On Friday, the Supreme Court has reversed Roe vs. Wade, sending abortion laws back to the states.
In a 6-3 decision, SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. in 1973.
The ruling came more than a month after the draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step was leaked.
“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,” a syllabus of the opinion said.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
The Roe precedent made abortions legal nationwide until fetal viability, or the point at which a child is able to survive outside the womb, which is generally determined to occur at around 24 weeks’ gestation. States can now restrict abortions at any point in pregnancy.
The court’s three liberal justices filed a dissenting opinion to the ruling.