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Malheur County leaders offer widespread support for U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion

Rep. Mark Owens, R-Crane, said he supports the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Roe vs. Wade but doesn't expect Republicans in the Oregon House or Senate to be able to capitalize on the judgment. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ONTARIO – Local elected leaders offered broad support for the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow the states to regulate abortion.

The 6-3 ruling paves the way for each state to set its own abortion laws.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion. Alito was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett in reversing a case settled nearly 50 years ago.

The elimination of the constitutional right . . .