Abortion advocates knew it was coming, but today's ruling still hit like a thunderclap.
The Supreme Court of the United States has now officially overturned the landmark ruling from Roe V Wade, ending nearly 50 years of abortion protection and removing a right from citizens.
This will trigger instant abortion bans across several conservative states, and will open the door for many more to enact their own bans.
SCOTUS Overturns Roe V Wade
USA Today reports, "The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion, a watershed decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and erased reproductive rights in place for nearly five decades.
In the court's most closely watched and controversial case in years, a majority of the justices held that the right to end a pregnancy was not found in the text of the Constitution nor the nation's history.
Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority."
Experts worry that the removal of rights won't stop at abortion. This ruling opens the door for other rulings to be challenged, and marks the first time a once-granted right has been removed.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has already suggested that next on the SCOTUS's list to consider should be rulings that guarantee the right to contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage among others.
Business Insider writes, "In a concurring opinion written by Thomas, the conservative justice wrote that the court should also reconsider other cases that fall under the Court's previous due process precedents.
'For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,' Thomas wrote."
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