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United States Supreme Court Opinions: What They Are, and Are Not

Remember the opinion in Dobbs, et al. vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization, et al?  Almost certainly you do because it reversed Roe v. Wade.  Now take a breath because this is not a political writing.
Dobbs is an opinion of the United States Supreme Court.  The opinion expresses the current supreme court's opinion on whether a certain body of law complies with the United States Constitution.  The opinion is an opinion on whether the Constitution creates the right to an abortion.  The opinion rules on whether there is a right under federal law to abortion.  It is an opinion on how far the Constitution extends on That, collectively, is the essence of what a Supreme Court opinion actually is: an opinion on whether some act or law complies with the Constitution.  Now, assuredly it gets deeper fast, but that's what an opinion of the Supreme Court is.
Here is what the Dobbs opinion is not:  it is not a rule of law that abortions are illegal; it is not a prohibition on states permitting abortions; it is not an opinion on what is morally right and just.
I don't want the point of the writing to be lost in whether you think Dobbs is a correct opinion. Understanding what an opinion is and is not is important.  Please take the time to read and digest this.  It might just help realize the effect of an opinion of the court.

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