“With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.”
– Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, dissenting.
Today’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a stain on our country’s history and an affront to basic values of freedom and dignity. The Supreme Court has denied the constitutional right to abortion and threatens the ability of all people to make private, personal decisions that shape their futures.
In a 6-3 decision, a radical majority on the Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of precedent. The power to determine whether abortion will be legal now returns to the states, where more than half appear poised to enact near-total bans. Many states have already acted to do so, often not allowing for care in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the patient. Meanwhile, politicians in other states, such as Virginia, are calling for new restrictions in light of the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The above excerpt was originally published in the Center for American Progress.
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