US: Supreme Court rules against abortion rights


ISLAMABAD, June 25 (Alliance News): The US Supreme Court unexpectedly quashed the 1973 ruling in the famous Wade v. Wade case, which recognized abortion as a constitutional right of women.

According to foreign media, the decision is being hailed as a victory by Republicans and religious conservatives, who want to limit or ban abortion.

The court upheld the Mississippi law with a 3-6 ruling, which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks.

The judges ruled that Roe v. Wade’s decision to allow abortion before 24 to 28 weeks was a wrong decision because the U.S. Constitution does not specifically mention abortion rights.

Mississippi’s law was overturned by lower courts, which ruled that abortion rights violated Supreme Court rulings.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only surviving abortion clinic in Mississippi, challenged the law in the Supreme Court in 2018 with the support of US President Joe Biden of the Democrats.

According to the law, abortion was allowed only in the event of a medical emergency or a fatal disability, but did not include pregnancy caused by rape.

The Roe v. Wade ruling states that the US Constitution protects women from abortion under privacy, with no exceptions to pregnancy as a result of rape.

The Supreme Court upheld abortion rights in 1992 in a case called “Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey” and said that enforcing abortion laws was tantamount to imposing an “unnecessary burden”.

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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts condemned the May 2 leak of Justice Samuel Elliott’s draft and announced an investigation to identify the culprits.

After the leak, Biden condemned the decision and called on Congress to pass a law requiring abortion access across the country.

Thousands rallied for abortion rights in Washington and other cities.

Judges in Texas overturned a law in 2016 that severely restricted abortion centers and doctors.

According to the poll, most Americans are in favor of abortion rights, but the decision to withdraw was aimed at conservative Christians and anti-abortion activists, who marched in Washington in January this year.

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Abortion in the United States has increased by 8% in three years, according to figures released by the Gut Matcher Institute, an abortion rights group.

Seven years after the verdict, abortion was on the pack in the United States in 1980, at 29.3 per 1,000 pregnant women, compared to 13.5 per 1,000 in 2017, and by 2020, abortion had risen to 14.4 per 1,000 women.

International abortion rights are on the rise, with the United Nations World Health Organization estimating that there are 73 million abortions worldwide each year, accounting for 29% of all pregnant women.


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