The US Supreme Court issued two precedent-setting decisions in two days, reversing two important ‘legal decisions’ on issues where the US has made decades of progress.
First, on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that New York State’s 1911 law restricting the carrying and possession of concealed weapons was unconstitutional.
Then, yesterday, it reversed a 1973 court ruling that abortion is a constitutional right, ruling that abortion is ‘not’ a constitutional right.
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The Supreme Court is the highest appellate court in the United States and interprets the US Constitution through its precedent-setting decisions, determining the limits of the powers of the state vis-à-vis the nation, the state vis-à-vis the state, and the government vis-à-vis the citizen.
Second resolution: Ruling on the constitutionality of the right to abortion
In Texas in 1969, a pregnant woman nicknamed Roe sued Attorney General Wade, arguing that abortion was a constitutional right. In 1973, after the landmark case, the state law banning abortion was overturned, and other states followed suit.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to abortion was not a constitutional right and overturned Roe v. Wade. The Court’s decision reads as follows;
“The Constitution does not grant a right to abortion; Roe and Casey (another precedent) are overruled, and the power to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”