The Supreme Court will not be announcing its decision on abortion access on Thursday, with American women, healthcare providers and pro-choice activists now bracing for the possible overturning of Roe v Wade tomorrow.
The Supreme Court released four case opinions on Thursday morning but did not include its decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the case that will impact access to safe abortions across America.
The court has added Friday to its schedule of opinion issuance days meaning a ruling could come in less than 24 hours.
As first reported in Politico, a leaked Supreme Court draft decision showed that the court intended to strike down the precedent with the backing of conservative justices – at least three of whom claimed during their confirmation hearings that they would recognise Roe as precedent rather than oveturning it.
Meanwhile, a new study from the University of California has found that more than a quarter of abortion clinics in the US would shut down if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark ruling. Those 202 closures, authors note, would “decimate abortion access” for women living in the South and Midwest.