Reactions poured in from national organizations and celebrities following the Supreme Court’s decision to end the 49-year constitutional protections for abortion on Friday.
Here’s what organizations are saying:
Planned Parenthood Texas
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court erased nearly 50 years of history and its responsibility to uphold legal precedent. This deplorable ruling by the Court’s conservative majority strips Americans of their constitutional rights and further erodes abortion access in Texas. This dangerous outcome opens the floodgates for more states across the country to ban abortion.
“Texans know all too well the reality of living in a post-Roe world. For more than nine months under S.B 8, Texans have been denied access to abortion in their own state and have been forced to continue a pregnancy, seek abortion outside the health care system, or travel hundreds or even thousands of miles if they can secure the funds, time off from work, child care, and transportation needed to access abortion out of state. Providers have been forced to turn away patients. It’s heartbreaking and completely preventable.
“Forcing someone to continue a pregnancy against their will is a grave violation of human rights and dignity. All Americans deserve to live under a rule of law that respects their bodily autonomy and reproductive decisions. Let’s be clear: today’s ruling and its unraveling of Roe v. Wade will not end the need for abortion. This decision will have damaging effects for generations. And we know the impacts of this decision will fall hardest on the communities who already face discriminatory obstacles to health care—particularly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, young people, LGBTQ+ people, undocumented people, and those having difficulty making ends meet.
“The fate of Roe is not the fate of Planned Parenthood. Today our doors are open and they will remain open to serve Texans who need access to essential reproductive health care. Our priority will remain restoring and expanding access to that care, including abortion, for all Texans.”
World Health Organization
Safe abortion care is essential to protect the health of women & girls everywhere.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) June 24, 2022
Removing access to #abortion care will put more women & girls at risk of illegal abortions and the consequent safety issues that would bring https://t.co/tbsMFGQAn4 pic.twitter.com/CIFOY09g6d
Evidence shows that restricting access to #abortion does not reduce the number of abortions that occur.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) June 24, 2022
Restrictions are, however, more likely to drive women and girls towards unsafe procedures https://t.co/tbsMFGQAn4 pic.twitter.com/wxLJDv0IRy
Women's rights are human rights.— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) June 24, 2022
America First Policy Institute
“Today’s historic Supreme Court decision does not mark the end of the near half-century fight for life; it correctly returns this issue to the people’s elected representatives in each of the states. The hopes of future generations now rest within the purview of lawmakers, who will decide whether America will continue spiraling down the Left’s extreme path of taxpayer-funded, on-demand abortion up until the moment of birth or a path of compassion, support, and care for both the lives involved in this difficult issue — the mother and the baby — and fulfilling the Founders’ vision of a country that cherishes everyone’s inalienable right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It should also be noted that this historic day for democracy, nearly 50 years in the making, would not have been possible without the leadership and commitment to life of President Donald J. Trump. Thank you, Mr. President!”
Republican National Committee
“Life wins! Millions of Americans are celebrating today’s ruling and a pro-life movement that has worked tirelessly for decades. For a half century unelected judges have dictated America’s abortion laws. This historic ruling rightfully returns power to the American people to enact laws that protect unborn children and support mothers everywhere. As this debate now returns to the states and the American people, we know there is still much work ahead. Republicans will continue to advocate for life, uphold the law, and stand against an extreme Democrat Party’s pro-abortion agenda.”
When We All Vote
“My heart breaks for everyone impacted by the events of just the last few weeks. Right now, Americans are fighting for their basic right to live freely in this country. Our children were attacked in their elementary school classrooms, the Black community was attacked at the grocery store and now the Supreme Court has become a catalyst in the attack on a woman’s right to make decisions about her own healthcare. With today’s decision, the Court has allowed states to ban abortion, taking away millions of people’s right to make decisions about their bodies and their healthcare.”
“With the many strides we’ve made as a nation, it feels unfathomable that we are still arguing about whether we have the right to sovereignty over our own bodies. None of this is by accident – it’s the result of decisions made by policymakers at every level of government rooted in white supremacy.”
“When you’re ready, join us as we demand that our elected officials respect our bodies and our choices. We ask that they stand up to protect Americans’ right to make their own decisions about their bodies and live safely in their communities. Enough is enough.”
Central Conference of American Rabbis
The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns, in the strongest terms, the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and deplores the reversal of the precedent set a half-century ago in Roe v. Wade. Roe guaranteed a right to reproductive health care, enabling tens of millions of pregnant people to terminate pregnancies that threatened their wellbeing. Now we face a terrifying future: hundreds of millions of Americans, in about half of the fifty states, will lack access to safe and legal abortion care.
The CCAR proudly participated in an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of Jackson Women’s Health Organization and of reproductive freedom.
Abortion access is part of comprehensive healthcare. Overturning Roe v. Wade will not stop abortions. What it will do is increase the occurrence of illegal, dangerous abortions, thereby causing unnecessary death and suffering. We know that low-income women and all gender non-conforming individuals who can become pregnant will suffer the greatest burden of state abortion bans triggered by a reversal of Roe v. Wade. This ruling will harm not only countless individuals, but also their families and communities.
This decision violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right to free exercise of religion for Jews and others whose religious traditions, like ours, permit abortion. Moreover, this ruling is a violation of the principle of the separation of church and state, a cherished ideal of our unique American democracy.
The CCAR, its members, and communities will not rest in our ongoing struggle for reproductive liberty, working with all our Reform Movement partner organizations, as well as the National Council of Jewish Women, Jews of other movements, women’s and LGBTQ advocacy groups, interfaith partners, and all Americans who join this work for individual bodily autonomy and privacy.
In the strongest terms, CCAR rabbis call on Congress to enact federal legislation guaranteeing a right to safe and legal abortion for all within our nation’s borders. Reform rabbis will continue to oppose state laws that restrict abortion rights. The CCAR will support its members who are in need of abortion care, wherever they live, just as Reform rabbis will be present for members of the communities they serve and for all Americans in need of abortion care—again, wherever they live. The CCAR supports our rabbis who will now choose to participate in civil disobedience if necessary to save the lives of and ensure access to healthcare for pregnant people.
At this terrifying moment in American history for all people who can become pregnant and for all who love them, Reform rabbis stand ready to comfort the afflicted and to act on behalf of all who need any kind of reproductive health care, including abortion care.
Guns have more rights in this country than women. It’s sickening.— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) June 24, 2022
Here’s what celebrities and activists are saying:
Proud of my father for what he has accomplished today.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 24, 2022
He gave our movement 3 strong pro-life Supreme Court Justices and despite the Dems and the leftwing media doing everything they could to stop their confirmations, especially with Kavanaugh, he never wavered!!!
I’m outraged! What the supreme court has done is BULLSHIT. Something has to be done! Guns have more rights than women.— Halle Berry (@halleberry) June 24, 2022
Stop this war on women & keep your laws off of our bodies. We have to ban together & NOT accept this! We can’t just post about it, we must DO SOMETHING about it
Throughout history, women haven’t been trusted. Not to vote, or to decide who they marry, and now to make their own decisions about their bodies. But you can trust we will not let this stand, that we will be heard, and we will get the rights we deserve. #RoeVsWade— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 24, 2022
This must be the most pro-death “pro-life” Supreme Court in history. More guns, more death penalty — and more babies? I guess with all the killing, we’re going to need more people? Is that the rationale? Just awful. #Roe #abortion— Van Jones (@VanJones68) June 24, 2022
No one, not the government, not politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control, and contraceptives. People should have the FREEDOM to choose. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/zo67xyzex5— Pearl Jam 🇺🇦 (@PearlJam) June 24, 2022
I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are - that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that. https://t.co/mwK561oxxl— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022
The news coming out of the United States is horrific. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can’t imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 24, 2022
Today, I stand in solidarity with the 36 MILLION women being stripped of their right to decide what is best for themselves. We WILL keep fighting! #BansOffOurBodies— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) June 24, 2022
It’s a sad day for women across the country. The implications of this ruling could impact the rights of LGBTQ+ people & people of color too.— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) June 24, 2022
We’re all still viewed as second class citizens. We have to stand together in solidarity to be heard & to protect one another. #CodifyNow