Historic ruling: Roe v. Wade overturned, abortion laws sent back to the states

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By CASEY HARPER | THE CENTER SQUARE

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that prevented states from banning abortion.

The court ruled 6-3 that there is no Constitutional right to an abortion and that it is therefore up to each state to decide how to handle the issue.

“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,” a syllabus of the ruling reads. 

The high court called the Roe v. Wade ruling “egregiously wrong.”

“Like the infamous decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, Roe was also egregiously wrong and on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided,” the court said. “Casey perpetuated its errors, calling both sides of the national controversy to resolve their debate, but in doing so, Casey necessarily declared a winning side. Those on the losing side – those who sought to advance the State’s interest in fetal life – could no longer seek to persuade their elected representatives to adopt policies consistent with their views. The Court short-circuited the democratic process by closing it to the large number of Americans who disagreed with Roe.”

Several states have already lined up legislation to restrict abortion in anticipation of this ruling.

“Finally, the Court considers whether a right to obtain an abortion is part of a broader entrenched right that is supported by other precedents,” the ruling said. “The Court concludes the right to obtain an abortion cannot be justified as a component of such a right. Attempts to justify abortion through appeals to a broader right to autonomy and to define one’s ‘concept of existence’ prove too much.”

The case in question began with a legal challenge to a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch last year requested that the Supreme Court use that case to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The ruling comes after the court last year allowed a Texas law to stand that banned abortions after six weeks, when a baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

A leak from the Supreme Court earlier this year that indicated Roe v. Wade could be overturned sparked controversy and led to protests outside multiple Justices’ homes and a failed assassination attempt against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Fencing and barricades were erected around the court, and law enforcement presence increased after the leak. Demonstrators on both sides gathered outside the court all week along with law enforcement in anticipation of the ruling.

Pro-life advocates celebrated the ruling.

“Laws across the country can now affirm that life is a human right and ensure women have greater access to the support and resources they need and deserve,” Alliance Defending Freedom General Counsel Kristen Waggoner said.

Now, the energy on abortion will likely ramp up at the state level, where each state government can now decide how to handle the controversial issue.

“We now turn to the states to ensure that unborn children and their mothers are protected from the gruesome reality of abortion, and that they receive the care and resources they need to flourish,” Waggoner said. “Mississippi asked the court to overturn Roe because that case was egregiously wrong and had no basis in constitutional text, structure, or history. Additionally, Roe’s changing standards have long been unworkable, which is why so many pro-life laws ended up in court. It also failed to account for changing science, which demonstrates that life begins at conception. Today is a day of celebration, but the battle continues, as states either respect or shirk their responsibility to protect the life and health of women and children.”

This story is developing.

57 COMMENTS

  1. Could it be possible that this country is slowly turning back to God? Or will God allow this country to be destroyed? Now, powers are being returned to the states. A return to states’ rights. We must extricate ourselves from the federal government’s funding linked to federal demands. Demands for what is taught in schools, demands for controlling our lands, demands, demands, demands from an out-of-control federal government that only keeps in office the sell-outs like Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Don Young in his latter years. Get the federal government out! Even if it means less money for us. We have resources. Let’s use them.

  2. what will be fun now is to watch which republicans were reall pro choice but were able to hide it i know a couple

  3. Would you post the final Supreme Court ruling? It is a long ruling. It would be helpful for those that are screaming to actually read what it says, however reading the ruling would mean the Roe v Wade fanatics actually have critical thinking skills and are NOT puppets of the elite. Warren, Schumer and many others should be at least sanctioned for their actions. This good for me and not for thee must stop! Lawlessness must stop. Marjorie Taylor Greene was sanctioned by Pelosi for reading what they considered disinformation or exercising 1st Amendment Rights to free speech. Inciting riots is not the same as reading disinformation. It is now time to shut down all disinformation campaigns and restore ALL 1st Amendment Rights. Liberal judges are being called out and being told to do your job as written into law. Liberal judges that are letting those that are orchestrating violence, rioters, looters and criminals free should be removed from their appointments! The “unselect committee” which is falsely accusing and prosecuting peaceful protesters for Insurrection must be stopped. The last six years have become worse than the horror movie “We know what you did last summer.” Activities by the sock puppets in America have become worse than craziness in the Twilight Zone.

  4. Roe v Wade was bad law which never should have happened. This is clearly a states rights issue.

    Each state can and should chart its own course on this topic.

    The worst part of Roe v Wade is it opened to door for rampant judicial activism. That is the bigger plague yet to cure. Courts went from arbitrators to rulers – and they loved it.

    Now watch the attacks on churches and pro life clinics all over America.

    Gotta give the rabid left this- they are willing to do violence on a large scale to force the nation to kill children. They are, of course, the party of “compassion”

  5. All praise to the Lord Jesus Christnthat this travesty to justice has finally been overturned!! Let us Alaskans come together and commit ourselves to reversing the same unjust situation that exists in our state!!

  6. WOOOOHOOOOO!!! Finally brains have returned! States should have always had the the say so.
    Make it harder for these trolls to seek killing their babies. When I was in high school in the early 80’s, Alaska did not allow it. Girls that “got in trouble ” flew to Seattle. Glad to see it will be returning that way.

  7. The Supreme Court « protects » children by prohibiting abortion while endangering these same children by allowing people to carry guns in public.
    Total political schizophrenia!

  8. Best News Ever! Now let’s make it illegal in ALASKA! The millions of children murdered because of that crap.

  9. This article states that the a court ruled 6-3 that there is no constitutional right to an abortion. Is that an accurate statement?
    After reading other accounts about this decision it appears that Justice Roberts did not go that far and wanted to limit the decision to the facts of the Mississippi court decision banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. My assessment is that this was a 5-4 decision.

  10. Many, many people have been laboring since 1973 to overturn R.v.W. Protesting, organizing, fundraising, writing opinion pieces, supporting pregnancy crisis centers, buying ultrasound machines for said pregnancy centers, and supporting young single mothers after birth. In many blue states (such as the one I recently lived in) the vicious baby killers imposed onerous regulations on pregnancy centers, so ultra sound machines had to be staffed by RN’s and lawyers needed to be hired to navigate the tomes of regulations imposed upon them. I joined many others who were spat upon, ridiculed, mocked- but continued to toil away, often through many dark days (i.e. Casey v. P.P.).

    Here is to the many lives that will be saved, and in remembrance to the many lost to the butchers bill. All 63,459,781 since 1973.

    Here is to the many women who faced pressure to abort and did not.

    Here is also to the many women who did have an abortion and have struggled or are struggling since. You are loved. You are whole. You are forgiven by Him. Always know that even in the dark places that you may go in your grief

  11. REJOICE!!
    The sound of 63 million aborted babies singing and clapping………..drowning out the sound of 100 million wacked-out, crazed, Left-wing Democrats crying and wailing. Sweet justice for dead babies!!

  12. Yes, technically and “legally” Roe has been overturned. But the 1973 decision and the question at the time….the only TRUE question…is weather baby murder should be “legal” or not. The Court today was too cowardly to even address that question and there’s zero to celebrate as long as murder remains “legal.”

  13. We watch in horror as a small Right-wing minority slowly steers the ship of State away from the safe waters of Democracy, and towards the dangerous rocks of Theocracy.

    And the Founding Fathers weep.

    • The Founders wept when 9 (7 actually) men in robes and zero accountability took it among themselves to create Constitutional rights which didn’t exist.

      Unless you can show, specifically, in the Constitution when it says abortion is a right.

      • Not to mention that our Founders very clearly wrote of their disgust for democracy, that they founded a republic and pretty much every nation on the planet, Judeo-Christian or not, has outlawed baby murder for the last 5,000 years.

      • Well, M. Avenger, separation of Church and State is a fundamental tenet of the Constitution, and has been since the inception of the Country. I would refer you to the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

        What we have now is a fringe group of radical Fundamental Christians making decisions based upon their religious beliefs, instead of simply interpreting our founding documents.

        • Another emotional, non factual, and incorrect reading of the Constitution.

          The Constitution forbids the establishment of a state religion (like the Church of England). It does not explicitly call for a separation of faith from civil life.

          Further, even RGB said Roe was bad law. Using your weak ass spin, in ‘73 7 members of the Supreme Court followed their secular faith to create a right that
          1-didn’t exist
          2-they had no Constitutional authority to make.

          Logic and facts are not on your side. Hysterical rants about non existent theocracy does not change that.

          Quit while you’re only way behind.

        • Incorrect, if common misconception. The Constitution doesn’t call for “separation of church and state”. It says the government can’t have a state religion.

          More, nowhere does the Constitution strive to ban religion from public life. Almost every member of the Founders refers to God as a vital force in public life.

          Following the law is not religious fundamentalism. It’s respecting the Constitution which guides America.

          You are entitled to your opinion. But you have no facts to base your objects on.

  14. Very curious to watch how Roberts concurred but would not strike down Roe, while voting yes on Mississippi.

    This sort of equivocation and dancing never works long term.

    But what can you expect from a Bush appointee who gave us Obamacare

  15. Wonder if the tolerant left is going to burn Anchorage tonight?

    Should be fun to watch Portland and Seattle go up in flames. Might do millions in improvements.

  16. Oh, and let’s cut one thing off at the pass. The hypothetical “poor incest victim in Mississippi”.

    You actually find her, prove she’s pregnant by her dad (it can be done) and wants an abortion-I’ll drive her to where she can get one. Provided I get to beat the hell out of the dad and leave what’s left of him with the cops.

    Provide real life examples instead of hysterical hypotheticals and we’ll talk.
    Like adults, if you can.

    Til then, go drink your soy lattes and plan your gender transitions.

  17. All good Catholic men in the Anchorage diocese need to go stand guard on their churches tonight, and Sunday.

    And look out for Holy Rosary, too.

    The progressives are raging and demanding violence.

  18. Wow, I just listened to the squatter in DC’s speech. Those with critical thinking skills or discernment should listen to the words shouted by all the hypocrites. This isn’t about removing an unconstitutional ruling or Roe v Wade, this is about removing their ability to harvest baby body parts. When OBiden proclaims that Congress needs to pass laws to restore a woman’s right to choose, how about following laws which are moral and Constitutional! OBiden’s illegal vaccine mandates for federal workers and military MUST be stopped. Everyone’s sovereignty including sovereignty over their own bodies and the bodies of their dependents must be restored. All Constitutional Rights must be restored including 1st and 2nd Amendments. No more disinformation task forces! No more social media illegal censuring. Doctors must be allowed to treat all patients without interference and meddling by government bureaucrats without self-dealing by Fauci, Biden, Gates, Soros, Schwab and many others. Let’s start acting like free Americans and stop being puppets of these evil doers.

  19. The overreaction to this is ridiculous.
    .
    What is it with leftists and abortion? They are acting like this is the end of the world. NEWS FLASH! Abortion is still perfectly legal in, as far as I know, all 50 states.
    .
    Instead of protesting the SCOTUS, why not start working with your State legislature? It would be a much more productive use of your time.

    • It’s a perspective thing. To the hard left, abortion is a religious sacrament. Like Communion to Christians.

      They feel their secular religion has been violated by saying states should decide this issue.

      Not saying it makes sense, but there it is.

      Religion never goes away. It gets bastardized into something else.

      • Late term abortions are not for the benefit of the mother as late term abortions provide a valuable commodity. These are evil to the core sick disgusting people! Abortion will remain legal in most states, not all! Several states already have banned or limited abortion. Those that believe a child is not alive until it takes its first breath will have to answer for their false misconceptions. If a woman doesn’t want to have a child, there are safer alternatives called contraceptives. Rape victims can be given a morning after pill which is much safer than having an abortion. Justice Robert’s was only pandering to the liberals to try to save face. Justice Robert’s should resign if he doesn’t want to uphold the Constitution. Timing is everything. Why now? What happened to investigating the leak? So many lies it is hard to find the truth these days.

  20. This is the first headline I’ve read that’s told the truth. Abortion has not been eliminated, as stated, its up to the states. Mainstream media is stirring up the Libs by saying its been taken away. Expect some “mostly peaceful” protests this weekend (funded by George Soros).

  21. aoc says people will die because Roe v. Wade has been overturned…..

    Sadly, she fails to mention the 63,459,781 Babies That Have Been Killed, against Their Will to Live, in Abortions Since Roe v. Wade in 1973

  22. Got to give it to the Left. In a few short weeks, they’ve managed to turn the 2022 mid-terms from what was likely a referendum on Clueless Joe, the House Majority, and the Democrats in the Senate into a two-issue campaign: guns and abortion.
    While the vast majority of people are exceptionally unhappy with the economy and the general state of our nation, the flashpoint issues (“Nothing’s more important than [guns][abortion]”) will lead to setting aside any concern other then whether a candidate supports federally-guaranteed abortion rights and enhanced federal gun control.

    …and I fear that based only on those two issues, the Left has the more support or certainly the louder voice.

  23. There were two votes.

    The first vote “Dobbs -v- Jackson (Mississippi case).. The ruling in the Dobbs case was 6-3 in favor of allowing Mississippi to place limits on abortion after 15 weeks.” Chief Justice John Roberts voted in support.

    The second vote was whether to overturn Roe vs. Wade. That vote was 5-4 with Chief Justice Roberts joining Democrat judges Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in dissent.

    What to take away from this and many other votes is that Roberts is a uniparty shill which is not surprising given he was a Bush appointee

    • Funny thing. It was the Biden lawyer who pushed the all this or nothing approach. Roberts desperately wanted to split the baby.

      It’s his signature move. Play politics and create laws where none exist. His tenure as CJ will be known for his playing God and devaluing the Court.

      Roberts is THE poster child for term limits as opposed to lifetime appointments.

    • How? Exactly. Be factually specific, not politically hysterical.

      Or in your mind is following the Constitution theocracy?

      Abortion is not illegal in America, or Alaska. It’s regulated by individual states, same as weed.

    • Take your pick Whidbey Thedog Then move there please!
      Every Theocracy Country Currently in Existence in the World:
      Afghanistan.
      Iran.
      Mauritania.
      Saudi Arabia.
      Vatican City.
      Yemen.

  24. What an interminable surprise communism may be for some. They’re having gala dinners among the royals today for some damned un secret reason.

  25. So how about this:

    We’ll give you guns with reasonable restrictions, and you give us abortion with reasonable restrictions.

    Deal? It’s much better than this never-ending political cage match.

    • Nope. Not compromising the Constitution. Plus you know the RINOs would cave the first chance they got.

      You’ve got a losing hand politically and you know it.

    • Not a chance. Never surrender Constitutional rights to a deranged mob. Especially the one which gives me the ability to defend myself from said mob

      Plus history shows the left will not honor any deal made.

  26. We have the right to be secure in our persons, our papers and our God Given liberty. Public servants receive a publicly funded stipend to secure this right. See that you do it. You are not my babysitter. That being said I hope the unborn are secure in their person’s also.

  27. Excellent news for a change. Every human life is precious. Now watch these vicious thugs start burning stuff down.

    The idea that a large portion of our population has not a clue how the Supreme Court works is stunning. A true testament of our education system.

  28. Why do we disagree at such length and so fervently about abortion? The answer is simple: There’s no way to irrefutably determine who is right and wrong about the issue. To some, humans have souls that bestow sanctity. The non-religious laugh at the concept, yet know that there is indeed something special about the embryo at some point. Some believe that life begins at conception, others disagree and feel that there is no real sentience until much later. Some believe that the unborn have rights, and others believe that the rights accrue to the host until birth. As varied and contradictory as these ideas are, they are all somehow based in one’s religion, personal philosophy, education, or upbringing, and hence, each person will have their own (usually strong) opinions on the issue. But in the end, it all boils down to opinion – not provable fact. And as a result, considerable latitude must be given when judging the viewpoints of others in this matter.

    Today the Supreme Court decided that decisions on abortion should be relegated to the States instead of the Federal Government, the purported rationale being that such decisions should be made by the voters, and closer to home. Well that’s a good start, but how about extending that line of thought a little further. Why not place abortion decisions even closer to those affected – say, instead of the State, the County, or town, or – how about this – the home or family of the concerned individual? Certainly they know their particular circumstances and the impacts of their decisions better than any governmental body, and are therefore best suited to make them in a manner that best aligns with their adopted, yet ultimately unprovable beliefs.

    That sounds like real liberty and freedom to me.

    • It’s a very clear right and wrong. You just don’t like it.

      More importantly, it’s very clear Constitutionally. You like that less.

    • God, you’re desperate.

      If this was so damned important to the left, why didn’t they spend the last 50 years trying to codify abortion into law? Why let it fester like this? Even RGB admitted it was bad law and inevitable to be overturned.

      Could it be the left prefers the issue over the resolution?

  29. “That sounds like real liberty and freedom to me.”

    Does it, though?

    Real liberty and freedom to whom, exactly?

    What about personal responsibility resultant from actionable liberty and freedom that creates a life?

    I am of a generation that understood that if one was part of coupling that created a life, that life was our responsibility, whether we ‘wanted’ it to be or not, and THAT was the known gravity of the responsibility of the result of said action through real liberty and freedom of which you speak.

    Life created is not a fickle thing, nor is it something that can be thrown aside as an inconvenience.

    Life created is a great responsibility unto those that created it and should be well thought out before said possible creation can take place, but without the full understanding and acceptance of that responsibility, as is seemingly and somehow accepted by those that do not take said act seriously, personal responsibility is no longer even an issue or consideration, which is the base upon where we stand now.

    It is not pro-choice or pro-life.

    It is anti-responsibility and pro-responsibility regarding created life, and either taking ownership of that created life, or abandoning it through purely selfish reasoning.

    There are exceptions, of course, such as forced creation of life through incest or rape, each of which should be examined based upon their own circumstances and resultant decisions.

    That said, every other circumstance whereas created life has been constructed, whether through forethought or within no thought given whatsoever, responsibility of the created life givers is the same, and must be adhered to, as choices have consequences, and always have, whether those consequences are convenient or not.

  30. A fine opinion, but mine differs, and neither can be proven irrefutably right or wrong. Your opinions are based in your religion, I’d suspect, and that is a religion to which I do not subscribe. Therefore, I’m not bound by your beliefs or strictures. But of course I am bound by the law of Man, to which I will always (although sometimes grudgingly) adhere.

    Obviously you feel that humans are set apart from other creatures and that they are somehow special. Otherwise, by your stated philosophy, you would never have killed an insect, put down a dog, or hunted an animal. But humans have no such thing as a soul, nor are they “made in the image of God”. What utter rubbish.

    Of course some sort of life begins at conception, that’s true, but it is neither sentient at this point, nor sacred. So, during this phase, and even though I don’t like abortion for reasons unrelated to the organism, I don’t see a philosophical reason that it shouldn’t be permitted up to the point of sentience or perhaps even viability.

    You are welcome to your opinions, but I have no obligation to agree with you, nor to follow the strictures that follow from them. Live your life as you see fit, and allow me to live mine as I see fit in return.

    • I actually feel very sorry for you. What a sad life you seem to have.

      The irony is IF you actually believed what you claim to, you should support
      the reversal of Roe/ Wade. It removes an unconstitutional rule and returns the power and authority to each state. Citizens can now vote, via their elected representatives, how their community wants to respond.

      I thought your side was all about “democracy”. Or is that transactional depending on it going the way you want?

  31. You presume much, Thedog.

    I have no ‘religion’.

    Merely pragmatism and logic.

    And yes, humans are ‘special’ within our ability to ‘choose’ amongst various scenarios.

    As unto your last sentence, I fully agree, being the individualist Libertarian that I am.

    But a final query, if I may.

    Whom or what chooses the point of sentience or viability, or even what those terms mean?

    You?

    Me?

    Exactly.

    Your philosophy allows for the denial within the ‘perception’ of life, whereas mine own philosophy allows for the allowance within the ‘perception’ of life.

    You, the negative.

    Me, the positive.

    I have no delusion so as to change your mind, and would not attempt to do so, as you are already lost within it.

    I am merely pointing it out.

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