The court overturned the landmark ruling of Roe v Wade, a move that is likely to lead to bans on abortions in roughly half of states.
Pregnant women considering abortions were already dealing with a near-complete ban in Oklahoma and a ban after roughly six weeks in Texas.
Following the ruling, clinics have ceased offering abortions in at least eight states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Governor of Alamabama praised the decision of the supreme court she said “I could not be more proud as a governor, a Christian and a woman to see this misguided and detrimental decision overturned”.
“Alabama will continue standing up for our unborn babies, our mothers and our families.” She added
The Democratic governors of California, Washington, and Oregon vowed to protect reproductive rights and to help women who travel to their states seeking abortions.
Amidst the protests against the Supreme Court’s move continue, there are also fears that the court and its conservative majority will not stop at abortion.
Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the conservatives on the court, has urged his colleagues to overturn other high court rulings protecting same-sex marriage, gay sex, and the use of contraception.
“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Judge Thomas wrote in his concurring opinion to the ruling on Roe.