Assessment: In 1987 Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the Roe v. Wade decision, revealed that her challenge to state laws was based on a lie. McCorvey said she made up her story of becoming pregnant through being gang raped when she discovered that Texas only allows abortion when the life of the mother is at risk …
On Friday, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the much anticipated Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, overturning the pro-abortion precedent set by Rose v. Wade and Casey.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“ I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deut. 30:19
He was joined in the majority opinion by Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett. Justice Roberts filed a separate opinion concurring with the majority.
“With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.” [sic] From Roe … to Sorrow. It truly is sad.” wrote Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan in a joint dissent.
The issue of abortion will now be returned to the individual states to regulate as each sees fit. Dark blue states are expected to impose the most radical pro-abortion policies while dark red states may ban all abortion. Many states may choose to allow abortion only under certain circumstances.
The Dobbs case concerns a Mississippi law that makes abortion illegal after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. SCOTUS heard arguments in November 2021. The Court’s decision was originally expected to be handed down in June, but in an unprecedented act of subversion, someone leaked an early draft of the majority opinion. Politico published the leaked draft on May 2, causing uproar among abortion supporters.
Only a third or so (34%) of Americans support abortion in the second trimester, and only 19% think it’s okay in the third trimester.
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