Outrage and disappointment swept across the United States following the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the constitutional right to abortion, overturning federal reproductive protections established nearly 50 years ago in the United States. landmark Roe vs. Wade case.
Democrats denounced the opinion as a blow to the rights of millions.
barack obama wrote“Today the Supreme Court has not only overturned nearly 50 years of precedent, it has relegated the most intensely personal decision anyone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues – attacking the essential freedoms of million Americans.”
Abortion rights groups have also pledged to protect reproductive rights despite the ruling.
Nonprofit Planned Parenthood tweeted his disappointment and frustration: “We know you may be feeling a lot of things right now – hurt, anger, confusion. Everything you feel is OK. We are here with you – and we will never stop fighting for you.
He took to Twitter to share a hotline for those trying to access abortion.
Many Republicans celebrated the opinion, with some conservative lawmakers already taking steps to ban abortions in their states.
House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote“Every unborn child is precious, extraordinary and worthy of protection. I salute this historic decision, which will save countless innocent lives. The court is correct in returning the power to protect the unborn child to the people’s elected representatives in Congress and the states.
In Missouri, shortly after the Supreme Court’s announcement, Eric Schmitt, the state’s Republican attorney general, signed an opinion ending statewide abortions.
“Following Scotus [supreme court of the United States] decision overturning Roe v Wade, Missouri just became the first country to effectively end abortion with our AG notice signed moments ago. It is a monumental day for the sanctity of life,” tweeted Schmitt following today’s opinion.
Other conservative states have signaled they will follow suit, with at least 26 states expected to ban abortion immediately or as soon as possible.