Commonwealth Policy Center

Abortion, which ends the life of an unborn child, is no longer a protected federal right. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday and said that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.” The Court, in its 6-3 decision, said that Roe v. Wade “was egregiously wrong from the start,” and that “its reasoning was exceptionally weak.” The Court pointed out that a big problem with Roe was that it prevented “the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion.” This ruling “returns that authority to the people and their elected representatives.” So, the issue will now be decided at the state level. And practically, that means that some states will liberalize abortion law, while nearly half the states, including Kentucky, will prohibit abortion.