the right to abortion threatened by a future decision of the Supreme Court

According to “Politico”, the American Supreme Court is preparing to challenge the right to abortion by repealing a 1973 judgment. Each state could decide whether or not to prohibit access to abortion.

The Supreme Court of the United States is preparing to overturn the historic 1973 judgment in which it recognized the right to abortion, the newspaper assured on Monday. Politico which is based on an unprecedented leak of documents. The daily says it has obtained the draft majority decision written by conservative judge Samuel Alito and dated February 10, which is still to be negotiated until it is published by June 30.

Roe v. Wade, who almost half a century ago believed that the US Constitution protected women’s right to abortion, was “completely unfounded from the start”, is it written in this proposed text.

“We believe that Roe v. Wade must be annulled,” adds Samuel Alito, for whom the right to abortion “is not protected by any provision of the Constitution”.


If this conclusion is accepted by the High Court, the United States will return to the situation in force before 1973, when each state was free to prohibit or authorize abortions.

Given the significant geographical and political divisions on the subject, half of the states, especially in the conservative south and center, should quickly ban the procedure on their soil.

“Let’s be clear: this is a preliminary draft. It is outrageous, unprecedented but not final: abortion remains your right and is still legal,” tweeted the organization Planned Parenthood, which runs many clinics performing abortions. .

An unprecedented leak of documents

The Supreme Court has been profoundly overhauled by Donald Trump who, in five years, brought in three judges, solidifying his conservative majority (six judges out of nine). Since September, this new Court has sent several favorable signals to opponents of abortion.

She initially refused to prevent the entry into force of a Texas law which limits the right to an abortion to the first six weeks of pregnancy against two trimesters under the current legal framework.

During the December review of a Mississippi law, which also questioned the legal deadline for an abortion, a majority of its magistrates made it clear that they were ready to nibble or even simply overturn Roe v. Wade.

The document presented by Politico relate to this case. Its publication constitutes an extremely rare leak for the Supreme Court, where the secrecy of the deliberations has almost never been violated.

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