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States May Prohibit Abortion Once Supreme Court Reverses Roe vs Wade

After almost 50 years under Roe vs Wade, the Supreme Court on Friday removed women’s constitutional safeguards for abortion, a fundamental and very personal upheaval for American lives. The landmark court decision being overturned by the court will probably result in abortion restrictions in around half of the nation.

The decision, which was unfathomable only a few years ago, was the result of decades of work by abortion opponents and was made feasible by a court’s right side that had gained strength from three Trump nominees.

Both sides anticipated that the debate over abortion would go on, in state capitals, in Washington, and at the polls. Justice Clarence Thomas, a member of the majority on Friday, pleaded with colleagues to reverse past high court decisions upholding same-sex marriage and gay sex including the use of contraceptives.

Pregnant women who were considering having an abortion already had to contend with restrictions in Oklahoma and Texas, which forbade the procedure beyond around six weeks. Following the ruling on Friday, clinics in at least eight additional states—Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia—stopped offering abortions.

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States May Prohibit Abortion

After a federal court lifted an injunction that had prevented the bill from taking effect for over three years, Ohio became the first state to outlaw most abortions after the first detected embryonic heartbeat. The decision also brought Utah’s statute into force, with some specific restrictions.

While pro-abortion advocates, such as President Joe Biden, expressed dismay and vowed to battle to restore the rights, abortion opponents applauded the decision.

Pregnant women who were considering having an abortion already had to contend with restrictions in Oklahoma and Texas, which forbade the procedure beyond around six weeks. Following the ruling on Friday, clinics in at least eight additional states—Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia—stopped offering abortions.

After a federal court lifted an injunction that had prevented the bill from taking effect for over three years, Ohio became the first state to outlaw most abortions after the first detected fetal heartbeat. The decision also brought Utah’s statute into force, with some specific restrictions.

While pro-abortion advocates, such as President Joe Biden, expressed dismay and vowed to battle to restore the rights, abortion opponents applauded the decision.

The president of SBA Pro-Life America, Marjorie Dannenfelser, concurred with the political ramifications.

In a release, Dannenfelser stated, “We are prepared to go on offense for life in each and every single one of those legislative bodies, in every statehouse, and in the White House.”

According to Trump, who spoke to Fox News, the decision “will work out for everybody.”

According to figures examined by The Associated Press, the decision is anticipated to have a disproportionately negative impact on minority women who already have restricted access to healthcare.

Additionally, it puts the court at odds with the vast majority of Americans who, as per polls, supported upholding Roe vs Wade.

A majority of people support making abortion legal in all or most situations, according to surveys by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and others. However, a lot of people favor limitations, particularly later in pregnancy. Approximately one in ten Americans, according to surveys, want abortion to be prohibited in all circumstances.

More than a month had passed since the shocking disclosure of a draught opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, which showed the court was ready to make this historic decision.

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In his final conclusion, Alito argued that the 1992 rulings in Roe vs Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the right to an abortion, were incorrect and ought to be reversed.

Hold that the Constitution does not grant a right to abortion as a result. Roe and Casey must be overturned, and the people’s and their elected representatives’ power to control abortion must be reinstated.

Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Alito on the bench. Trump appointed the final three justices. Thomas cast the first anti-Roe vote thirty years ago.

Roe and Casey would still be in place if there were four justices.

Despite not voting with his conservative colleagues to overturn Roe, Chief Justice John Roberts did support Mississippi’s statute that outlaws most abortions after 15 weeks, which was upheld by a 6-3 decision. He claimed that it was unnecessary to violate the well-established precedents in order to rule in Mississippi’s favor.

The court’s dwindling liberal majority, represented by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, dissented.

According to an assertion from Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Justice Department will defend those who perform abortions and those seeking them in states where it is permitted. The department will also “work with the other arms of the federal govt that seek to use their legal officials to preserve and protect access to reproductive care,” he added.

Garland specifically mentioned that Mifepristone has been licensed for use in pharmaceutical abortions by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that promotes abortion rights, over half of the abortions are now performed using pills rather than surgical, and more than 90% of them occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

The single abortion facility in Mississippi, which was the focus of Friday’s case, kept operating. Men outside yelled into a bullhorn that anyone inside would rot in hell. Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” was played loudly at the demonstrators by clinic guards wearing bright vests.

13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, currently have laws in place to outlaw abortion in the event that Roe vs Wade is reversed. These states include Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and Missouri. After six weeks of pregnancy, when many women are unaware that they are pregnant, the other half-dozen states have near-total bans or restrictions.

According to Guttmacher, the battle will be over inactive abortion restrictions that were put in place before the Roe decision in 1973 or fresh plans to severely restrict the time that abortions can be done in around a dozen other states, including West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Within hours of the ruling, a gathering of primarily young women swelled to hundreds outside the blocked Supreme Court. Many others cheered, jumped, and raised their arms in the air while wearing red shirts that read “The Pro-Life Generation Votes.” Some shouted, “The Supreme Court is unconstitutional.”

The Biden government and other pro-choice advocates have cautioned that a ruling reversing Roe vs Wade would also jeopardize rulings by the Supreme Court in favor of homosexual rights and, maybe, contraceptives.

A 50-year-old constitutional right that protects women’s freedom and the equal station is eliminated by the majority, according to the liberal justices’ combined dissent.

It breaches a core rule-of-law principle, designed to promote constancy in the law. In doing all of that, it places in jeopardy other rights, from contraception to same-sex intimacy and marriage. And finally, it undermines the Court’s legitimacy.”

And Thomas, the member of the court most open to jettisoning prior decisions, wrote a separate opinion in which he explicitly called on his colleagues to put the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage, gay-sex, and contraception cases on the table.

But Alito contended that his analysis addresses abortion only. “Nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion,” he wrote.

Whatever the intentions of the person who leaked Alito’s draft opinion, the conservatives held firm in overturning Roe and Casey.

Alito disagreed with the arguments made in favor of upholding the two rulings, particularly the claim that American women have relied on the right to abortion for economic and political power for many decades.

The dissenting arrogantly pointed out that the anti-abortion side’s approach has been centered on altering the composition of the court. The liberal justices wrote, “The Court changes direction today for one cause and one cause alone: because the complexion of this Court has altered.

As the case progressed, Mississippi and its allies made more adamant arguments, and two high court proponents of abortion rights retired or passed away. At first, the state claimed that its statute could stand without contradicting the court’s abortion rulings.

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