By a 5-4 count, SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, holding that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion. The opinion is the most consequential and influential Supreme Court decision in decades and will transform the landscape of women’s reproductive health in America.
The landmark decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to abortion had been in existence since 1973. Next year would have been its 50th anniversary.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
The Writers Guild of America West Board of Directors and the Council of the Writers Guild of America, East issued a joint statement condemning the decision:
“The Board of the Writers Guild of America West and the Council of the Writers Guild of America, East join to condemn the Supreme Court’s decision Friday morning overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that protected reproductive rights and the freedom of choice. Once again, this court has chosen to ignore public opinion and to violate the privacy and health of a vast percentage of the American population. This decision will lead to injury, death and the denial of basic human rights that allow Americans to lead the lives they choose without fear of interference or bodily harm. We now look to the states to enforce existing law or to act to pass new legislation that will protect against the Supreme Court’s misguided and harmful decision.”
WGAW Board of Directors: President Meredith Stiehm, Vice President Michele Mulroney, Secretary-Treasurer Betsy Thomas, Liz Alper, Patti Carr, Robb Chavis, Adam Conover, Marjorie David, Travis Donnelly, Ashley Gable, Dante W. Harper, Eric Haywood, Deric A. Hughes, E. Nicholas Mariani, Zoe Marshall, Dailyn Rodriguez, David Slack, Patric M. Verrone, and Nicole Yorkin.
WGAE Officers & Council: President Michael Winship, Vice President Lisa Takeuchi, Secretary Treasurer Christopher Kyle, Monica Lee Bellais, Sara David, Ashley Feinberg, Kaitlin Fontana, Gina Gionfriddo, Josh Gondelman, Tian Jun Gu, A.M. Homes, Liz Hynes, Kim Kelly, Gail Lee, Hamilton Nolan, Benjamin Rosenblum, Erica Saleh, David Simon, Lauren Ashley Smith, Sasha Stewart, Kelly Stout, and Tracey Scott Wilson.