“Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
Decision was 6-3.
Biden’s Solicitor General argued in Dobbs (a case initiated by an abortion law in Mississippi) that allowing Mississippi to prohibit abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, “would be no different than overruling Casey and Roe entirely.” — So the Court replied by doing so.
Brown v. Board of Education overturned a much older precedent. So the Court did not necessarily err merely because they overturned a past prececent.
ALITO (writing for the majority) says: “Roe’s defenders characterize the abortion right as similar to the rights … involving matters such as intimate sexual relations, contraception, and marriage, but abortion is fundamentally different….”
Kavanaugh says that the Constitution is neutral on abortion, and so the Court was wrong in Roe to weigh in and take a side.
Thomas writes separately to reiterate his view that the due process clause also does not protect a right to an abortion.
SCOTUS on Dobbs: “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Note that some States have trigger laws which will automatically outlaw abortion as soon as a State official certifies that Roe is overturned. This could take days or merely hours.
Jeff Toobin on CNN said the majority opinion is virtually identical to the leaked draft.
The View co-host Ana Navarro wrote, “If keeping track, yesterday the Conservatives in the Supreme Court ruled against state rights regarding concealed weapons. Today, they ruled in favor of state rights when it comes to women’s bodies. They’re good with states regulating our uterus but not guns.”
My response: the SCOTUS decision on concealed carry specifically permits a wide range of regulation of guns in general, including concealed carry permits. The decision on abortion permits the people, at the level of Congress as well as the States, to decide the issue of abortion. SCOTUS did not state a constitutional right to life for the unborn, but merely overturned the claim of a constitutional right to abortion.
This post will be edited to add more, soon.