Nancy Pelosi held back tears this morning after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and finally allowed states to protect babies from abortion.
Pelosi then slammed the decision, calling it “radical” and “extremist.”
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“The Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. They cannot be allowed to have a majority in Congress to do that,” Pelosi said at a press conference, appearing to hold back tears. “One of the justices had his own statement. It’s about contraception, in vitro fertilization, family planning. That is all what will spring from their decision that they made today.”
She added: “Reproductive freedom is on the ballot in November. We cannot allow them to take charge so that they can institute their goal, which is to criminalize reproductive freedom. To criminalize. Right now they’re saying in states that they can arrest doctors and all the rest.”
“What is happening here? What is happening here? A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own to make in consultation with her doctor, her faith, her family, not some right-wing politicians that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell pack the court with. While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade as the law of the land,” Pelosi continued.
Leading pro-life groups applauded the decision.
“This is a great day for preborn children and their mothers. The Court has correctly decided that a right to abortion is not in the constitution, thereby allowing the people, through their elected representatives, to have a voice in this very important decision,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC).
She said the decision was due to the justices who chose the Constitution over political pressure and who rightly concluded that there was nothing in the Constitution that would prevent the people’s elected representatives in the states from protecting the lives of unborn children. National Right to Life is deeply grateful for the work of millions of pro-life citizens—the 3,000 chapters and 51 affiliates of National Right to Life who have carried the pro-life message into every nook, cranny and corner of America for decades.
The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.”
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.’”
Justices ruled to uphold Dobbs, which limits abortion to 15-weeks in Mississippi, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and returning abortion law to the states.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.