A Divided Nation Reacts to the End of Roe v Wade
Headline Roundup June 25th, 2022
Opinion sections across the spectrum were filled to the brim on Friday with commentary about the end of Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey quickly became the dominant news story across the spectrum. Along with the main decision to overturn federal protections for pre-viability abortion rights, Justice Clarence Thomas also stirred controversy with a concurring opinion that questioned the court’s “substantive due process precedents” on same-sex marriage and contraception.
Voices from the left were strongly opposed to the decision, calling the Supreme Court’s conservative majority “audacious” and “contemptuous.” Some argued the court had harmed its legitimacy as a nonpartisan institution. The homepage of The Cut, New York Magazine’s (Left bias) women-focused section, almost exclusively featured headlines like “How to Protect Yourself When Seeking an Abortion.” Some voices also took issue with Thomas’ concurring opinion, with one Vox (Left bias) writer calling it “odious.”
Voices from the right were similarly emphatic but overwhelmingly celebratory; one National Review (Right bias) writer called the decision “The Greatest Victory in the History of the Conservative Movement.” Some voices in the Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) praised former President Donald Trump and dismissed concerns that the end of Roe would threaten gay marriage. Along with several abortion opinions, Fox News (Right bias) also featured voices opposing trans-inclusive language like “birthing persons” and pronouns.
The Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating federal abortion protections that stood for almost 50 years. On Friday, June 24, the conservative majority released its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, confirming the outcome a leak made clear in May when Politico published a draft ruling by Justice Samuel Alito. Roe prohibited states from outlawing abortion before viability (around 24 weeks into a pregnancy) and after, in cases where pregnancy turned out to threaten the patient’s life or health. In Dobbs, Mississippi challenged those terms directly, asking the Court to uphold its 15-week ban by...
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At last. It has taken 49 years and five months, but the Supreme Court has finally reversed the monstrous injustice it worked in 1973. In Roe v. Wade, seven justices cast aside the laws of every state protecting unborn children from the violence of abortion, even though nothing in the text, original understanding, or history of the Constitution authorized them to do so. It was an act of “raw judicial power,” as a Democratic justice wrote in dissent, and even law professors who approved the abortion license Roe created assailed the decision for lacking any constitutional...