America reacts to Supreme Court Roe v. Wade abortion ruling

America reacts to Supreme Court Roe v. Wade abortion ruling

Pro-choice pols and groups raged and anti-abortionists rejoiced Friday with the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” former President Barack Obama tweeted.  

Just minutes after the decision came down, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the ruling a “slap in the face to women.

“What this means to women is such an insult,” she said.

In a twitter post, Planned Parenthood vowed to “never stop fighting.

“The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade, ending our constitutional right to abortion,” the organization posted.

“We know you may be feeling a lot of things right now — hurt, anger, confusion. Whatever you feel is OK. We’re here with you — and we’ll never stop fighting for you.”

Supreme Court roe v wade
The Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Joy Calloway, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Action Fund, added in a statement, “This is personal.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has robbed millions of people of their right to control their bodies and personal health care decisions,” Calloway said. “This cruel decision provokes a dangerous health crisis. People will be forced to overcome unjust barriers to access abortion or carry pregnancies against their will — at the risk of their health and lives.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called the decision an “affront to basic human rights.

Anti-abortion protest
Pro-choice activists are fuming at the decision.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

“There is nothing to call this Supreme Court opinion but an affront to basic human rights and one that aims to shackle women and others in reproductive bondage,” Adams said in a statement. “Reproductive care is health care, but, put simply, this decision puts lives at risk.”

The high court’s 6-3 decision upholds a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It means the procedure is no longer federally protected, handing regulatory powers back to each state.

Get The Post’s latest updates following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

At least 22 states are now expected to implement total or near-total abortion restrictions based on the ruling. 

For women in states that are expected to implement near-total bans of the procedure, Adams said, “Know that you are welcome here and that we will make every effort to ensure our reproductive services are available and readily accessible to you.”

Ahead of the decision, New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman called the expected ruling a “full-scale assault on women, their health care providers, and their support systems.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the ruling a "slap in the face to women"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the ruling a “slap in the face to women.”
Getty Images

“In the wake of new abortion restrictions that have already begun to pop up across the country, abortion access states like New York must step up to protect patients, providers, and helpers,” Lieberman said.

“Nationwide, courts and police are already seeking to punish people who have miscarriages, stillbirths, or abortions, and this will only increase with the fall of Roe. State lawmakers need to return to Albany right now for an extraordinary session to pass the Equality Amendment, which would protect vulnerable groups from discrimination — including pregnant people regardless of their pregnancy outcomes and the LGBTQ+ communities who are under fire by the same people ripping away the right to abortion.”

Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told reporters Friday that he was “alarmed” by the decision, especially after Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh indicated in their confirmation hearings they believed Roe v. Wade was established law.

Supreme court roe v wade
Sen. Joe Manchin said he was “alarmed” by the ruling.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

“I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans,” Manchin said.

In Washington, DC, progressive New York Re. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined pro-choice protesters outside the Supreme Court building and called for people to “get into the streets” and march.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland also blasted the decision, saying the Department of Justice as a whole “strongly disagrees” with the move — and vowed to fight it.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams told women seeking abortions in other states that "you are welcome here."
NYC Mayor Eric Adams told women seeking abortions in other states that “you are welcome here.”
Paul Martinka

“This decision deals a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States,” Garland said. “It will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country. And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect — with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means.”

“The Justice Department will use every tool at our disposal to protect reproductive freedom. And we will not waver from this Department’s founding responsibility to protect the civil rights of all Americans,” he added.

NAACP General Counsel Janette McCarthy Wallace called the move an “egregious assault on basic human rights.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said her organization is "thrilled" by the decision.
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said her organization is “thrilled” by the decision.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

“Today’s Supreme Court decision marks a significant regression of our country,” Wallace said in a statement. “As a legal professional, I am horrified by this decision. As a Black woman, I am outraged to my core. The deciding Justices have ignored fundamental civil rights guaranteed by our Constitution and years of judicial precedent to advance a politically partisan agenda.

“There is no denying the fact that this is a direct attack on all women, and Black women stand to be disproportionately impacted by the court’s egregious assault on basic human rights. We must all stand up to have our voices heard in order to protect our nation from the further degradation of civil rights protections we have worked so hard to secure.”

Meanwhile Republicans praised the conservative justices for striking down the ruling. 

“We are thrilled,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias told The Post. “The court has tied our hands for almost 50 years. We were limited in what we could do to protect unborn children, and I think now, we, you know — there are still going to be many battles, but at least we have an opportunity to try.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of back and forth on people in some states,” Tobias added, warning that it could take “quite a while” before the ruling is implemented across the country.

“But we’re just, we’re gonna keep doing what we’ve been doing for almost 50 years, and we will just keep moving forward.

Student’s for Life’s President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement. “The injustice of Roe has finally come to an end.

“The momentum to protect life in law is finally on the side of innocent preborn children and their mothers who deserve our help. Roe v. Wade has been a cancer growing in our Constitution resulting in 63 million plus deaths. Today, the court has cut it out, and that’s a win. Now we get back to building up a healthy society, affirming life for women and their children, born and preborn.”

Staunch conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green said she hopes this is “the beginning of the end to abortion.”

The Georgia Republican posted videos to her Twitter that show her smiling and laughing, declaring in one, “It’s so awesome” and, “I can’t believe they just did it.

“The Supreme Court had the courage, they had the bravery overturning Roe v. Wade, giving it back to the states and hopefully the beginning of the end to abortion,” Greene told an RSB Network reporter.

“I think we know God is real, and I think we know that prayer works.”

Former President Donald Trump also praised the decision, telling Fox News, “This brings everything back to the states where it has always belonged.”

He added that he believes it “is something that will work out for everybody.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence said the move “righted a historic wrong,” advocating for abortion to be blocked in every state.

“By returning the question of abortion to the states and the people, this Supreme Court has righted a historic wrong, and reaffirmed to right of the American people to govern themselves at the state level in a manner consistent with their values and aspirations,” Pence said in a statement.

“Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and support for women in crisis pregnancies to every state Capitol in America,” he continued.

“Having been given this second chance for Life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.Ky.) also called the move “courageous,” labeling it a “historic victory for the Constitution.”

“For 50 years, states have been unable to enact even modest protections for unborn children. More than 90% of Europe restricts abortion on demand after 15 weeks, but every state in America has been forced to allow it more than a month past that, after a baby can feel pain, yawn, stretch, and suck his or her thumb,” McConnell said. “Judicial activists declared that every state had to handle abortion like China and North Korea and no state could handle it like France or Germany.

“Not anymore. Now the American people get their voice back.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a brief statement, ”Life wins.”

In the immediate aftermath of the announcement, Jordan tweeted “God Bless Justice Thomas. God Bless Justice Alito” — referring to Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito who helped lead the majority on the case.

“Every unborn child is precious, extraordinary, and worthy of protection,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) posted. “I applaud this historic ruling, which will save countless innocent lives. The Court is right to return the power to protect the unborn to the people’s elected representatives in Congress and the states.”

Carolyn McDonnell, staff counsel with Americans United for Life, called the Roe decision “radically unsettled” and praised the Supreme Court for returning “the abortion issue to the democratic process.

“We are hopeful that Roe is finally at its end,” McDonnell told The Post. “The case is based on tenuous legal reasoning and a flawed historical analysis. Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey are unworkable, and 49 years of case law shows that the Court cannot settle the abortion issue.

“There is no tenable reason to think that the court will settle the abortion issue in another 10, 20 or 30 years. Centralizing the issue has made the Supreme Court the country’s ‘ex officio medical board’ on abortion, which has been bad for the judicial integrity of the court and the justices.

“The leaked draft only has exacerbated the problem,” McDonnell said. “There is no legal or constitutional justification for a handful of Justices in Washington, DC, to control abortion policy for every state and jurisdiction in the United States.”

Source link