Republican victory with a bitter aftertaste

Six months ago, the Supreme Court overturned the national right to abortion. The procedure is now banned in around a third of the states. Politically, however, the verdict was a boomerang for the conservatives.

Anti-abortion protesters demonstrated outside a Michigan clinic last November. Shortly thereafter, however, the politically contested member state clearly voted for liberal regulations on abortion.

Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters

On June 24, Republicans reaped the rewards of decades of political struggle. After around 50 years, the American Supreme Court revised its leading judgment “Roe v. Wade” in 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States up to about 24 weeks of pregnancy. Now the conservative majority of judges has changed this case law: the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution grants neither an explicit nor an implicit right to an abortion.

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