A pro-choice supporters cries outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. - The US Supreme Court on Friday ended the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shreds half a century of constitutional protections on one of the most divisive and bitterly fought issues in American political life. The conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 "Roe v Wade" decision that enshrined a woman's right to an abortion and said individual states can permit or restrict the procedure themselves. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP)

The arch-conservative majority in the Supreme Court actually did it: on Friday, it overturned the abortion law in the United States, which had existed for almost 50 years. The judges deliberately reignited a socially highly political debate that many thought had largely been resolved.

Now, politicians in conservative states are again allowed to regulate how, when and if a woman can make decisions about her own body. Numerous states governed by Republicans have so-called “trigger laws” in the drawers, laws which in some cases almost completely prohibit abortion and which can now come into force immediately. Previously, this was prohibited by the landmark judgment “Roe v. Wade” in 1973. Republicans were prepared for this day, yes: they have been working towards it, in some cases for 50 years.