“I thought I was going to throw up.” – Illinois Abortionist Hanz Dismer reacting to Supreme Court ruling
TEXAS TRIBUNE – Abortions in Texas have ceased following a Supreme Court ruling that eliminated the constitutional protection for an abortion and ensuing legal uncertainty, Whole Woman’s Health and Planned Parenthood Texas said.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing states to set their own laws regulating abortion procedures.
Texas has a “trigger” law in place that will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization starting 30 days after the Supreme Court’s judgement, which is typically issued about a month after the initial opinion.
But clinics and abortion funds are ceasing services now because the attorney general of Texas and some anti-abortion activists are arguing that state laws that banned abortion before Roe v. Wade — that were never repealed — could now be in effect in Texas.
Plan B and contraceptives remain legal
Birth control and emergency contraceptives, commonly referred to as Plan B, are different from the drugs used to induce an abortion.
In the same decision that overruled Roe, the U.S. Supreme Court was clear that the constitutional right to access contraceptives remains untouched — though one justice said he would welcome challenges to that right.
The 1965 Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut established that married couples have a right to purchase and use contraception. In 1972, the court confirmed in Eisenstadt v. Baird that the right extends to unmarried individuals as well.
In Griswold, the court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to privacy, with some justices saying it was implied throughout the Bill of Rights and some arguing it comes directly from the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.
OUTRAGE, HORROR OVER THE PROSPECT OF BABIES BEING BORN ALIVE
REACTIONS TO SUPREME COURT REVERSAL OF ROE V. WADE
- “It’s a sad day for our country.” – Joe Biden
- “The Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. They cannot be allowed to have majority in the Congress to do that.” – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
- “One of the darkest days our country has ever seen.” – Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer
- “This decision is a fundamental assault on women’s rights and on reproductive freedom that will do nothing to stop abortion.” – Maine Governor Janet Mills
- “The devastating decision marks a dark day for reproductive rights and bodily autonomy not just within the United States but the world over.” – David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
- “This decision will fuel continued, relentless attacks on women, trans and gender nonconforming people’s bodily autonomy from state legislatures around the country.” – NYC Comptroller Brad Lander