By Laurel Duggan and Harold Hutchison
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision Friday, sending the authority to regulate and restrict abortions back to the states.
The majority of justices upheld Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit at stake in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case which directly challenged Roe’s ban on most abortion restrictions before fetal viability. Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic filed a lawsuit against the state’s chief health officer, Thomas Dobbs, alleging the restriction was unconstutional.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the court wrote in its opinion.
Justice Samuel Alito authored the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas.
“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.”
The Roe precedent made abortions legal nationwide until fetal viability, or the point at which a child is able to survive outside the womb, which is generally determined to occur at around 24 weeks’ gestation. States can now restrict abortions at any point in pregnancy.
A draft version of the majority opinion was leaked to Politico and published May 3, revealing that the majority of justices had agreed to overturn Roe in a non-binding vote after oral arguments in December.
Following the release of the draft decision, pro-life organizations and crisis pregancy centers were attacked by pro-abortion activists, with some buildings being firebombed by Molotov cocktails. Pro-abortion protesters also picketed outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices, and a man was arrested for attempting to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
‘Horrifying Decision’: Democrats in shambles after Supreme Court strikes down abortion rights
Democrats and liberals sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Friday.
The ruling authored by Associate Justice Samuel Alito tracked the draft leaked in May, and found the Constitution did not guarantee a right to abortion, returning the power to restrict abortions to the states. The leak prompted protests in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices and attacks on pro-life groups, crisis pregnancy centers and churches.
“The Court’s decision has destroyed nearly fifty years of precedent and will allow the criminalization of the right to this essential healthcare,” Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts said.
Thirteen states stand poised to enforce radical and unjust bans on abortion. The Court’s decision has destroyed nearly fifty years of precedent and will allow the criminalization of the right to this essential healthcare.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) June 24, 2022
“Horrifying decision by the Federalist Society justices actually undoing a constitutional right women have relied on for decades,” Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island tweeted.
Horrifying decision by the Federalist Society justices actually undoing a constitutional right women have relied on for decades.
They prefer state legislatures making these intimate decisions for women. I trust women to make the decisions.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) June 24, 2022
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lambasted the decision during her weekly press conference, on Twitter and a statement.
“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,” she said during her press conference.
“I am furious that right-wing extremists and Republican Senators have warped the Supreme Court into a partisan political body that does not respect decades of precedent or the fundamental freedoms of millions of Americans,” Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington posted on Twitter.
The Supreme Court has now mandated forced pregnancy, taking away an intensely personal freedom for pregnant people to make decisions about our own bodies with a doctor or loved one. Every woman, every family, every pregnant person should fear what this means for their futures.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 24, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted the decision on social media.
“American women are having their rights taken by 5 unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court,” Schumer tweeted. “These justices—appointed by Republicans and presiding without accountability—have stolen the fundamental right to abortion.”
Today is one of the darkest days our country has ever seen
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
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 24, 2022
Republicans celebrated the decision in social media and in statements.
“Our prayers were answers at the Supreme Court today!” Republican Rep. Marjorie Tylor Greene of Georgia posted on Twitter.
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia praised the decision in a statement.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has rightfully returned power to the people and their elected representatives in the states,” he said, noting that he asked state legislators to “find areas we can agree and chart the most successful path forward.”
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8 thoughts on “Democrats in shambles after Supreme Court strikes down abortion rights”
This wouldn’t be an issue if the left didn’t keep pushing the envelope beyond keeping
abortion safe and few… instead the SCoA reviewed the law and decided rightly that
they had no business making laws the states of the REPUBLIC should be making.
Just like all the marxist agenda’s they are never satisfied with what their given.
The Left is insane. LOOK at the Court decison. They UPHELD the Mississippi abortion law, which does NOT BAN ABORTION AT ALL….it just restricts it after 15 weeks….which is four months & four menstrual cycles….to make your decision. EUROPE is widely seen as liberal on abortion…but the FACT is, almost all of EUROPE has the exact same law as EVIL, conservative, republican… MISSISSIPPI!…..Europe allows it up to 15 weeks. Mississippi allows it too up to 15 weeks…and Supreme court AGREED! But Europe is embraced warmly by activists, but MS is not? These people & media are insane. And….I doubt if very many states do BAN it 100%, when push comes to shove… they will be hit HARD with people and companies LEAVING that state if they do that!.. IMO? most states will come to their senses, after severe pressues… and put in a 15 weeek law….those that don’t will suffer greatly from activists…residents and companies leaving…and tthey will have a hard time attracting any new ones. Virginia is talking about a 16 week window, but NOT BANNING totally
Soo…they weren’t in shambles before…looks like the rage machine mobsters are in a perpetual state…its how they roll lol
After the way the democrats/liberals/progressives treated President Trump, his most important legacy is now coming back for serious revenge. The donks are just beginning to get what they so deserve and I LOVE IT!
On March 6, 1857, the SCOTUS ruled (7-2) in Dred Scott v. John Sandford, that slaves were not and could never be citizens of the United States. A slave’s status as the property of someone who was deemed to be a citizen was reaffirmed, and the Missouri Compromise (1820), that declared free all territories west of Missouri and north of latitude 36°30′, was unconstitutional.
It was the advent of a consummate ‘state’s rights’ debate. Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney admitted that African Americans could be citizens of a particular state, and that they might even be able to vote, as they in fact did in some states. But he argued that state citizenship had nothing to do with national citizenship and that African Americans could not sue in federal court because they could not be citizens of the United States.
Ironically, Mississippi, of the antebellum south, is again at the forefront of the state’s rights debate. Can an individual State decide to eliminate the rights of a specific class of human being, whatever the criteria? When Mississippi chose to secede from the federal government, it did so because ‘the institution of slavery (was) the greatest material interest of the world’.
Today, the Mississippi argument has flip-flopped. Mississippi has determined that a fetus 15 weeks of age and older is a U.S. citizen and has the inalienable constitutional rights it tried to prohibit for its slaves in the antebellum south.
In effect, the Pro-Choice crowd maintains that a pregnant woman has those inalienable constitutional rights, but her fetus doesn’t. In effect, the Pro-Choice side maintains that a fetus is the ‘property’ of the woman in which the fetus is living, that the woman can do whatever she chooses in determining the fate of the fetus – much the same way the antebellum south maintained that slaves had no inalienable rights and survived at the discretion of their owners.
The Scotus decision today does not make a determination in this regard. The SCOTUS passed the buck back to the States. And a repeat of the greatest internal American catastrophe in history, the Civil War, is about to play out yet again. Some States, including Vermont, are going to maintain that a fetus has no constitutional rights. Mississippi, and other States, on the other hand, are going to ascribe constitutional rights to a fetus.
So, today, are we going to see a ‘Mississippi Compromise’? In Mississippi, and other Pro-Life States, a fetus will be afforded U.S. Citizenship. In Vermont, and other so-called Pro-Choice States, a fetus will be deemed to be the property of its owner, with no inherent or inalienable rights.
The battlelines are drawn. And, I suspect, the outcome will be similar to the antebellum south before the Civil War, when today’s Confederates (those who determine that a fetus is property with no rights) will fire first on the Pro-Life Union. I can only wonder where the next Fort Sumter will be and when the attack will begin?
Less big Gov’t overreach, giving individual states their power back to decide on abortion rights….sounds like a win/win. I am sad that VT wants unlimited abortions up to birth…
The most saddening part of this whole thing is that we have Joe Benny who is running for lieutenant governor in the state of Vermont as a Republican who has turned his back on Republican values and has supported prop 5
Joe Benning supports the slaughter of The unborn.
What a disgrace calling himself a member of the Republican party
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