Washington DC — Roe v. Wade has been overturned by a 6-3 majority of the US Supreme Court in a historic decision by Justice Samuel Alito which was joined by Justices Thomas, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett.

Click HERE to read the full opinion of the court.

Some highlights of the opinion are as follows:

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Justice Alito

 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. 

Holding of the Majority of the Court

The right to abortion does not fall within this category (fundamental right). Until the latter part of the 20th century, such a right was entirely unknown in American law. Indeed, when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted, three quarters of the States made abortion a crime at all stages of pregnancy.

Justice Alito

The most striking feature of the dissent is the absence of any serious discussion of the legitimacy of the States’ interest in protecting fetal life. 

Justice Alito

As I have previously explained, “substantive due process” is an oxymoron that “lack[s] any basis in the Constitution.” The resolution of this case is thus straightforward. Because the Due Process Clause does not secure any substantive rights, it does not secure a right to abortion. 

Justice Thomas concurring opinion

Because the Constitution is neutral on the issue of abortion, this Court also must be scrupulously neutral. The nine unelected Members of this Court do not possess the constitutional authority to override the democratic process and to decree either a pro-life or a pro-choice abortion policy for all 330 million people in the United States. 

Justice Kavanaugh concurring opinion

Let me begin with my agreement with the Court, on the only question we need decide here: whether to retain the rule from Roe and Casey that a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy extends up to the point that the fetus is regarded as “viable” outside the womb. I agree that this rule should be discarded. 

Chief Justice John Roberts, concurring opinion

Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens. 

Justices Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor dissenting opinion

At first reading it appears that the core of Justice Alito’s majority opinion remained mostly unchanged since the unprecedented leak and publication earlier this year.

Please stay tuned for more updates on this momentous supreme court decision.

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