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What does overturning Roe mean? A breakdown of the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling.

  • June 24, 2022
  • Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start’
  • Guttmacher Institute says 26 states certain or likely to ban abortion.
  • Republicans aim for nationwide abortion ban while Democrats call for protections of women’s health.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Friday the Constitution provided no right to abortion, overturning nearly 50 years of precedent and sending the legality of the procedure to state legislatures to determine.

  • What was the ruling?: The high court ruled the right to end a pregnancy wasn’t found in the text of the Constitution nor the nation’s history.
  • What does that mean for access to abortion?: Access to abortion could become a patchwork based on where a person lives. In anticipation of the ruling, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
  • How did the nation react?: The most hotly awaited decision of the term sparked a firestorm of reaction. Republicans celebrated after having fought for decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Democrats lamented their lost fight to save it. Officials on each side said the decision would spur voting in the fall elections.

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