The top 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.

In a massive blow to women’s rights, 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, reported news agency AFP.

The 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.

“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,” the court said.

US strikes down abortion rights: Six justices vote to overturn Roe, three vote against it marking their dissent

At least 22 states expected to roll back abortion

Legal abortions in country now expected to fall by 14%

States begin to curb abortions; Texas and Missouri already start the process.

US Strikes Down Right to Abortion; Supreme Court Says Not in Constitution