The U.S. Supreme Court struck an end to Roe v. Wade on Friday, ending constitutional protections for abortion and allowing for individual states to make that decision.
The landmark decision was reversed by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Samuel Alito. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were in dissent.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Justice Alito writes in his opinion.
The dissenting side of the court wrote “With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent”.
Former President Barack Obama wrote on Twitter that the decision was “tantamount to an attack on freedoms for millions of Americans”.
As for what the decision means in Delaware, laws were passed in 2017 that would give women the right to an abortion and set standards for who could perform the procedure. Maryland also has a similar law that would allow for abortions to remain legal.
However, several states have laws that effectively ban abortions with Roe v. Wade overturned. Those states include South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Kentucky. States that would soon be illegal include Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Delaware Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long has issued a statement to TV Delmarva:
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade is an attack on the freedom of women to make decisions about their own bodies, and an attack on basic human rights. As a nurse for over three decades, I am angered and appalled that millions of women will no longer have the right to make informed decisions about their reproductive health. Today’s decision is crushing for our nation, but make no mistake — this fight isn’t over. We must not and will not back down. The future of our health depends on it.”Bethany Hall-Long, Lt. Governor of Delaware
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