US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

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The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 SCOTUS decision that the U.S. Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s choice to abort her baby.

The ruling means that women in the US no longer have a constitutional right to an abortion.

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The six Conservative judges voted to overthrow Roe v. Wade, while the three Liberal judges voted against.

The SCOTUS decision was announced Friday, after weeks of death threats and unrest on the streets.

Anti-abortion activists celebrated the decision on the courthouse steps and across the country.

The decision was expected after a clerk an internal memo leaked to Politico.com in May, indicating that the SCOTUS judges had the votes to overthrow Roe v. Wade.

The ruling forces pregnant women to seek unsafe alternatives to abortion. Many women will be forced to leave states where abortion is now illegal.

Ohio is one of the states expected to make abortion illegal in most situations. Abortions are already illegal in Texas and Georgia.

The US Supreme Court also expanded gun rights in New York state by repealing a law requiring gun owners to demonstrate why they needed a gun license.