The U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

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(Washington, DC) -- The Supreme Court is overturning Roe v. Wade, the decades-old decision which legalized abortion nationwide. By a 6-3 vote Friday, the landmark decision was overturned which means a woman's constitutional right to an abortion in the United States is over.

It did so while considering a case out of Mississippi where the state attempted to ban abortion after 15 weeks. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion.

The actual opinion came weeks after Politico published a leaked draft opinion indicating justices were indeed ready to strike down Roe.

Roe v. Wade, which was decided in 1973, states that the Constitution of the United Stats protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction, striking down previously enacted U.S. federal and state abortion laws at the time.

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