The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade today, June 24, 2022. The court's ruling, split 6-3 along ideological lines, undoes its landmark 1973 decision that a pregnant person's right to an abortion is protected by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
The overturning of Roe is incorporated into the decision on the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, in which the state of Mississippi asked the high court for the constitutional right to ban some previability abortions if it does not "burden a substantial number of women."
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion—it leaked in early May—which argues that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to an abortion.
"The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment," Alito wrote.
"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start," he stated.