The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe and Casey rulings in its decision in the Dobbs case on Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
The court rejected the Roe v. Wade abortion rights case, ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that the question of abortion should be returned to the states.
Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett formed the majority. Chief Justice Roberts concurs in the judgment.
Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan filed a dissenting opinion.
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” the majority opinion reads.
“There is nothing in the Constitution about abortion, and the Constitution does not implicitly protect the right.”
Alito’s opinion said the court’s 1973 Roe decision had exceptionally weak reasoning “and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” he wrote.
He also said abortion policies should be determined on the state level.