Wednesday, August 17

Biden, Obama, Pence, others react

Immediately after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, current and former lawmakers reacted to the end of Americans’ constitutional right to an abortion. 

The decision had been anticipated since the Supreme Court took the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson this year. A leak of the decision last month showed a 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which was indeed the final outcome. 

The ruling:Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, eliminating constitutional right to abortion

More:Where the abortion fight goes from here: Roe overruled but the battle will continue

Here’s what lawmakers are saying about the decision: 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘People will die because of this decision’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Friday’s ruling will not make abortions go away but will only make abortions more dangerous for people, “especially for the poor and marginalized.” 

Ocasio-Cortez protested alongside hundreds of demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling.

– Katherine Swartz

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to abortion rights supporters in Washington after the Supreme Court's decision Friday.

Sen. Warren: Expand the Supreme Court to protect Roe 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., spoke out against what she called “extremists” that “cultivated far-right judges and spent billions in dark money” toward overturning Roe v. Wade.

In a video, Warren called for Democrats to elect pro-choice candidates who would overturn the filibuster in the Senate, which she called “a relic developed by racist politicians to defend Jim Crow.”

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