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On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned decades of American law that held that women had a right to abortion and that states couldn’t outlaw the procedure or abortion clinics. That ruling, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Clinic, has already become a byword for a new era in which individual states may again send women to prison for seeking or having abortions and doctors and nurses for performing them.

It was seen as a watershed moment for religious and anti-abortion groups but as a catastrophe for women’s rights organizations and those who support abortion rights. Others saw in it language that paves the way for repealing gay rights, legal contraceptives and more.

But judge for yourself. Here’s the full text of the Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson.


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