The United Sates Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, and noted “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
“Like the infamous decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, Roe was also egregiously wrong and on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided,” Alito also said in the opinion.
Within minutes, California politicians issued statements full of hyperbole and deceit.
“The Supreme Court is criminalizing women,” said Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). “The majority’s theological bent wants to keep women barefoot and pregnant and is a throwback to when women were property and knew their place. That past is our future if Americans don’t wake up and vote.” Hertzberg is a lawyer.
Sen. Scott Wiener, also a lawyer, was as hyperbolic: “Tens of millions have now lost their right to make decisions about their own bodies and their own futures.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press office released a joint statement by governors of California, Oregon and Washington, announcing, “West Coast States Launch New Multi-State Commitment to Reproductive Freedom.”
The “Multi-State Commitment” vows “to defend access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptives, and committed to protecting patients and doctors against efforts by other states to export their abortion bans to our states.”
Within hours, President Joe Biden claimed the Supreme Court overturned a “constitutional right,” and said the decision takes America back 150 years.
Except Roe v. Wade was not a Constitutional right, and Congress never codified the decision in law.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the decision takes away “reproductive freedom” and “reproductive rights” for women.
The Supreme Court merely sent the abortion debate back to the states to decide.
Pelosi and Biden also said, “Abortion is on the ballot this fall.”
It may be for some Americans, but polling on abortion shows that it is not a priority for most Americans against inflation, gas prices, cost of living, crime and quality of life issues. And 2/3 of Americans believe abortion should not be legal after the first trimester.
Earlier this month, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Legislative Democrats, in partnership with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) California, announced their intent to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to “enshrine the ‘Right to Abortion, Contraception.’”
States have this right.
Following the leaked United States Supreme Court draft decision on Roe v. Wade in which the Court voted to overturn the federal landmark abortion decision and send the issue back to the states to decide, Democrats and the left claimed abortion rights will be struck down, and women will suffer “countless attacks on reproductive freedom and abortion access.”
The reaction to the impending decision was mass hysteria and hyperbole by abortion proponents and activists – and California Democrats. Notably, California has the most Planned Parenthood facilities of any state in the U.S. “Of the 862,320 abortions performed in the U.S. that year , 132,680, or about 15%, were in California,” Planned Parenthood says.
Almost immediately, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a father of four, jumped on the band wagon following the leaked decision: “Our daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers will not be silenced,” Newsom tweeted. “The world is about to hear their fury. California will not sit back. We are going to fight like hell.”
And Democrats vowed to draft and pass legislation to “to protect the right to abortion in the state constitution.”
Last November 2021, Planned Parenthood reported Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders “have asked a group of reproductive health experts to propose policies to bolster the state’s abortion infrastructure and prepare it for more patients.”
“Abortion providers are already girding for a surge in demand,” they said months ahead of the leaked decision.
They planned ahead on this issue, obviously anticipating how the Supreme Court would rule.
“Planned Parenthood clinics in California say they already serve about 7,000 out-of-state patients a year and are expecting a surge of new ones, especially in travel hubs like the Los Angeles area,” Planned Parenthood reported.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question,” Alito wrote. “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
The Globe will update this article.
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