The United States of America Supreme Court today overturns the law named Roe v. Wade that have secured American women right to have an abortion for nearly 50 years.
“In a 6-3 decision, the court’s conservative majority struck down the 1973 case holding that states, rather than the federal government, are vested with authority to regulate abortion. As a result, states are free to restrict, and even outlaw, abortion. The case also struck down a subsequent case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey that affirmed the right to obtain an abortion up until about 24 weeks of pregnancy.”
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts’s states: “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one in which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
While the dissenting judges postulates that: “Those responsible for the original Constitution, including the Fourteenth Amendment, did not perceive women as equals, and did not recognize women’s rights,” the liberal justices wrote. “When the majority says that we must read our foundational charter as viewed at the time of ratification (except that we must also check it against the Dark Ages) it consigns women to second-class citizenship.”