The Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade, the 1973 landmark judgement that constitutionally established the federal right to abortion on Friday, June 24, 2022.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the reversed decision might result in abortion bans in 26 states. 13 of these states have “trigger legislation,” which is now scheduled to take effect automatically or through an immediate legislative action since Roe is no longer relevant.
Experts caution that the effects of the Supreme Court’s Roe decision may eventually extend beyond abortion rights.
Roe established the right to abortion under the right to privacy, raising concerns about what the reversal would mean for other key decisions that also employed this principle, such as same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, and, once more, contraception.
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The United States Supreme Court made it plain in the same judgement that overturned Roe v. Wade that the constitutional right to access contraception remained unaffected, but one justice stated that he would welcome challenges to that right.
People across the U.S. can still buy and access emergency contraception like the morning-after pill