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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v Wade, a Look at What That Means

Politico reports the death of Roe. The opinion was leaked.
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Justice Samuel Alito

The following from Politico

The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.

The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Here is the Draft Written by Justice Alito and posted by Politico.


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What the Decision Means

We are now headed for the absurd state of affairs where what constitutes murder in one state will be a perfectly legal procedure one mile away in another. 

States like California will likely offer free transportation and other states will make it a crime to move across state lines for the procedure. 

Meanwhile, VOX reports The FDA made mail-order abortion pills legal. Access is still a nightmare.

Thirty-two states require a physician to administer the medication, while 19 states require the prescribing clinician to be physically present when the pills are taken — legalities that amount to a de facto ban on receiving abortion care via telehealth. 

Nineteen states, including Texas and most of the Deep South, require two or more in-person visits to access medication abortion, while eight others require at least one visit; in 2021, six states, including Texas, passed explicit laws against receiving medication abortion through telehealth.

We would be better off with a national law of some sort than the tangled mess that's about to happen.