The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1972 Roe v. Wade and 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions, which had protected a woman’s right to an abortion, sparked immediate outrage from prominent Democrats who called the decision an assault on women’s rights, while leading Republicans praised the court for referring the abortion issue to state legislatures, many of which have already banned the procedure.
“Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court achieved the dark and extreme GOP goal of denying women the right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday.
Ms Pelosi also called the decision “scandalous and heartbreaking” and warned that “radical Republicans” would now be “[charge] forward with their crusade to criminalize health freedom” beginning with a nationwide ban on abortion currently supported by a majority of GOP members, and noted that “GOP extremists” have also threatened to prohibit contraception, in vitro fertilization and other medical procedures.
“A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own, in consultation with her doctor and loved ones, and not dictated by far-right politicians. As Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will continue to fight fiercely to list Roe v. Wade in law,” she added.
The top Senate Democrat, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, said today’s decision made “one of the darkest days our country has ever seen” with “millions and millions of American women.” .. had their rights stripped by five unelected judges over the extremist MAGA search”.
“These judges, appointed by Republicans and sitting without any accountability, robbed a fundamental right to abortion from American women in this country. These judges were intentionally appointed by Republicans to overturn Roe v. Wade and every Republican senator knew that that would happen if he voted to confirm these radical justices,” said Schumer, who added that the “MAGA Republicans” who voted to confirm Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett were “all complicit in today’s decision and all its consequences for the women and families of this country”.
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