(Washington, DC) -- The Supreme Court is overturning Roe v. Wade, the decades-old decision which legalized abortion nationwide.
It did so while considering a case out of Mississippi where the state attempted to ban abortion after 15 weeks. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion.
The actual opinion came weeks after Politico published a leaked draft opinion indicating justices were indeed ready to strike down Roe.
"“This ruling from the Supreme Court is a win for life and states’ rights," said U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer in a statement released to WDAY Radio. "It is one of the most consequential decisions in my lifetime. In the last 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, millions of helpless babies have been murdered. Countless lives will now be saved and the fundamental principle of federalism is restored. This ruling reaffirms the tradition of the State of North Dakota to protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick, and I am heartened the majority of the Supreme Court agrees.”
Protesters have gathered in Washington D.C. to voice their disapproval of the move, while several other cities are also expecting many to hit the streets in the coming hours.
“The U.S. Supreme Court decision is wrong and will harm millions of people,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States. “This decision is an unconscionable rollback of fundamental rights for all people in the United States. Because people’s right to access abortion is no longer guaranteed by federal law, it now depends on where you live and how much money you have to travel out of state for abortion care. Forced pregnancy is a grave violation of human rights and dignity. We have been preparing for months to be able to best serve patients across our region. Our doors are open and Planned Parenthood is committed to providing abortion care where it remains legal."
Stick with WDAY Radio for local updates on possible acitvity in the wake of the decision.