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"The [U.S.] Supreme Court [will vote] to strike down the landmark _Roe v. Wade_ decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO."

The *official* decision is not expected for another few months. Politico's source says 4 Republican-appointed judges are on board, the 3 Democratic-appointed ones opposed, and Roberts undecided.

While the outcome isn't surprising (the question was whether _Roe_ would be overturned outright, or chipped away like the Voting Rights Act), someone leaking the opinion to the press *is*; it indicates conflict behind the scenes.

Note to uterine-Americans: as anyone familiar with U.S. repro rights will tell you, the anti-choice movement's ultimate goal is banning birth control. Plan accordingly.


(Note: redrafted to clarify some points, thanks to folks who replied to original.)

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A bit of context on likely societal impacts of forced childbirth. The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world, and unlike other wealthy countries, the rate is rising, not falling:

"According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health…The disproportionate toll on African Americans is the main reason the U.S. maternal mortality rate is so much higher than that of other affluent countries." Like many racial disparities, it cuts across educational and income levels, too: "A 2016 analysis of five years of data [from NYC hospitals] found that black college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school."

For more background, see the rest of ProPublica's "Lost Mothers" series:

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@nev It's truly hideous, and it will become more so over time. This is deliberate on the part of conservatives: they want more women to die, no doubt as part of some twisted revenge on them for daring to demand equal rights.

It violates the first, and fourth amendment, separation of church and state, as well as my inalienable rights. It's fundamentally unconstitutional, and I reject this. I will continue to do the same things a man has the right to do, including, but not limited to reproductive alterations.
I wish I still had a uterus, cos I'd go to prison for this shit.

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Roberts is "Undecided" in the sense that if he could, he would abstain from voting so the decsion would pass without him "looking bad"

As if he isn't already a heniois ghoul.

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