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The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortions. Read about the implications of this decision and take action to protect women's health.

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortions — Live Coverage

The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion, in a ruling that gives states the authority to ban the procedure.

The 7-2 decision, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, is a victory for abortion opponents and a setback for abortion rights advocates.

It is likely to set off a wave of new restrictions on abortion across the country.

What happens next?

The ruling does not immediately outlaw abortion nationwide, but it gives states the authority to do so.

It is likely to lead to a wave of new state-level abortion restrictions, as well as legal challenges to those laws.

What was the case about?

The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, was brought by a Louisiana abortion clinic challenging a state law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The law, which was similar to a Texas law that the court struck down in 2016, would have left Louisiana with only one abortion clinic.

The clinic argued that the law was unconstitutional because it would impose an undue burden on women seeking abortions, in violation of the court’s precedent.

What did the court say?

In his majority opinion, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that the Louisiana law “must be invalidated” because it violates the precedent set by the court’s 2016 decision in the Texas case.

But he also said that the 2016 decision was “gravely wrong” and that the court was “wrong to deny” the state’s “profound interest in protecting the life of the unborn.”

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, in a concurring opinion, wrote that the court should not have struck down the Texas law in 2016.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in a separate opinion, said the court should have gone further and overruled Roe v. Wade.

What does this mean for abortion rights?

The ruling is a victory for abortion opponents and a setback for abortion rights advocates.

It is likely to set off a wave of new restrictions on abortion across the country.

  • Some states are likely to enact bans on abortion.
  • Other states are likely to enact more restrictive laws, such as laws banning abortion after a certain point in pregnancy.
  • Legal challenges to new state laws are expected.
The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years.