U.S. SUPREME COURT TAKES AWAY THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION
“The Court’s opinion delivers a wrecking ball to the constitutional right to abortion, destroying the protections of Roe v. Wade, and utterly disregarding the one in four women in America who make the decision to end a pregnancy.”
Read about the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
- Legal Analysis: What Dobbs Got Wrong, 03.15.23
- U.S. Supreme Court Takes Away the Right to Abortion, 06.24.22
- Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade from Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, 06.24.22
- U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, 06.24.22
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in this case on June 24, 2022, taking away the constitutional right to abortion, abandoning almost 50 years of precedent, and paving the way for states to ban abortion.
In a devastating decision that will reverberate for generations, the U.S. Supreme Court has abandoned its duty to protect fundamental rights and overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling there is no constitutional right to abortion. Today’s decision—which abandons nearly 50 years of precedent—marks the first time in history that the Supreme Court has taken away a fundamental right.
The Court’s decision will likely lead to half of U.S. states immediately taking action to ban abortion outright, forcing people to travel hundreds and thousands of miles to access abortion care or to carry pregnancies against their will, a grave violation of their human rights.
The Center argued the case, which challenged a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy that had been struck down as unconstitutional by a lower court. The case marked the first time the Court considered the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion ban since Roe v. Wade. Mississippi asked the Court not only to uphold its abortion ban, but to overrule Roe v. Wade and rule there is no constitutional right to abortion.
Read more about the case below.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
The Women’s Health Protection Act
Federal legislation to protect abortion access from harmful bans and restrictions.