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The Supreme Court on Friday struck down the long-standing precedents of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, meaning that for the first time in almost 50 years the right to an abortion is no longer guaranteed in the United States. The 5-4 ruling in
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
decision — which closely adheres to a draft leaked in May — states, “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

At least half of states likely will now severely restrict or outright ban abortion, while others will strengthen the laws that protect a woman’s right to choose.

The reaction to the news on Twitter by medical professionals was swift and definitive. Here is how leaders in medicine voiced their opinion of the landmark decision.

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