Post-Roe America, Day One- POLITICO

With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross

Moments after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the fallout was swift. Thousands of Americans took to the streets protesting the decision, patients waiting in lobbies to get abortions were turned away, and politicians in both red and blue states worked to shore up abortion access or work on laws to ban or restrict it.

On the right, conservatives celebrated the triumph of a five-decade campaign — while recognizing that they now have to defend a position directly at odds with popular opinion. “Overturning Roe does not guarantee justice for the unborn: Pro-lifers know the work must continue,” National Review writes in an editorial titled, “A Stain Erased.” “What the Court has done is give pro-lifers the chance to make their case and prevail in democratic fora.”

IMMEDIATE IMPACT — First things first, we’re going to see a patchwork of abortion access across the country, “two Americas,” as advocates have warned for years. Four states banned or mostly banned abortion immediately: Missouri, Kentucky, South Dakota and Louisiana. Other red states are set to follow suit in the coming weeks.

— Our Megan Messerly and Lisa Kashinsky write: “Red state governors and attorneys general moved swiftly to ban access to the procedure and announced special legislative sessions to restrict abortion … Their blue state counterparts quickly issued executive orders and announced new policies to protect abortion and prevent abortion-rights opponents from prosecuting providers and patients for pregnancies terminated legally in their state’s borders.”

Three key sections of their story: Bans in some red states may take time … An uncertain future in purple states … Blue states move to become havens. Related: Abortion laws by state: Where abortions are illegal after Roe v. Wade overturned

Three stories to read on abortion patients caught in the “chaos” after the ruling who were turned away from what just minutes before was a constitutional right: 

“Patients sat in abortion clinic waiting rooms as Roe fell. They all had to be turned away,” by The 19th’s Chabeli Carrazana

“‘We’re done’: Chaos and tears as an abortion clinic abruptly shuts down,” by WaPo’s Caroline Kitchener

“Photos: Reactions as North Dakota’s sole abortion provider prepares to shutter,” by Myah Ward

LOOKING TO THE WHITE HOUSE — President JOE BIDEN derided the court in a speech just hours after the ruling. CNN’s Phil Mattingly, Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins detail what happened as the news made it to the West Wing.

Biden has promised executive orders on abortion, but for the time being, ensuring women are able to obtain abortions by crossing state lines and expanding access to the abortion pill are the biggest aspects of the policy response.

— There’s also likely to be increasing pressure on Biden, who has “long prided himself as an institutionalist loath to challenge the validity of the court,” to take a “blowtorch” to the highest court in the land, our colleague Christopher Cadelago reports.

“Despite the sharp rhetoric, Biden advisers don’t anticipate that he’ll use the court itself as a battering ram in the coming midterms. … But calls are growing from outside the White House to turn the midterms into a referendum on the court itself and to do so by attacking the institution and its conservative justices as political players whose power needs to be curtailed by growing Democratic majorities in Congress,” he writes. Related: “Harris leans into abortion fight”

GOP PRIVATELY FRETS — Conservatives got what they wanted but, “behind the scenes, they just didn’t want it to come right now — not during a midterm election campaign in which nearly everything had been going right for the GOP,” David Siders writes in a must-read this morning.

— Key graf: “[E]ven if Roe alone is not sufficient to remake the midterms in Democrats’ favor, [they could wed] Roe with the court’s decision the previous day on gun control, among other issues, to depict the post-Donald Trump GOP as one still animated by extremes. On Friday, the court provided fodder for that line of attack, when Justice CLARENCE THOMAS, in a concurring opinion, argued the court ‘should reconsider’ protections for contraception access and same-sex marriage.”

Related reads: “The Man Most Responsible for Ending Roe Worries That It Could Hurt His Party,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman and Michael Bender … “Trump publicly praises Roe’s repeal — but privately frets about impact,” by WaPo’s Josh Dawsey

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STATE SHOWDOWNWhile both Biden and Democratic lawmakers have promised to do what they can to blunt the impacts of the Supreme Court decision, their options are limited given the makeup of the current Congress. In statement after statement Friday, Democrats implored voters to elect more Democrats to Congress so they can enshrine abortion rights into law.

But, the major action will likely play out in the states. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee arguably just became the most important party committee on the left. In a breaking news version of the Playbook video series “The Midterm View,” shot Friday in front of the Supreme Court, JESSICA POST, the president of the organization, talked about how the ruling has affected their strategy and the failure of national Democrats to focus on state elections for years.