Disclaimer: this is not an opinion piece and the article only contains facts without any opinions; and yet, Newsbreak demanded I added the opinion label in the title.
The news about Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 law granting women access to abortions, has struck like lightning. Some states have already imposed strict or even total bans on abortions, and 26 are expected to do so. These are dark times for the United States.
So, who were the "heroes" who made this a reality? The Supreme court has 9 Supreme justices, and a majority had to vote for the law to be overturned. Let's find out who were the judges that made this happen.
The Voting Results
The Supreme Court has 9 supreme justices, including a Chief Judge, John Roberts.
Roe v. Wade was overturned as judges voted 5 to 4 to do so.
Five judges who voted in favor of striking the law were:
1. Amy Coney Barrett, Republican Party. Nominated by President Donald Trump in 2020.
2. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., a Republican Justice nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006.
3. Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Party. Nominated by President Donald Trump in 2018.
4. Neil M. Gorsuch, Republican Party. Nominated by President Donald Trump in 2017.
5. Clarence Thomas, Republican Party. Nominated by President George H.W. Bush, he was appointed to the Supreme court in 1991, and as of 2018, Thomas is the longest-serving supreme justice.
Four judges who tried to keep the law intact were:
1. Stephen G. Breyer, Democratic Party. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
2. Sonia Sotomayor, Democratic Party. Nominated by President Barach Obama in 2009.
3. Elena Kagan, Democratic Party. Nominated by President Barach Obama in 2010.
4. John G. Roberts, Jr, the justice nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005 and became the Chief Justice shortly after. But despite being a Republican, some of his votes and decisions are more liberal.
Ever since President Donald Trump appointed three Republican Supreme Justices during his time in office, and with Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing away in 2020, the majority of Supreme justices are Republican.