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Local media views SCOTUS reversal on abortion as sign of America divided 

  • June 26, 2022
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All Sunday papers reported extensively on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional protection for abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, expressing strong concern that the already sharp division between liberals and conservatives in America will further widen. Nikkei raised alarm that the selection of supreme court justices has apparently been used for partisan politics, pointing out that former President Trump put three highly conservative judges on the bench even at the risk of escalating the political tension. It also pointed out the plunge in public confidence in the increasingly politically charged supreme court. Asahi wondered whether the conservative bench may move to strip constitutional protection for same-sex marriage or contraception. While quoting President Biden and former President Trump commenting that the ruling “is a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error” and “the biggest win for life,” respectively, Yomiuri projected that the controversial decision is bound to leave a profound scar on American society and have significant effects on the November mid-term election. 

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