Demonstrators in Texas, US, protesting potential Roe v Wade changes, May 3, 2022 (Image: AAP/AP/Eric Gay)
Demonstrators in Texas protest against potential Roe v Wade changes (Image: AAP/AP/Eric Gay)

The zealots appear to have won. Goodbye Roe. Hello Jane Crow.

Women's guaranteed access to safe, legal abortion across America may well soon be dead. Under a leaked draft published by Politico of the pending majority opinion in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization, the watershed 1973 ruling that ensured constitutional protection for reproductive rights, Roe v Wade, would be eviscerated.

This decision does not turn on legal technicalities or minutiae. Instead it plunges a stake through the right to privacy established for decades under the 14th Amendment. Stare decisis be damned.