Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped into the Supreme Court ruling Friday overturning a constitutional right to abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, calling it “radical” and “extremist.”
“The Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. They cannot be allowed to have a majority in Congress to do that,” Pelosi said at a press conference, appearing to hold back tears. “One of the justices had his own statement. It’s about contraception, in vitro fertilization, family planning. That is all what will spring from their decision that they made today.” (RELATED: Pelosi Dodges Question On Pregnancy Center Attacks By Claiming She’s ‘A Very Catholic Person’)
A six-justice majority overturned Roe v. Wade, 50 years after the Court first found a constitutional right to abortion. Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” Pelosi’s comments were an apparent reference to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurrence, in which he suggested that the Supreme Court should also overturn cases finding constitutional rights to contraception and same-sex marriage.
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“Reproductive freedom is on the ballot in November. We cannot allow them to take charge so that they can institute their goal, which is to criminalize reproductive freedom. To criminalize. Right now they’re saying in states that they can arrest doctors and all the rest.”
“What is happening here? What is happening here? A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own to make in consultation with her doctor, her faith, her family, not some right-wing politicians that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell pack the court with. While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade as the law of the land,” Pelosi continued.
The House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act in September 2021, which would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth and eliminate conscience protections for doctors and nurses. The Senate declined to take up the legislation.