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US Supreme Court overturned a landmark decision that legalised abortion 

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On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned long-standing constitutional restrictions on abortion in the United States. The Roe v. Wade judgement was overturned by the court’s conservative majority, which is projected to result in abortion restrictions in around half of the states.

The decision, which was unfathomable only a few years ago, was the result of decades of work by abortion opponents and was made feasible by the court’s right flank, which has grown more assertive thanks to the addition of three Trump nominees.

Both sides anticipated that the debate over abortion would continue, both in state capitals and in Washington, and Justice Clarence Thomas, who was part of the majority decision on Friday, urged the court to reverse previous decisions by the high court that supported same-sex marriage, gay-sex, and the use of contraceptives.

Following Friday’s ruling, clinics in at least two states—Wisconsin and West Virginia—ceased offering abortions.

While pro-abortion activists applauded the decision, abortion rights advocates, including President Joe Biden, expressed disappointment and vowed to battle to preserve the rights.

At the White House, Biden said, “It’s a sad day for the court and for the country.” In the November elections, he urged voters to use it as a deciding factor, saying, “This decision must not be the last word.”

More than a month had passed since the shocking disclosure of a draught opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, which showed the US Supreme Court was ready to make this historic decision. It puts the court at odds with the vast majority of Americans who, according to surveys, backed upholding Roe.

In his final conclusion, Alito said that the 1992 rulings Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the right to an abortion, were incorrect on the days they were decided and must be reversed.

“We, therefore, hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.