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Roe v Wade overturned – latest: Biden blames Trump as Democrats slammed over ‘useless’ Supreme Court abortion protest


‘A crime’ Senate has not codified Roe v Wade, says congresswoman

Roe v Wade has been overturned by the US Supreme Court. Joe Biden addressed the nation hours after the ruling, telling Americans to vote in lawmakers who will codify Roe v Wade into law and calling for peaceful protests.

He said it was a “sad day” for the country and the court, which he said took an unprecedented step of stripping Americans of their rights. The president also blamed former president Donald Trump for nominating justices willing to undermine established precedent.

The decision prompted protests and condemnations across the nation. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters outside the Supreme Court shortly after the decision was announced. A group of House Democrats took to the Capitol stairs to sing “God Bless America” and were promptly slammed on social media for being “f****** useless.”

The end of Roe came by way of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation.

The opinion, which had the backing of all of the court’s conservative justices has been met with widespread outrage, not least since the three conservatives appointed by Donald Trump claimed during their confirmation hearings that they would recognise Roe as precedent rather than overturning it.


Republicans will ‘go after’ birth control and gay rights next, says Ohio congressman

The Democratic congressman running in one of the most significant races of the 2022 election cycle has warned Republicans will “go after” birth control and gay rights next.

Tim Ryan, a centrist from Ohio running to replace retiring Republican Sen Rob Portman, was speaking after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on Friday.

“They want to go after birth control next, they want to go after same-sex marriage next… this is insanity and it has to stop,” Mr Ryan said.

Ohio congressman says Republicans will ‘go after’ birth control and gay rights next

The Democratic congressman running in one of the most significant races of the 2022 election cycle has warned Republicans will “go after” birth control and gay rights next.Tim Ryan, a centrist from Ohio running to replace retiring Republican Sen Rob Portman, was speaking after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on Friday (24 June).“They want to go after birth control next, they want to go after same-sex marriage next… this is insanity and it has to stop,” Mr Ryan said.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Stuti Mishra25 June 2022 10:00


Josh Hawley congratulates his wife for her work on Dobbs case overturning Roe

Senator Josh Hawley had two reasons to celebrate Dobbs v Jackson: the first is that as an ardent opponent of abortion, the Supreme Court decision overturned Roe v Wade. The second reason is that his wife worked on the Supreme Court decision.

Mr Hawley spoke to reporters on a press call after the Supreme Court decision and spoke about how his wife Erin Morrow Hawley had worked on the Dobbs v Jackson case.

“She litigated this case, wrote the brief of this case along with the solicitor general of Mississippi and so she has litigated this with Mississippi since the court granted cert on it, a year ago now,” he told reporters.

Mr Hawley met his future wife when they clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Like the Senator and former attorney general of Missouri, she is also a graduate of Yale Law School. Ms Hawley works as the senior legal counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a socially conservative organisation.

Eric Garcia has more the story.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 09:30


Democrats hope to harness outrage and sadness after Roe v Wade ruling

Victoria Lowe, a 37-year-old lawyer working outside a cafe in suburban Bucks County, Pennsylvania, said she couldn’t believe the Supreme Court stripped away the constitutional right to abortion that women have had her entire life. She started to cry.“I don’t understand how they could reach this conclusion,” she said.

In the immediate aftermath of one of the Supreme Court’s most consequential rulings, it was too soon to know how deeply the political landscape had shifted.

But in this politically competitive corner of one of the most important swing states in the US, embattled Democrats hope to harness the emotion from women like Ms Lowe to reset what has been an otherwise brutal election year environment.

Stuti Mishra25 June 2022 09:00


After abortion ruling, critics renew blasts at Sen. Collins

Sen. Susan Collins was blasted Friday for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as opponents targeted her votes to confirm two justices to the Supreme Court who were in the majority opinion allowing states to ban abortion.

Critics of the Maine senator haven’t forgotten the key role she played in confirming Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and she was ripped anew on social media.

Some opponents took to name-calling and attacked Collins for being naive or complicit. Others called for her resignation. University of Maine professor Amy Fried said Collins “helped make this happen,” and the Maine Democratic Party said part of the blame lies at Collins’ feet.

Collins was considered a crucial vote on Kavanaugh. She waited months before announcing her decision in a 45-minute floor speech. Shortly after her speech ended, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced he, too, was voting for Kavanaugh.

More on the criticisms below.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 08:30


Mariah Carey says explaining Supreme Court ruling to daughter is ‘unfathomable’

Actor and singer Mariah Carey joined a long list of celebrities to speak out against the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v Wade on Friday.

Expressing “disappointment” over having to try to explain the US Supreme Court’s decision to her young daughter, the “All I Want for Christmas is You” singer tweeted the decision is “unfathomable”.

“It is truly unfathomable and disheartening to have to try to explain to my 11-year-old daughter why we live in a world where women’s rights are disintegrating in front of our eyes.”

Our culture reporter Maanya Sachdeva has more details here:

Stuti Mishra25 June 2022 08:00


What abortion access looks like in every state after the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v Wade

The US Supreme Court has overturned key rulings enshrining abortion rights across the country, leaving states to determine whether to ban the procedure and force women to carry pregnancies to term.

Without protections under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v Wade, roughly half of US states will move to immediately or quickly outlaw abortion, including 13 states with so-called “trigger” bans in place – laws designed to take effect without Roe.

In the hours after the Supreme Court’s decision on 24 June, state officials declared that those laws became active in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri and South Dakota. Others are expected to take effect within 30 days of the decision. Most do not include exceptions for rape and incest.

Nine states have laws in place that banned abortions before the Roe ruling but have never been removed from the books.

Alex Woodward breaks it down.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 07:30


Abortion advocates slam headline encouraging people to make ‘viral’ protest signs after Roe overturned

The Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling that legalised abortion in the United States nearly 50 years ago. Now, a headline calling on readers to design a “viral protest sign” has circulated online, and critics are calling out the publication for minimising the overturning of Roe v Wade.

On 5 May, American business magazine Fast Company published an article titled “Furious about the fall of Roe v Wade? Here’s how to design a protest sign that goes viral” after the Supreme Court’s initial draft opinion was leaked last month. The article provided a list of instructions for readers on how to design a protest poster that goes “viral”, such as choosing a bold sign color or thinking about how the design “will live on social media.”

However, now that SCOTUS has officially ended constitutional protections for abortion, the internet is expressing outrage over the headline for being tone-deaf, after millions of Americans could potentially lose access to abortion.

It all began when Slate writer Christina Cauterucci shared a screenshot of the Fast Company article with the caption, “We are absolutely doomed.” Her tweet received more than 40,000 likes and nearly 4,000 retweets from Twitter users echoing a similar sentiment: that social media and content culture has gone too far.

Meredith Clark with the full report.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 06:30


Can Roe v Wade be reinstated after being overturned by Supreme Court?

When five US Supreme Court justices voted to overturn Roe v Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion after 50 years, it has led many to ask if the landmark ruling could one day just be reinstated.

The answer is yes, technically, but the path would be difficult.

The first way is for there to be a liberal majority on the Supreme Court that could reinstate constitutional protections for abortion rights. But in order to reach that majority Democrats in Congress would need to confirm enough liberal justices on the conservative majority bench, which voted in a bloc to throw out Roe by a vote of 5-1-3.

It took Republicans five decades to line up the exact scenario required to achieve their goal of overturning Roe.

Graeme Massie has this one.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 05:30


The Janes: How a secret network provided thousands of abortions in pre-Roe v Wade America

When Dorie Barron was asked whether she wanted a Cadillac, a Chevrolet, or a Rolls Royce, she was not trying to buy a car. She was a woman in 1960s Chicago trying to get an abortion at a time when the procedure was still a crime in Illinois. Barron was on the phone; on the other side of the line was the Mob, one of the purveyors of illegal abortions.

“The Chevy was the cheapest, $500,” Barron explains in The Janes, a new HBO documentary about a network of women who provided safe, affordable, and illegal abortions in Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. “A Cadillac was something like $750, and if you wanted the Rolls Royce–we’re talking about the 1960s here–that was $1,000. That’s what the Mob charged for an abortion.” (Adjusted for inflation, these amounts would respectively total around $4,000, $6,000, and $9,000 nowadays.)

Barron asked for a Chevrolet. The procedure, as she recounts it, was petrifying, hostile, and dangerous. It took place at a motel. The four people there spoke three sentences to her in total: “Where’s the money?”, “Lie back and do as I tell you”, and “Get in the bathroom.” Barron was left bleeding next to another woman who had also needed and received an abortion. “If I had stayed in that room, I’d be dead,” Barron says in The Janes. She and the other woman got up once they were able to do so and went their separate ways.

Barron’s story is the first one told in The Janes, and one that highlights why the group was so desperately needed. The standalone documentary, lasting an hour and 40 minutes, recounts how a group of women, at immense personal risk, decided to help other people access abortions at a time when seeking the procedure could result in serious illness, injuries, blackmail, sexual abuse, or death. The Janes tells a story of activism and solidarity. It addresses the historical context that made the Jane network necessary, while also stripping down the group’s raison d’être to a timeless cause: making it possible for women to access healthcare without fearing for their safety.

Clémence Michallon has more.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 04:30


Hillary Clinton condemns Roe v Wade ruling as ‘step backward’ for women’s rights

On Friday, shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling eliminated the constitutional right to get an abortion in the United States, the former secretary of state shared a statement.

“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 wrote.

“Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights,” she concluded.

Read Amber Raiken’s full story.

Josh Marcus25 June 2022 03:30


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