk” because states are now allowed to decide for themselves whether abortion is allowed and what rules are attached to it.
The president did say that women who live in states where abortion will soon be prohibited can travel to other states where abortion is allowed.
U.S. Supreme Court removes right to abortion
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