Status: 06/24/2022 16:42
For nearly 50 years, the United States had a federal right to abortion. Now the Supreme Court has overturned it – and the laws of the individual states are applying again.
The US Supreme Court has repealed the national abortion law. Six of the nine judges voted in favor, the Supreme Court said.
They decided against a 50-year-old groundbreaking decision. In 1973, Roe v. Wade allowed abortions throughout the United States before the fetus is viable, which is approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Verdict Roe versus Wade
In the groundbreaking “Roe versus Wade” ruling of January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state laws prohibiting abortion violated the United States Constitution. Since then, abortions have been almost limitless in most US states.
The designation reverts to the alias “Jane Roe” chosen to protect the plaintiff. The defendant for the state of Texas was the then Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade. “Roe versus Wade” is one of the most socially controversial decisions in the history of the Supreme Court, which at the time was characterized by a liberal majority of judges.
State law applies
With the new verdict, there is now a decision on abortion rights in individual states. Several conservative states, such as Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota, already have laws that severely restrict abortion. They are now in force after the single regulation has ceased to apply. Other states want to follow.
A conservative majority of judges voted in favor of the verdict. The American daily “Politico” has already published a draft judgment written by Judge Samuel Alito in early May. The extradition sparked nationwide protests. According to surveys, the majority in the US is for the federal government.
The Democratic bill failed
Following the publication of the draft ruling, US President Joe Biden said in a written statement that he was still in favor of women’s right to self-determination. If the Supreme Court overturns a law that has hitherto applied, then that right must be enshrined in Congress. He would have signed such a law, Biden said.
Shortly afterwards, Democrats introduced a bill on the right to abortion in the US Senate. However, this did not work.