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equalityClosed Jun 24, 2022

US Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Ending Abortion Rights

  • Divided Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade ruling
  • Abortion rights not ‘implicitly protected,’ court says
  • Biden says ‘Roe is on the ballot’ in midterm election
  • With Senate deadlocked, issue goes to state legislatures
Thanks for joining us. Here are the key takeaways from Friday’s US Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade.
  • The high court rescinded the constitutional right to abortion that was established in the landmark 1973 case. Friday’s 6-3 decision along ideological lines was expected after a draft by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked last month, but that didn’t temper the reaction from the public.
  • The court’s three liberal justices issued a scathing dissent, accusing the majority of wrongfully scrapping a “fundamental constitutional protection” and treating women as if they have no “rights to speak of” once they become pregnant. The dissenters also said the ruling would put other rights at risk, particularly contraception, same-sex marriage and same-sex intercourse.
  • The immediate consequences of the ruling are already clear: Thirteen states have so-called trigger laws designed to automatically outlaw abortion if Roe is overturned. An equal number are likely to ban almost all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that backs abortion rights.
  • Politicians reacted to the decision along party lines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law. The decision could impact the November midterms, with control of the House at stake. And it could reverberate through 2024, when President Joe Biden will seek re-election. “Roe is on the ballot” in November, the president said Friday.
  • Some US corporations said they would expand medical coverage to pay for out-of-state care, including abortion and gender-affirming treatments. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Meta Platforms Inc. are among those companies seeking ways to accommodate worker needs in light of the new restrictions.