June 23, 2024

US Supreme Court repeals nationwide abortion law

The US Supreme Court overturns abortion laws across the country

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The US Supreme Court overturns abortion rights across the country

In 1973, women across the United States celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to abort. To this day, the decision is considered a landmark because it allowed abortion until the fetus was viable. Now it’s history.

Activists celebrate outside the Supreme Court.

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The US Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision to overturn the country’s liberal abortion laws. The predominantly conservative Washington Supreme Court paved the way for stricter abortion laws on Friday — including complete bans in individual US states. Still, current abortion rights in the United States are history after nearly half a century.

The ruling stated that “the constitution does not grant the right to abortion.” The decision is not surprising: Politico published a draft of it in early May. It was already clear from this that the court intended to make a decision in this way. There was an outcry from women’s rights organizations, clinics and liberals. The verdict is now as strict as can be expected. In about half of the states, widespread restrictions are now likely to be in place.

There is no federal law in the United States that permits or prohibits abortion. However, abortions are allowed at least until the fetus is viable – today around the 24th week. This has so far been ensured by a 1973 ruling by the US Supreme Court, known as Roe v. Wade is known. Another 1992 ruling, Planned Parenthood v. Casey strengthened the jurisprudence and modified it somewhat. The Supreme Court has now overturned those decisions.

Abortion rights have been the subject of heated debates in the United States. Opponents have been trying to overturn liberal rules for decades. Under former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court has moved dramatically to the right. The Republican appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett during his term. Judges Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan and Justice Stephen Breyer voted against the decision. They are considered liberal. (dpa)

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