JTN: The Supreme Court on Friday strikes down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wadecase, which for nearly half-a-century has offered a constitutional protection to a woman’s right to an abortion.
The majority opinion, issued in the Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, was written by Justice Samuel Alito and joined by fellow conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who filed a concurring opinion, wrote that he agrees “with the Court that the viability line established by Roe and Casey should be discarded under a straightforward state decided analysis. That line never made any sense.”
The court’s final 6-3 decision overturns Roe and subsequent the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Caseydecision, which largely upheld the initial right.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” wrote Alito in a first draft of the now official decision that was leaked in early May. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” MORE