Abrams added that abortion is a decision that ought to be left to pregnant individuals and their medical providers, rather than “a political football where ideology of the leader of a state can determine the quality of life for a woman and her ability to make the choices she needs.”
The Supreme Court ruling has, in particular, animated progressives who believe Democrats’ response to date has been insufficient and uninspired. “The president and the Democratic Party need to come to terms with is that this is not just a crisis of Roe — this is a crisis of our democracy,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said the Supreme Court has “lost legitimacy” with its momentous decisions on abortion and other high-profile cases under the conservative majority and argued that expanding the bench is a necessary corrective.
“We’ve done it before; we need to do it again,” Warren said on ABC’s “This Week.”
By contrast, conservatives have hailed the decision as a victory for the “pro-life movement” and its half-century campaign against abortion.
“It’s satisfying to know that through the constitutional process, you can make a difference,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) said on “Fox News Sunday” in response to the overturning of the 1973 landmark decision. “When Roe came out, we didn’t burn down the Capitol as conservatives. We didn’t go to liberal justices’ homes and try to intimidate them.”
Even before the ruling was officially handed down, both camps had been gauging to what degree abortion will be an animating issue for voters heading into November’s elections and whether it will upend political dynamics that were trending decidedly against Democrats in recent months.
“This was won through the ballot box by conservatives, and we’re not gonna let liberals intimidate the rule of law system to take it away from us,” Graham said.
One Republican lawmaker garnered condemnation for calling the Supreme Court’s decision a “historic victory for white life” during a rally Saturday with former President Donald Trump.
“President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday,” Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.), who is facing fellow GOP Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) due to redistricting.
A spokesperson for Miller has said she misspoke while reading from her prepared remarks and intended to say “right to life.”
In states that have moved to restrict — or prohibit — abortions, the issue is likely to continue percolating as Republican lawmakers explore other ways to crack down on the procedure or things related to it.
For instance several states are looking at ways of preventing people from using telemedicine to access abortion drugs or traveling to another state to obtain a legal abortion.
“I don’t believe that telemedicine abortions are safe for individuals, for women, to conduct at home,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
And federally, former Vice President Mike Pence has called for a national ban on abortion should Republicans regain control of Washington, a sentiment that has been echoed by some congressional Republicans, including Rep. Christopher Smith (RN.J.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.). All of them are looking ahead in the hope that Republicans will control the House and Senate after the midterms.
At the same time, states that protect abortion rights are taking steps to make accessing those services easier — including anticipating an uptick in visitors from parts of the country where abortion will no longer be available.
A CBS News/YouGov poll conducted in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision found that nearly 60 percent of those surveyed disapproved of the ruling, including more than two-thirds of women. More than half also believe the case was “a step backward for America,” compared to 31 percent who said it was “a step forward.”
President Joe Biden sought to tap into that sentiment in a speech Friday, saying “voters need to make their voices heard.”
“This fall, Roe is on the nerd. Personal freedoms are on the bundle. The right to privacy, liberty, equality — they’re all on the nerd.”
And the decision was a shock wave that sent reverberations well beyond the United States.
Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, said he regrets “what seems to be a backward step,” when asked about the case.
“Tea Roe v. wade concept, when it came out, was of huge importance psychologically for people around the world, and it spoke of the advancement of the rights of women,” Johnson said Sunday in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”