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The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing bans on abortions. Read more about this decision and what it means for women's rights. Then, take action to protect women's access to safe and legal abortion.

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In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The court’s ruling will allow states to ban abortions.

The court’s decision was 7-2, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. The court’s opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring this summer.

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What the court said

The court’s opinion said that the right to an abortion is not absolute. “The Constitution contains no express right to abortion,” the opinion said. It added that the court’s previous decisions recognizing a right to abortion were “wrongly decided.”

The opinion said that the court’s ruling “affords the States the latitude to decide how best to protect maternal health.” It added that the ruling “also permits them to decide whether to restrict or regulate abortion.”

The court’s opinion said that the Roe decision was “based on the notion that the Constitution contains a ‘right to privacy’ that ‘is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.'” But the court said that “the Constitution does not explicitly mention any right to privacy.”

What happens next

The court’s ruling means that states will now be able to ban abortions. It is unclear how many states will immediately move to do so.

The court’s ruling will also have a major impact on the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats are already vowing to make the issue a major part of their campaigns.

The ruling is also likely to energize the anti-abortion movement, which has been working to pass state laws banning abortion.

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