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The US supreme court is ready to overturn the right to an abortion. What happens next?

A leaked draft opinion lays out the supreme court’s plans to overturn Roe v Wade. It is something abortion activists have long feared – and will have lasting repercussions for all Americans, reports Jessica Glenza

It was an unprecedented leak: on Monday night, Politico obtained a draft of a supreme court opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The document revealed the court’s plans to overturn Roe v Wade, the critical decision that has enshrined abortion rights in the US for nearly 50 years.

The court has since confirmed that the draft was real and called for an inquiry into the leak. And while it was still only a draft – the official decision will not be announced until May – the document sent shockwaves around the US, setting off protests in major cities.

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