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End of US abortion law would mark swing to religious right

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The leak of a draft opinion penned by conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, one that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade verdict decriminalising abortion across the United States, has supercharged an already heated political landscape.

The stakes are high - and not only for the rights of women. Overturning Roe v Wade is a slippery slope; such a decision could impact the fundamental principle and practice of the separation of church and state.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2022, with the headline End of US abortion law would mark swing to religious right. Subscribe