The Supreme Court withdrew the Roe v. Wade case on Friday, dismantled a half-century-old case that protected the right to abortion, and set a precedent for the state to dramatically limit access to reproductive medicine. At the same time, the court withdrew the planned parent-child relationship with Casey. This is the case after affirming Law, with a few exceptions.
“The Constitution does not give the right to abortion. Roe and Casey have been dismissed, and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to people and their elected representatives,” the court said.
The decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization proceedings, written by Judge Samuel Alito, was not surprising.Draft judgment Leaked by Politico When Released in early May.. Report shown At the time, conservative judges Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett also supported this decision, Judge John Roberts favored a narrower approach.
The hardline conservatives won. Their ruling is now widespread nationwide: allowing the state to enforce strict abortion restrictions, which will force some people to continue unwanted and dangerous pregnancies. Victims of rape and incest must experience pregnancy, childbirth, filiation and adoption trauma in some states. Babies are born in the health they are suffering from and even die sooner. Those who are not ready or do not want to have children must have children anyway.
The ruling does not completely end the right to abortion. Some states have vowed to protect access to abortion and may be a safe haven for those seeking procedures that they can afford to travel there.How fast 22 states that already have laws restricting abortion Enable their ban. And most state bans limit abortion only after certain points during pregnancy, but there are often exceptions.
However, this is not always the case.In Oklahoma, a Republican-controlled legislature Passed the bill It prohibits all abortions unless the life of a pregnant person is at stake or rape has been reported to law enforcement agencies.Republicans in other states Pushing more and more Abortion restrictions that do not provide exceptions to victims of rape and incest.
And some efforts to worship the right to abortion have failed.Senate Republican Party Blocked the invoice Codified the Roe v. Wade case in May. Republicans retain their electoral dominance in many states due to district boundaries and election law.
Protesters supporting the right to abortion gathered outside the Supreme Court in May after the leaked ruling was announced. (Photo: AP Photo / Jacklin Martin)
The Supreme Court is full of conservatives, most of whom were nominated by the elected president despite losing popularity votes. Former President Donald Trump, who won the president despite winning fewer votes than Democratic opponents, nominated Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett in court. Gorsuch took a seat held under former President Barack Obama and was left vacant for months by a Republican senator, contrary to the norm.
Deck is stacked against supporters of abortion rights.However, many advocacy groups I was already planning the next step When the Roe v. Wade case is overturned.
One is to end the filibuster. This is a Senate rule that requires 60 votes for most legislation, allowing minority parties to block the bill even if most Senators endorse the bill. For now, that’s unlikely. Two Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, are opposed to ending the filibuster. Even so, the Democrats probably have only 49 votes in favor of codifying Roe.In a recent vote, Manchin Republican side Block the bill.
Many groups are also mobilizing to help those seeking abortion by funding travel and care to states where the procedure is legal.
Another option is drug abortion. This allows some people who are trying to end their pregnancy to do so at home.State-level abortion bans also target drug-induced abortions, but supporters Say it’s likely that there are more people If the ban comes into effect, get medicine and manage your abortion.
This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.