Reactions to the US Supreme Court’s decision to set aside Roe v. Wade Abortion A Landmark

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – Public figures from across the political spectrum responded to Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court by overturning the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade’s decision which recognized and legalized a woman’s constitutional right to abortion throughout the country. Read more

President Joe Biden in a live announcement:

“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has expressly robbed the American people of a constitutional right already recognized.”

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“This is a sad day for the country in my view. But this does not mean the fighting is over. Let me be very clear and unequivocal: the only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose the balance that exists is for Congress to restore Roe v. Wade’s protections as federal law “.

“Voters must make their voices heard. This fall (they should) elect more senators and representatives who will establish women’s right to choose in federal law again.”

“I have been warned about how this decision threatens everyone’s broader right to privacy…the right to make the best decisions for your health. The right to use contraception, for a couple in their own bedroom.”

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres

“Sexual and reproductive health and rights are the foundation of a chosen life, empowerment and equality for the women and girls of the world… Restricting access to abortion does not prevent people from seeking abortion, but rather makes it more deadly.”

House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, said in a statement:

“This harsh ruling is outrageous and painful. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans to vote next November.”

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement:

“This is a historic victory for the constitution and for the weakest in our society.”

(Resolution) “Brave and true.”

Planned family:

“Scotos may have just ended our constitutional right to abortion, but know this: Abortion is health care, and you deserve to be in control of your body and your future, no matter what. That hasn’t changed. We can’t and won’t hold back now.”

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to Reuters:

“I am very disappointed, because women’s rights must be protected. I would have expected America to protect such rights.”

Former Republican President Donald Trump:

“This follows the Constitution, and restores rights when they should have been given long ago…this restores everything to the states to which it has always belonged.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence in a statement:

“Today, life has won. Roe v. Wade has been set aside, the Supreme Court of the United States has given the American people a new beginning in life, and I commend the justices in the majority for their courage in their convictions.”

Former Democratic President Barack Obama:

“Today, the Supreme Court has not only invalidated nearly 50 years of its precedent, but has thrown the most intense personal decision anyone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues — attacking the fundamental liberties of millions of Americans.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“Most Americans believe that the decision to have children is one of the most sacred decisions, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors. Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in disrepair as a step backwards for women’s rights and human rights.”

French President Emmanuel Macron, on Twitter:

“Abortion is a fundamental right of all women. We must protect it. I would like to express my solidarity with all the women who are endangered today by the US Supreme Court.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter:

“The news from the United States is horrific. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now preparing to lose their legal right to abortion… No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference:

“I think it’s a huge step back…I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose and hold that view and that’s why the UK has the laws that apply to them.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, in a statement:

“I will continue to fight for women’s right to make their own reproductive decisions to be enshrined in law. We cannot allow our children to inherit a nation less free and more dangerous than the one in which their parents grew up.”

Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scales, and Elise Stefanik, the top three Republicans in the US House, in a joint statement:

“We applaud this historic ruling, which will save countless innocent lives. The Supreme Court is right to return the authority to protect fetuses to the people’s elected representatives in Congress and the States.”

Mini Tamarjo, President of NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA:

“The impact on the real lives of real people would be devastating… Although we mourn the end of the constitutional right to abortion in our country and what it would mean for all those who need access to care, this struggle is far from over.”

Benny Young Nance, CEO and President of the Anti-Abortion Group for Women in America:

“We feel empowered to go on a state-by-state basis and fight for what we believe in. Before that we couldn’t even have a conversation in the state legislatures…sure the federal government has a role to play but that continues to be around the states.”

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Additional reporting by David Morgan, Timothy Ahman, David Morgan, Doina Chiaco, Chris Gallagher, Rose Horwich and Susan Heffy in Washington, Ismael Shakeel in Ottawa, Aynat Mercy and Andrew McCaskill in Kigali; Written by Chris Gallagher; Edited by Howard Goller

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