by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 24, 2022) — The 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade has been overturned by a six-member majority of the U.S. Supreme Court as announced in a 213-page opinion Friday morning.

The ruling was immediately celebrated by pro-life organizations but condemned by Joe Biden and “pro-choice” advocates who now say women’s lives will be placed “in danger” resulting from restricted abortion access.

Those concurring with the opinion are Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch, the latter three of whom were nominated by 45th President Donald J. Trump.

The dissenting opinion (beginning on p. 148) was written by Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

The case which rendered the decision, DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION ET AL, was argued December 1, 2021. Jackson Women’s Health, citing Roe, claimed a newly-enacted Mississippi law violated a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion by restricting the procedure to the first 15 weeks of gestation.

At both the district- and appellate-court levels, Jackson prevailed, with Dobbs challenging the rulings to the high court.

The 1992 Supreme Court ruling in the Pennsylvania case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, upheld the tenets of Roe, although replacing Roe‘s recognition of viability as it relates to the three trimesters of pregnancy with the “undue burden” standard.

On May 2, a draft opinion in Dobbs indicating the court intended to overturn Roe in support of the Mississippi law was leaked to Politico, generating a rash of attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and Catholic churches, picketing outside several Supreme Court justices’ homes, and a death threat against Kavanaugh.

The following day, Roberts announced the Court would investigate the source of the leak and that a draft opinion does not necessarily reflect a final opinion in any case.

“Before this Court, petitioners defend the Act on the grounds that Roe and Casey were wrongly decided and that the Act is constitutional because it satisfies rational-basis review,” the first page of Friday’s majority opinion states. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

In contrast, the minority wrote, “For half a century, Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833 (1992), have protected the liberty and equality of women. Roe held, and Casey reaffirmed, that the Constitution safeguards a woman’s right to decide for herself whether to bear a child. Roe held, and Casey reaffirmed, that in the first stages of pregnancy, the government could not make that choice for women. The government could not control a woman’s body or the course of a woman’s life: It could not determine what the woman’s future would be.” With Roe overturned, they reasoned, “Across a vast array of circumstances, a State will be able to impose its moral choice on a woman and coerce her to give birth to a child.”

Some states have recently enacted more restrictive abortion laws, while others have expanded access and extended “protection” to abortion providers and potential customers coming from other states.

Breyer is set to retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s term, expected within days, and will be replaced by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was unable or unwilling to define the term “woman” during her confirmation hearings.

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  1. abortion is the MURDER of unborn children of God!!!!! The supreme court righted a very EVIL decision made in 1973!!!!! Maybe Almighty God will again bless this country!!!!!now We the People can focus on defeating the twin sins of homosexuality and “transgender” propaganda that spits in God’s face every day!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The Chief Justice didn’t sign the majority opinion.

    The Chief Justice concurred in judgment only, meaning he agreed that Mississippi’s law was constitutional, but that the majority was wrong to wholesale overrule Roe v. Wade.

    1. Five Justices did sign the majority opinion.

      They concurred in toto, meaning they agreed that Mississippi’s law was unconstitutional and that the Chief Justice was wrong to not join them in wholesale overruling Roe v. Wade.

      The Supreme Court Of The United States has ruled. There is no constitutional right to abortion. PERIOD.

      KARMA Mr. Burnett. KARMA. :)

      1. If one would actually read the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion, one would know that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Mississippi’s law was constitutional.

        A six-justice majority did not overrule Roe v. Wade; it was a 5-4 vote to overrule.

        I have no idea what karma has to do with anything.

  3. All 6 Republican SCOTUS Justices voted to abide the U.S. Constitution.
    All 3 Democrat SCOTUS Justices voted to ignore the U.S. Constitution.

    “We the people…” need to vote accordingly in the future.

      1. Obama twice received a majority of the popular and electrical votes for the office to which he was duly elected.

        A majority of the U.S. Senate duly confirmed Obama’s nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.

        1. In 2008, the Democratic Party of Hawaii (DPH) did not certify Obama eligible to serve as President “under provisions of the U.S. Constitution” as it was required to do by Hawaii election law at the time. Who to have better cause/reason to verify his eligibility per the U.S. Constitution other than a state organization compelled to do so by state law? Additionally, the DPH did that intentionally because, except for the candidates names, the only difference in the DPH’s 2000, 2004 and 2008 certification statements is that the above quoted verbiage was in the first two but not in the last one — i.e. it was intentionally deleted from the last. That he was elected and re-elected in no way, shape or form negates the foregoing or proves he was a legitimate (eligible) president.