U.S Supreme Court set to reverse abortion rights for women in a landmark decision.

U.S Supreme Court set to reverse abortion rights for women in a landmark decision.
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04/05/2022

Jayantika Rao Tiruvaloor Viavoori

Women’s Rights Researcher

Global Human Rights Defence

 

 

The landmark decision Roe v. Wade that granted women the right to abortion across the United States is set to be overturned by the Supreme Court. In a leaked document published by Politico magazine, an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito has voted to strike the 1973 decision (Al Jazeera, 2022). Within the document, Justice Samuel Alito states that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start” (Singh, 2022). 

 

 Overturning Roe v. Wade and subsequently, the Planned Parenthood v. Casey judgment (1992), the Supreme Court’s decision denies women the right to choose and control their bodies. Furthermore, it would result in conservative abortion laws created by various states becoming legal. For example, it could virtually eliminate abortion access in Texas within 30 days after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade (Klibanoff and Harper, 2022). 

 The decision made by the conservative-majority Supreme Court will be reversing the 50 years of constitutional protection women and doctors have received regarding abortion. As the White House and the Supreme Court have denied commenting on the released document, many have reported that the leaked document is the “first major leak from the Supreme Court” (Reuters, 2022). 

 

 While many conservative Republicans hail the decision, many democrats like New York Governor Kathy Hochul recognise that the decision reflected in the draft opinion was a “disgraceful attack on women’s rights” (Al Jazeera, 2022). Regardless of the politics, the decision will severely impact the fundamental rights of women in the United States.  

 

Sources and Further Reading

 

Al Jazeera. (2022, May 3). US Top Court Set to Overturn Roe v Wade abortion Ruling: Report. Al Jazeera. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/3/us-supreme-court-set-to-overturn-landmark-abortion-ruling-report

 

Klibanoff, E. and Harper, K.B. (2022, May 3). If Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade, Texas Will Completely Ban Abortion. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from, https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/02/texas-abortion-law-roe-wade/

 

Reuters. (2022, May 3). U.S. Supreme Court Set To Overturn Roe V. Wade Abortion Rights Decision, Politico Reports. Reuters. Retrieved on May 3, 2022, from,  https://www.reuters.com/world/us/leaked-us-supreme-court-decision-suggests-majority-set-overturn-roe-v-wade-2022-05-03/

Singh, N. (2022, May 3). Roe V. Wade News- Live. Supreme Court Set To Overturn Abortion Law, Leaked Draft Reveals. Independent. Retrieved on May 3, 2022, from, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/roe-v-wade-overturned-scotus-supreme-court-politico-b2070247.html