Without Roe v Wade, approximately half of US women will be stripped of their right to choose
‘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.
Mariah Carey says explaining Supreme Court ruling to daughter is ‘unfathomable’
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:
Since the ruling, multiple personalities – including actors, authors, politicians and singers – have condemned the Supreme Court’s decision
What abortion access looks like in every state after the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v Wade
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.
How ‘trigger’ laws and restrictions create a patchwork of reproductive health rights across the US
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.
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.
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.
Jane, a collective that helped women access free and affordable abortions at a time when the procedure was still a crime, is the subject of a new documentary. Clémence Michallon reports
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.
‘Most Americans believe the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘God bless Justice Alito’: Conservatives rejoice as Supreme Court strikes down Roe
While hundreds began making their gathering outside the US Supreme Court to protest its announcement that it would end constitutional protections for abortion care, Conservatives began celebrating the decision that would officially end 50 years of federal protections for the procedure.
“God Bless Justice Thomas. God Bless Justice Alito,” tweeted Ohio Rep Jim Jordan, minutes after the high court released that they’d ruled in favour of a Mississippi law that outlaws abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy while also overturning key precedents established by the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v Wade as well as an affirming decision in 1992’s Planned Parenthood v Casey.
“Life wins,” the Republican politician added, echoing a sentiment picked up by other right-leaning politicians in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, a decision that has affirmed constitutional protections for abortion care up to 23 or 24 weeks of pregnancy.
“Glory to God,” tweeted Colorado Rep Lauren Boebert, who began her message by picking up Mr Jordan’s message of pronouncing, “LIFE WINS,” in all caps.
Johanna Chisholm has more.
Republican politicians like Ted Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert swiftly praised the decision
Roe v Wade overturned isn’t a victory for life – it spells death for women
While former vice president Mike Pence celebrated the ruling with the words “today, life won”, I wonder which lives he’s talking about? It’s certainly not those of women – particularly Black and impoverished women, who’ll be disproportionately affected by the elimination of their legal right to abortion.
Criminalising abortions means criminalising socially and economically disadvantaged women, and putting their lives at risk through unsafe termination procedures. Because this is what happens when abortion is criminalised. It doesn’t prevent women from terminating pregnancies, it just forces them into life-threatening, unsafe abortions with poorly trained or untrained practitioners and little or no aftercare, which can result in septic shock, perforated bladder and/or bowel, severe haemorrhaging, and death.
The World Health Organisation states that “unsafe abortion is a leading – but preventable – cause of maternal deaths and morbidities” that can also lead to “physical and mental health complications and social and financial burdens for women, communities and health systems”. In other words, this isn’t simply a “women’s issue” – it’s a public health issue. It’s a human rights issue.
Katie Edwards has more from her latest column.
Our lives and health are collateral damage. Unnecessary maternal mortality seems to be the order of the day in the US Supreme Court
Women reveal why they’ve never regretted getting their abortions, following Roe v Wade ruling
The decision to overturn the landmark came after Politico shared a draft of the ruling, last May, written by Justice Samuel Alito, who said: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.”
Although Alito said that Roe’s choice to get an abortion was “wrong,” recent studies have shown that women who do get the procedure do not regret it afterwards. In a March 2020 study conducted by Social Science & Medicine, researchers found that within five years after getting an abortion, 95 per cent of people do not regret their choice to do so.
Following Roe v Wade being overturned, BuzzFeed shared a series of conversations with women who have got abortions and how it was a monumental decision that they were ultimately happy with.
Amber Raiken has their stories.
‘It was an easy decision,’ one woman said
Thousands of pro-choice supporters gather in NYC to protest Roe v Wade decision
New Yorkers gathered together in droves on Friday night to protest the US Supreme Court decision to strike down the landmark constitutional protection that had allowed women the rights to abortion for the last 50 years.
After news broke about the ruling on Friday morning, organizers like NYC for Abortion Rights and Planned Parenthood planned for rallies in iconic Manhattan locales like Washington Square Park and Union Square respectively.
In Washington Square Park, the Washington Arch seemed small amongst the throngs of people chanting, “we will rise up” and clutching signs touting phrases such as, “my body, my choice” and “overturn Roe? Hell no!”
The Independent spoke to protesters throughout the park about what compelled them to show up and speak out about Roe being overturned.
Jenna Amatulli is reporting from the scene.
In response to Friday morning’s SCOTUS ruling, Washington Square Park was abuzz with people speaking out against the court: “We will rise up!”