Washington (The Times Groupe)- The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, ending the constitutional right to abortion.
With a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court struck down the 1973 case that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion for about 50 years.
In nearly half of the states, abortion will be banned as a result of the ruling.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion.
The decision will be discussed by US President Joe Biden in a speech.
Former US President Barack Obama slammed the ruling, saying the top court “relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”
“The consequences of this decision would be a blow not just to women, but to all of us who believe that in a free society, there are limits to how much the government can encroach on our personal lives,” he added.
According to Planned Parenthood Action, “the court has failed us all – but this is far from over”.
In a statement, Amnesty International said the court’s ruling “marks a grim milestone” in the history of the United States and “robs Americans of their right to abortion.”
“People will be forced to give birth. They’ll be forced to seek unsafe abortions. This is the outcome of a decades-long campaign to control the bodies of women, girls, and people who can become pregnant,” said the organization on Twitter.
Former US Vice President Mike Pence defended the court ruling, saying: “Today, Life Won.”
“By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court of the United States has given the American people a new beginning for life and I commend the Justices in the majority for having the courage of their convictions,” he said on Twitter.
According to Pence, the Supreme Court has “righted a historic wrong.”