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The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, eliminating constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for 50 years.
Watch the special report in the player above.
PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff anchored a special report on the impact of this legal and cultural change.
The End of Roe: A PBS NewsHour Special Report looks at the division on the court, the anti-abortion activism that led to today’s decision, the next steps as the battle over abortion access shifts to the states, and looks back at the history of pre-Roe America and what will come next.
READ MORE: What is Roe v. Wade?
Following the special report, Washington Week moderator Yamiche Alcindor hosted a special edition of Washington Week focused entirely on the Roe decision and its political fallout.
The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step.
It puts the court at odds with a majority of Americans who favored preserving Roe, according to opinion polls.
Alito, in the final opinion issued Friday, wrote that Roe v. Wade, that was decided in 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed the right to abortion, were wrong and must be overturned.
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