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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade live online: protests, opinion, abortion, trigger laws in United States...

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade live online: protests, opinion, abortion, trigger laws in United States...

SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade | Headlines

- President Biden addresses the Supreme Court's decision

- Governors of California in Massachusetts say they will not comply with extradition requests from states where abortion is banned to pursue criminal prosecution.

- Friday the US Supreme Court in a 6-to-3 decision struck down Roe v Wade

- Pro choice activists take to the streets across the US including Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC. 

- Abortion will become illegal, even in cases or rape or incest, in more than a dozen states after today's ruling. 

- The decision removes the federal legal right to abortion under the constitution

- Legal abortion will be banned or severly restricted in almost half of US states.

- Majority's final ruling similar to leaked draft written by Justice Samuel Alito

- Background on 1973 ruling, and what the impacts will be of today's. 

See the crowds assembled outside the Supreme Court react to the decision on C-Span

Protests against the repeal of abortion rights in the USA: cities, times and route


Protests against the repeal of abortion rights in the USA: cities, times and route

Friday’s verdict was foreshadowed in a leaked draft opinion that was made public in early May, but the anticipation has done nothing to dampen the strength of feeling. The Court’s decision has been met by widespread protests from pro-choice activists across the country.

If you want to get involved, advocacy group We Won’t Go Back lets you see the pro-choice protests happening near you.

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Huge crowds gather for abortion rights protest

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, abortion rights supporters across the country have taken to the streets to protest. Footage here from Philadelphia shows thousands of people flooding the streets outside of City Hall. Abortion remains legal in the state of Pennsylvania for now, but there is real concern for its future now that the constitutional right has been removed. 

Missouri trigger law sees abortion banned

One of many states to take advantage of Friday's Supreme Court ruling was Missouri, which introduced a ban on abortion just minutes after the Court's decision was announced. Missouri has for decades been eager to curb abortion rights wherever possible, a stance which ensured that the state only has one abortion clinic, in the capital of St. Louis. 

Missouri has a long history as an anti-abortion state, introducing its first ban on the procedure in 1825. 

Where will abortion be banned in the US?

The constitutional protections for abortion afforded by Roe v Wade have been removed and states can now move to ban the procedure. The Guttmacher Institute anticipates that a total of 26 states are likely to impose new restrictions on abortion and even ban it entirely.

There are 13 states that have so-called ‘trigger laws’ on the books, which were designed to introduce new laws restricting abortion as soon as Roe v Wade was overturned. However in practice it could take some time, even if only a matter of days, for the laws to go into effect.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts signs order saying the state will not comply with extradition requests

Some states that have implemented trigger laws to criminalize abortion have said they may try and prosecute those who seek abortions in other states. Gov Charlie Baker, a Republican, says his state will not comply with such requests for individuals who sought care or medical professionals who delivered it.  

Many Senators are coming out to discuss their frustration with the overturn of Roe v Wade after three Supreme Court nominees who voted to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion had testified that they would respect the law. 

During the confirm hearings, both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh said that they would uphold the law of the land. In the end they formed part of the court's majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Armed police seen marching towards the Supreme Court

President Biden has called on protestors to protest peacefully.  

Lines of heavily armed police were seen heading to the Supreme Court. So far protests from both sides have been peaceful. 

What has Biden said about the US Supreme Court’s abortion bans?


What has Biden said about the US Supreme Court’s abortion bans?

President Biden has addressed the nation after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Abortion has been legal in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that has been upheld by justices from across the political spectrum over the years. Now, almost a century later, three justices, appointed by President Trump, who lost the popular vote, have overturned a popular constitutional right. 

Read our full coverage for more details on the national address. 

“The Supreme Court has abandoned a fifty-year precedent at a time that the country is desperate for stability. This ill-considered action will further divide the country at a moment when, more than ever in modern times, we need the Court to show both consistency and restraint. Throwing out a precedent overnight that the country has relied upon for half a century is not conservative. It is a sudden and radical jolt to the country that will lead to political chaos, anger, and a further loss of confidence in our government.

Susan Collin, US Senator, Maine
In which states are abortions illegal after US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade?

Roe v. Wade

In which states are abortions illegal after US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade?

The decision of the US Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling has paved the way for US states to enact legislation almost completely banning abortion or heavily restricting access to the procedure. The Guttmacher Institute, a US-based independent pro-choice research NGO, estimates that up to 26 states are either certain or likely to impose new laws severely limiting access to abortion procedures or putting outright bans in place, with very few exceptions.

Read more on what can be expected between states after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

“The Supreme Court made it clear: They are overturning Roe and Casey. This is the end of our constitutionally-protected right to abortion. The impact on the real lives of real people will be devastating. The Supreme Court has given the green light to extremist state lawmakers who will waste no time springing into action to put in place total bans on abortion. And they won’t stop there—the anti-choice movement and its political allies have already made it clear that they want to enact a nationwide ban on abortion. This decision is the worst-case scenario, but it is not the end of this fight. The 8 in 10 Americans who support the legal right to abortion will not let this stand. There is an election in November, and extremist politicians will learn: when you come for our rights, we come for your seats.”

NARAL, Pro-Choice Organization
What is Roe v Wade in law? What was the 1973 ruling?

Roe v Wade

What is Roe v Wade in law? What was the 1973 ruling?

The US Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion in the United States and legalized it nationwide, handing a momentous victory to hardline Republicans and religious conservatives who want to limit or ban the procedure. Read our full coverage to learn more about the 1973 ruling and what today's decision means for abortion rights in the US. 

Planned Parenthood says fight for reproduction rights goes on after Roe overturned

The ruling by the US Supreme Court throwing out 50 years of precedent set by Roe v Wade will make abortion illegal shortly in 13 states that have trigger laws, activating the ban on the proceedure in the event Roe is no longer the law.

There are 22 states where access to abortion is protected by legislation with varying degrees of restrictions. Lawmakers have been moving to codify reproduction rights after a draft ruling of the SCOTUS decision was released earlier this year.

SCOTUS has thrown aside the Constitution & is instead forcing its ideological beliefs down the throats of the American people. This Roe V Wade decision not only overturns the law that has been in place for almost 50 years – it flies directly in the face of the will of our country.

Chris Van Hollen , Democratic US Senator from Maryland

Today's SCOTUS decision marks a dark day in our country. Abortion is health care and this decision will put the lives of those who can become pregnant in danger. Know that we will never stop fighting for safe, accessible abortion for all.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democratic congresswoman from Washington

SCOTUS Decision on Mississippi abortion ban ends 50 years of federal protections

Republican-led state houses have been working for years to overturn Roe v Wade which granted women legal access to an abortion under the constitution in 1973. Those efforts were ramped up when the highest court was given a 6-to-3 conservative majority after political shenanigins by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell let Trump seat three justices that would overturn the 50-year-old legal precedent.

On Friday, the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization and upheld a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15-weeks of pregnancy. In doing so the 6-to-3 decision also struck down Roe which will see abortion become illegal or severely restricted in almost half of the US.

We've gone from the idea of abortion being safe, legal and rare to abortion on demand, until birth, paid for by your tax dollars. Today's decision takes that away.

Jeanne Mancini, President of March For Life, Speaking to CBS News

Justice Thomas doesn't want to stop at Roe v Wade, other SCOTUS rulings next?

When a leaked draft of the decision to overturn Roe v Wade by the conservative majority on the US Suprerme Court was published earlier this year some of the justifications raised fears that other constitutional rights granted through the court and not by the legislature could be on the chopping block.

Although the rough draft written by Justice Samuel Alito tried to ring fence the decision only to Roe v Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas is of a different mind and wants to review legal precedence for other past decisions legalizing contraception, same-sex intimacy and same-sex marriage.

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The US Supreme Court released its decision on upholding Mississippi's law banning abortions after 15 weeks. The majority decision overturns Roe v Wade ending the federal legally protected right to abortion under the constitution.

We'll follow along with news on what this consequential Supreme Court decision will mean for women's reproductive rights in the US. 


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