A Supreme Court document released to Politico has suggested that abortion rights in the United States may be extremely limited, triggering panic across the nation. The United States’ top judicial body has decided to reverse the historic Roe v. Wade abortion decision, as per a tentative judgment released in its entirety by Politico on Monday. The 1973 decision gave women the right to an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, but very few options in the second. The decision was affirmed in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Since it is relevant to a dispute the court considered in 2021, the Supreme Court has placed an emphasis on Roe v. Wade. Five conservative-leaning justices agreed to overturn Roe v. Wade, as per Politico, while the three liberal-leaning justices are preparing a dissent. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, 22 states will be able to restrict abortion beyond a few weeks of conception, if all appropriate legal arrangements have been completed. Previously, justices have frequently modified their votes during the discussion process. The court’s ultimate verdict is scheduled to be released by the end of June or in the first few weeks of July.

Even though the 98-page published paper is simply the first tentative ruling, the unusual access to the justices’ discussions has shocked abortion rights advocates, who flocked to Washington, DC mere hours after its release. “While abortion remains legal, tonight’s news demonstrates that our worst fears are becoming reality. Abortion access has reached a critical juncture. We don’t have time to waste — we must act immediately,” Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization tweeted.

“The Supreme Court is ready to inflict the largest restriction of rights in the previous fifty years — not only on women, but on all Americans,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Supreme Court’s draft ruling an “utter disgrace” and a “direct assault on women’s dignity, rights, and lives, not to mention decades of settled law.” Abortion has always been a contentious subject in the US. As per a Pew poll from 2021, 59 percent of Americans say abortion should be allowed in all or most situations, while 39 percent feel it should be outlawed.

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