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Dissenting Justices Say Women’s Rights Have Been Stripped, Others Now Under Threat

  • Liberal justices say court makes women second-class citizens
  • Contraception, gay marriage now at risk, dissenters say
L-R Associate Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor
L-R Associate Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia SotomayorPhotographer: Erin Schaff/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court’s decision to wipe out the constitutional right to abortion sparked a blistering dissent by three liberal justices who said the conservative majority had eroded women’s rights and may soon target rights to contraception and gay marriage. 

By overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the majority stripped away the rights of women from the “very moment of fertilization,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote. “With sorrow -- for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection -- we dissent.”