A leaked draft ruling suggests the United States Supreme Court may be on the cusp of overturning Roe v. Wade, the influential 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion as a constitutional right in America.

This draft, which the court says is not yet final, has electrified supporters and opponents of abortion rights, says researcher Prudence Flowers. Ending Roe v. Wade, she argues, would dramatically impact reproductive rights in the US and have flow-on effects around the world.

“It would also likely have symbolic consequences globally, shaping the strategies and tactics of the trans-national anti-abortion movement,” she writes today.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the US is a different country and in Australia there are no changes to abortion laws.

“But while legal abortion in Australia seems secure, we are still a long way from treating abortion as the routine health care it is,” writes Flowers, adding that the end of Roe v. Wade would “likely embolden our own anti-abortion activists and politicians.”

Sunanda Creagh

Senior Editor

The end of Roe v. Wade would likely embolden global anti-abortion activists and politicians

Prudence Flowers, Flinders University

The end of Roe v. Wade would dramatically impact reproductive rights in the US. It would also likely have symbolic consequences globally.

Abortion right guaranteed by Roe will be replaced by state power if the Supreme Court adopts the leaked Alito opinion

Morgan Marietta, UMass Lowell

If the Supreme Court guts landmark rulings that established a constitutional right to abortion, the legal struggle will shift to statehouses and state courtrooms.

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