Abortions No Longer Federally Protected After Supreme Court Ruling

Austin Hojdar | The PhoenixJB Pritzker said abortions will remain legal in Illinois, even with the new Supreme Court ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization June 24 alongside a 5-4 vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — two landmark cases that set precedent for abortion rights in the U.S., according to the Associated Press (AP).

In May of this year, a leaked draft of the decision written by Justice Samuel Alito suggested Roe v. Wade could be overturned and could have huge impacts on this year’s election, AP reported.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, was argued Dec. 1, 2021 and the final decision was released June 24 after months of deliberation, according to the Supreme Court website

The case was regarding a Mississippi law from 2018 that banned most abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case revolved around Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, according to AP News.

“Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act provides that ‘[e]xcept in a medical emergency or in the case of a severe fetal abnormality, a person shall not intentionally or knowingly perform . . . or induce an abortion of an unborn human being if the probable gestational age of the unborn human being has been determined to be greater than fifteen (15) weeks,’” Justice Alito wrote

The decision further stated the Constitution doesn’t grant someone a right to abortion. The court also leaves the decision to keep or ban abortions up to the states.

“Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.

Mississippi and 13 other states now have laws that ban abortion in the event of Roe v. Wade being overturned and another half-dozen states have a near total ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, AP reported

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has been sure to guarantee the legal right to abortion within the state, despite the ruling.

“This is a direct assault on self-determination and the right to privacy,” Pritzker tweeted. “The fight continues.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), also states on their website that abortion is legal for all people in Illinois.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas also called on the court to reconsider other landmark cases involving same-sex marriage and the use of contraceptives, AP News reported

Loyola sent an email June 24 which addressed the ruling and stated the university supports the rights of the Loyola community to express their opinions and perspectives respectfully. 

“We acknowledge that many are feeling frightened or vulnerable, and are concerned that they must stand alone in facing the future,” the email said. “I assure you—that is not the case. In this significant moment for our country, we call for compassion, thoughtfulness, and respect regardless of personal position.”

Correction: The original version of this article had some factual errors, including when it said Roe v. Wade was overturned in a 6-3 vote. Now, the article clarifies that Roe v. Wade was overturned in a 5-4 vote andDobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was decided in a 6-3 ruling. The headline was changed to reflect this correction.

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