Abortion has long been a controversial subject in U.S. society. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that women had a right to have an abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade case. Nevertheless, individual States are free to enact laws that restrict the practice and availability of abortion. In this way, the tug-of-war between so-called “pro-choice” and “pro-life” advocates continues and the availability of abortion depends greatly on which state or region a woman lives. However, a draft opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on abortion that was leaked in early May 2022 suggests that the court is set to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, allowing individual states to ban abortion completely if they so choose. Although the Court's ruling is not expected to be officially announced until late June or early July 2022, the leak has already lead to protests and fears that millions of women in the United States could lose their right to abortion.
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