Abortion could be made illegal in parts of Trump’s America

10 November 2016, New Scientist
by Clare Wilson

Abortion provision in the US will soon come under attack. President-elect Donald Trump has given mixed messages in the past, but in this campaign he vowed to rescind women’s abortion rights at the federal level.

US law enshrining abortion provision across the country was set by a landmark court ruling in 1973 known as Roe versus Wade. Trump has vowed to overturn this, by appointing conservative judges to the nation’s highest court.

There are nine seats in the Supreme Court, with one vacant since February. When the abortion issue came before the court earlier this year, the status quo was upheld five to three.

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Source: New Scientist