The United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, meaning individual states can now ban abortion.
Western New York pro-life and pro-choice advocates reacted to the court’s decision Friday in a conversation with FingerLake1.com’s Rebecca Swift.
SCOTUS rules Roe v. Wade unconstitutional- What does it mean for NY? (video)
The ruling came more than a month after a draft opinion was leaked by Justice Samuel Alito.
The decision is the result of a decades-long effort by abortion opponents. The makeup of the Supreme Court also allowed this moment to become possible.
Roe v. Wade has been in place for nearly 50 years. Some believe abortion bans will occur in approximately half of U.S. states now.
However, recent polling showed that Roe v. Wade was something voters wanted to see preserved.
Alito wrote in the final decision that political branches reserve the right to regulate abortion – not the courts.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett joined Alito.
THE SUPREME COURT HAS OVERTURNED ROE V. WADE, ELIMINATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION.https://t.co/ZNYRs3QnpJ
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 24, 2022
Breaking News: The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years in a decision that will transform American life. https://t.co/bqkMP7tfby
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 24, 2022
Stay tuned for more on this and the local implications.