The Supreme Court of the United States on Friday overturned a 1973 ruling that permitted the constitutional right to abortion.
The Court’s decision—which is seen as a major dent to many Americans—was taken after a 6-3 ruling by conservative majority of the court that upheld a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The move was Republican-backed. The Roe v. Wade ruling was overturned by a 5-4 vote.
This means that the 49-year-old law was abolished; adding to the upheld Mississippi law. States within the country can now place bans on abortion altogether, with twenty-six states tipped to do so.
Experts on the niche have speculated that the Supreme Court’s legal grounds will be up for debate, following Friday’s ruling. It could also have a major effect on an upcoming election to determine whether Biden’s fellow Democrats retain control of Congress. Meanwhile, the U.S. President, Joe Biden, described it as a sad day for America.
‘It’s a sad day for the court and for the country..The court has done what it has never done before: expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans,’ he said in a White House address.
Thousands of citizens, largely women, took to the streets and environs of Capitol Hill to voice their disapproval of the Court’s decision. Many opine that aggressively conservative decisions have been made lately, with an expressly polar approach by the lawmakers. Pregnant women in the U.S. will now have to travel to states with legal abortion procedures to terminate any unwanted pregnancy.
Joe Biden further stated that the empowerment of states to ban abortion has made the entire country an outlier on protecting the reproductive rights of American citizens.
Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), AT&T and Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), released statements confirming they will cover expenses for employees who will have to travel for termination of pregnancies.