Abortion rights demonstrators hold signs outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., United States on June 24, 2022.

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.
The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion.
Over a dozen states have laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. 

The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation’s highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.

Immediately after Friday’s ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. 

Over a dozen states have “trigger laws” meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. 

Biden says Americans can have ‘the final word’ after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadePresident Joe Biden

President Joe Biden said Friday was a “sad day” for the nation after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and vowed his administration would do everything it can to protect women.

“With this decision, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court shows how extreme it is, how far removed they are from the majority of the country,” Biden said during an address to the nation. 

He continued: “But this decision must not be the final word,” urging Americans to vote.

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Getting an abortion is going to get a lot more expensive for many AmericansParticipants hold signs during the Women’s March at the US Supreme Court.

Experts told Insider that the cost of getting an abortion is all but guaranteed to rise after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade. 

Many who live in states where abortion will become mostly, or entirely, illegal will have to face travel costs if they want a procedure in a different state where it is legal. 

Wage loss for taking time off to get a procedure is another issue. 

“You might be salaried and I might be salaried, and you can take time off,” said Anna Rupani, executive director of Fund Texas Choice (FTC), a nonprofit organization that pays for low-income Texans’ associated abortion costs. “A lot of our clients are living paycheck to paycheck, they’re not in salaried positions… they’re experiencing wage loss.”

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Pelosi warns ‘Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that congressional Republicans want to pass a federal abortion ban into law after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Be aware of this: the Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban,” Pelosi said during her weekly press briefing. “They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that. But that’s their goal.”

She continued: “What this means to women is such an insult. It’s a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make decisions about their reproductive freedom.”

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Trump reportedly believes overturning Roe v. Wade is ‘bad for Republicans’Trump stands with now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the White House after she was sworn in on October 26, 2020.

Former President Donald Trump praised the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday.

“This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago,” he told Fox News.

Privately, Trump has said that overturning Roe would be “bad for Republicans,” according to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Michael C. Bender.

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Lead plaintiff in case that made same-sex marriage legal slams Justice Thomas’ call for case to be reconsidered

The lead plaintiff in the case that made same-sex marriage legal slammed Justice Clarence Thomas’ call for the case to be reconsidered.

Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect same-sex marriage, in the wake of Friday’s decision to overturn nationwide access to abortions.

“The millions of loving couples who have the right to marriage equality to form their own families do not need Clarence Thomas imposing his individual twisted morality upon them. If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror,” Jim Obergefell said in a statement obtained by HuffPost.

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Michelle Obama said she is ‘heartbroken’ after the Supreme Court’s decisionFormer first lady Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is “heartbroken” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

She said before Roe was established, women “risked their lives getting illegal abortions.”

“That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again,” Obama wrote in her statement. 

“So yes, I am heartbroken — for the teenage girl full of zest and promise, who won’t be able to finish school or live the life she wants because her state controls her reproductive decisions,” she added.

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AG Merrick Garland said the Supreme Court dealt ‘a devastating blow’ to abortion rights

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Supreme Court dealt a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States” by eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion.

Garland said in a statement that the Justice Department disagreed with the decision and predicted that it “will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country.”

“And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect – with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means,” he added.

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Senate announces hearing ‘to explore the grim reality of a post-Roe America’

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced a hearing to explore the “grim reality” of life in the US in the aftermath of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.

“Today’s decision eliminates a federally protected constitutional right that has been the law for nearly half a century,” said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in a statement.

He continued: “As a result, millions of Americans are waking up in a country where they have fewer rights than their parents and grandparents.”

The hearing is set for July 12, a day after the Senate returns from a two-week July 4 recess.

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Biden to deliver remarks on Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at 12:30 p.m. local time on Friday about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The White House told reporters that he plans to speak about “the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

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Various politicians react to Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe

Current and former politicians from both sides of the aisle are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the decision is “a long overdue constitutional correction allowing for elected officials in the states to decide issues of life.” 

Roe was “constitutionally unsound from its inception,” he said. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Friday “one of the darkest days our country has ever seen.” 

“Millions upon millions of American women are having their rights taken from them by five unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court,” he said in a statement shared with Insider.  

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Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats are using the Supreme Court decision as a fundraising opportunity for the 2022 midtermsUS Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks in front of the steps to the House of Representatives with congressional members to speak on the Roe v. Wade issue May 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats are using the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a fundraising opportunity ahead of the fall midterms. 

“Can you chip in $15 so we can WIN these midterms and finally codify reproductive rights into law?” Pelosi wrote supporters.

“Our ONLY option is to marshal a response so historic — 100,000 gifts before midnight — that we DEFEAT every anti-choice Republican that made this happen, EXPAND our Majorities, and FINALLY codify our reproductive rights into law. So, can I expect to see your name on my “Pro-Choice Champion” list tomorrow morning?”

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Planned Parenthood president slams Supreme Court decisionAlexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, addresses abortion-rights supporters at the “Bans Off Our Bodies Abortion Rally” at Los Angeles City Hall, Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson said the Supreme Court gave politicians “permission to control what we do with our bodies” after the Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

“Due to centuries of racism and systemic discrimination, we already know who will feel the consequences of this horrific decision most acutely: Black, Latino and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, those living in rural areas, young people, immigrants and those having difficulties making ends meet,” she said. 

“All of our freedoms are on the line,” she added. 

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DC police are fully activated in response to protests from the Supreme Court decisionPro-choice signs hang on a police barricade at the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2022.

The Washington, D.C. Police Department has been fully activated after protests broke out over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The Metropolitan Police Department said in an alert that it would “be fully activated to support expected First Amendment demonstrations,” and added that “all members should be prepared to work extended tours as necessary” through Tuesday, June 28. 

A heavy police presence could be seen outside the Supreme Court Friday morning.

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Barack Obama says overturning Roe v. Wade is an attack on ‘essential freedoms of millions of Americans’

Former president Barack Obama slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and urged people to vote and “join with the activists who’ve been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years.”

“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues — attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” he wrote on Twitter. 

He continued: “Join with the activists who’ve been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years — and act. Stand with them at a local protest. Volunteer with one of their organizations. Knock on doors for a candidate you believe in. Vote on or before November 8 and in every other election. Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we’ve got to elect officials committed to doing the same.”

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Stoking fears of violence, Marjorie Taylor Greene credits Trump for the end of Roe

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene praised former President Donald Trump and demonized Democrats in her live reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Thank you President Trump,” Greene said to a pro-Trump YouTube channel. “God bless you. This got overturned today because of your great work as president, and we want him back.”

“I do fear for the safety of people here in D.C.,” she said, speculating without citing any evidence that Democrats will riot. 

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Hillary Clinton says decision to overturn Roe will ‘live in infamy’ and is a ‘step backward’ for women’s rightsExecutive Producer Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage during “Below The Belt” New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on May 24, 2022 in New York City.

Hillary Clinton said Friday’s Supreme Court ruling is a “step backward” for women’s rights.

“Most Americans believe the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors,” she tweeted after the decision. 

She continued: “Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights.”

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Friday’s decision could undo much of women’s economic progress since the 1970sAbortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Friday’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will have enormous consequences for women’s economic progress.

Experts told Insider before the ruling that research points to the fact that abortion legalization has greatly contributed to women’s progress in many ways, like reducing rates of teen motherhood and maternal mortality, increasing rates of workforce participation, earnings, and educational attainment.

“This is going to create just a perfect storm of concentrated human misery,” said Kimberly Kelly, a sociology professor focused on abortion politics at a Mississippi college, before Friday’s decision, adding that overturning Roe means “abortion is going to become a function of class privilege.”

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Supreme Court’s liberal justices warn more rights are at stake with the end of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s three liberal justices warned in a dissent that other rights could be on the line after Friday’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

“Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens,” read the dissenting opinion authored by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

“No one should be confident that this majority is done with its work,” they wrote. “The right Roe and Casey recognized does not stand alone.”

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Chief Justice John Roberts says Supreme Court went too far in taking ‘the dramatic step’ of overturning Roe v. WadeChief Justice John Roberts.

Chief Justice John Roberts said he felt the Supreme Court’s five other conservatives went too far in their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“The Court’s decision to overrule Roe and Casey is a serious jolt to the legal system — regardless of how you view those cases,” Roberts wrote in his concurring opinion that was released on Friday along with the majority opinion.

He continued: “A narrower decision rejecting the misguided viability line would be markedly less unsettling, and nothing more is needed to decide this case.”

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Pence says the overturning of Roe v. Wade has ‘righted a historic wrong’

Former Vice President Mike Pence said the Supreme Court “righted a historic wrong” when it undid nearly 50 years of abortion rights nationwide on Friday.

“Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and support for women in crisis pregnancies to every state Capitol in America,” Pence said in the statement, in one of the first reactions from a politician. 

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Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception and same-sex marriageJustice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage, in a concurring opinion with the ruling to overturn the precedent set in Roe v. Wade.

“For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” the conservative justice wrote. 

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Supreme Court overturns 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion.

The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization threw out the decades-old ruling by siding with Mississippi and other states that had passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.

“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 Friday ruling said.

 

The ruling now leaves the legality of abortion up to state legislatures. Over a dozen states have “trigger laws” meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe.

A leaked draft majority opinion obtained by Politico last month seemed to show the court was set to overturn Roe — immediately galvanizing nationwide protests along with condemnation by Democratic lawmakers.

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