The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, by a 6-3 majority in the Dobbs case that “the Constitution does not grant the right to abortion.”
“We believe that Roe and Casey should be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote before the majority.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and such a right is not implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one that Roe and Casey’s defenders now primarily rely on — the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote. in the opinion of the majority. “That provision is held to guarantee some rights not mentioned in the Constitution, but such a right must be ‘deeply rooted in the history and tradition of this nation’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty’.”
“Abortion poses a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was wrong from the start. The reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
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This is a milestone for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After nearly 50 years of staining the moral fabric of our country, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Leading pro-life groups applauded the decision, including Kim Schwartz of Texas Right to Life.
“After nearly 50 years, Roe is responsible for the deaths of more than 60 million preborn American children. Today, the Supreme Court has finally reversed Roe v. Wade’s grave mistake that cost so many precious lives,” she told LifeNews. “Now the abortion issue will return to the states, empowering state governments to enact their own laws without being stifled by federal courts.”
Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer wrote a joint dissent condemning the decision for allowing states to impose “draconian” restrictions on women.
“Perhaps, in the wake of today’s decision, a state law will also criminalize the woman’s conduct, imprisoning or fining her for attempting to request or obtain an abortion,” the judges wrote. “And as Texas has recently shown, a state can turn its neighbor against its neighbor and enlist fellow citizens in an effort to eradicate or help anyone who is trying to have an abortion.”“