Roe v. Wade is Gone. Here’s What That Means.

The Supreme Court has voted to overturn the landmark decision that established a right to an abortion. Here’s what that means for states.By Kaia Hubbard|June 24, 2022, at 11:19 a.m.SaveMore

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Roe is Gone. Now What?More

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24:    Abortion rights activists Carrie McDonald  (L) and Soraya Bata react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling which overturns the landmark abortion Roe v. Wade case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, which overturns the landmark abortion Roe v. Wade case, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday.(ANNA MONEYMAKER/GETTY IMAGES)

The Supreme Court this week overturned the nearly 50-year-old precedent that established a right to an abortion, making official what’s been widely known since an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion weeks ago. With the move, it hands the decision back to states, 26 of which are considered likely to ban the procedure. Accordingly, more than a quarter of the nation’s abortion clinics are expected to shut their doors in the coming weeks, as the effects of the massive ruling play out. But the exact way states and clinics will proceed remains to be seen.

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