- Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, returning the decision on abortion rights to individual states
- Congressional Democrats vow to "enshrine Roe v. Wade into law"
- Attorney General Garland vows to 'protect reproductive freedom'
- Biden calls for peaceful protests
- Capitol Police assemble in riot gear near the Supreme Court
Update (1312ET) Following Friday's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, which returns the matter of abortion rights to individual states, lawmakers acted about as expected - with Congressional Democrats vowing to legislate Roe into law, and Republicans celebrating the win.
President Biden said on Friday that the 'health and life of women in this nation are now at risk,' and has called for peaceful protests in the wake of the decision.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he "strongly disagrees" with the decision, and said it "will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country," particularly people of color and poor people. "But today’s decision does not eliminate the ability of states to keep abortion legal within their borders. And the Constitution continues to restrict states’ authority to ban reproductive services provided outside their borders," Garland continued.
The DOJ will "work tirelessly to protect and advance reproductive freedom," he said, adding that he supports Congressional efforts to "codify Americans' reproductive rights."
Garland’s DOJ is a TERRIFYING threat to the republic. Are Republican leaders too scared of the politicized DOJ to speak out against what is going on? https://t.co/pqOVZYPEx8— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 24, 2022
AOC did her thing, as expected:
“This is not just about the right to choice. This is about rule of law and democracy — and who is a full person in the eyes of the law,” says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez following the SCOTUS ruling on abortion https://t.co/oEuhQnXlKu pic.twitter.com/ebjH0a5ZKs— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) June 24, 2022
Meanwhile, Capitol Police are assembling for the 'mostly peaceful protests.'
On way to the court pic.twitter.com/XrE9ExAzhm— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 24, 2022
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*BIDEN: I BELIEVE ROE V. WADE AS A CORRECT DECISION
*BIDEN: COURT TOOK AWAY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT FROM AMERICANS
*BIDEN: HEALTH AND LIFE OF WOMEN IN THIS NATION NOW AT RISK
Watch: President Biden delivers remarks on Roe v. Wade
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Watch: House Republicans react to Roe v. Wade
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The Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs. Wade, returning the decision on whether or not abortion is legal to individual states.
"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the Friday decision - the May 2 leak of which led to widespread protests and an attempted murder against Justice Brett Kavanaugh - the court overturned the 1973 case which guaranteed access to abortion nationwide.
Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan unsurprisingly dissented.
The case at issue - Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization challenged a Mississippi law that banned most abortions after 15 weeks. Lower courts, citing a previous ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey preventing states from banning abortion within the first 24 weeks of gestation, had prevented Dobbs from being enacted - which the Supreme Court just reversed.
Clarence Thomas, writing separate in the abortion ruling, says the Supreme Court should now "reconsider" its decisions that found a right to contraception, sex between consenting adult men, and same-sex marriage — and "correct the error" it made in those cases. pic.twitter.com/8SnyCil7v8— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 24, 2022
In response to the ruling, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Congressional Democrats would work to "enshrine Roe v. Wade into law" - while former President Obama said the ruling attacks 'essential freedoms.'
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted that "American women are having their rights taken by 5 unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court."
Today is one of the darkest days our country has ever seen— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 24, 2022
American women are having their rights taken by 5 unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court
These justices—appointed by Republicans and presiding without accountability—have stolen the fundamental right to abortion
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the ruling is "courageous and correct."
Within an hour of the USSC Roe decision, Missouri ended abortion in the state.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Following the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Missouri has just become the first in the country to effectively end abortion with our AG opinion signed moments ago. This is a monumental day for the sanctity of life. pic.twitter.com/Jphy72R4rq— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) June 24, 2022
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said that there would be a "mini revolution" in November's midterm elections if the landmark decision was overturned - insisting that overturning the law would be "ridiculous" and would drive Democrat turnout in November's midterm elections.
"I don’t think the country will stand for it," he said, adding "If in fact the decision comes down the way it does, and these states impose the limitations they’re talking about, it’s going to cause a mini revolution and they’re going to vote these folks out of office."
President Biden on Roe: “I don’t think the country will stand for it. If in fact the decision comes down the way it does, and these states impose the limitations they’re talking about, it’s going to cause a mini revolution and they’re going to vote these folks out of office.” pic.twitter.com/QqSmP72vPb— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) June 9, 2022
Earlier this year, Congressional Democrats tried and failed to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. Meanwhile, Biden said he was exploring the use of executive orders depending on the final Supreme Court decision.
Biden also pushed voters to come out during midterms so that Congressional dems would have enough of a majority to codify abortion rights into law.
"You gotta vote to let people know exactly what the devil you think," he told Kimmel.
As the Post Millennial notes:
Other states have enacted laws that drastically restrict abortion, such as Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and others.
The Centers for Disease control report that there were 629,898 abortions in the United States in 2019, but they rely on voluntary reporting data, and California, Maryland, and New Hampshire did not report their totals. This number is higher than the voluntarily reported 619,591 in 2018, and 612,719 abortions in 2017.
Abortion activists and militants have issued statements that they would be actively and violently protesting the ruling the night the decision drops, calling for a "Night of Rage." The homes of Supreme Court justices have been protested.
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Full text of the decision can be read below:
And now, for protests: