On June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States announced a historic opinion of the day: Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional.

“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” states the 66-page decision.

Moving forward, individual states will be responsible for introducing laws that could restrict or ban abortions. This decision is in line with the draft leaked in May, which indicated the high court intended to reverse the 49-year-old ruling.

Just minutes after the Supreme Court’s announcement, Franklin Graham posted the following response on Facebook:

“The United States Supreme Court just announced one of the most significant rulings in my lifetime—officially voting to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision because it was ‘egregiously wrong from the start,’ as stated by Justice Samuel Alito. The radical left is calling for a ‘night of rage,’ pregnancy centers are already being vandalized and attacked, and our U.S. Supreme Court justices are being targeted with threats and intimidation. Roe v. Wade, passed 49 years ago, has resulted in the deaths of over 63 million innocent children in this country. Sadly, this decision is not an end to abortion—it pushes the battle back to the states. My prayer is that every state will enact protections for children in the womb and that our nation will value life and recognize the rights of our most vulnerable.”

—Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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