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A painful day in American history

Leaving the political implications of the recent verdict aside, in the immediate aftermath there are several uncertainties and many of them on the legal front.

Front row, left to right: Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Back row, left to right: Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Source: supremecourt.gov

For almost fifty years women in America had a constitutional protection for abortion, an issue that had always been a political problem for Democrats and Republicans and especially more heated in recent years thanks to the increased polarization of the society. But on June 24, a conservative bench of the United States Supreme Court delivered the ultimate shocker—that the historical verdict delivered some five decades ago in Roe v Wade is no longer in the books. In taking on a case relating to the state of Mississippi, the apex court tossed out the Roe v Wade.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision had damaging consequences” wrote Justice Samuel Alito for the majority. Justice Alito was joined by four other conservative Justices but Chief Justice John Roberts in siding with the majority in the Dobbs v Jackson Medical Health Center took the side of the state of Mississippi but would not go the full extent of throwing out Roe. But the judicial verdict was clear in an essentially a 6 to 3 opinion or 5 to 4 in a strict interpretation of Roe v Wade.

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