Minutes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, the Missouri attorney general issued an opinion banning abortion in his state. Abortion clinics in several cities, including Montgomery, Alabama, and Sioux Falls, SD, have closed. But others in Illinois and Ohio continued to see patients.
At a Phoenix clinic, 40 women were waiting to make appointments, leaving staff scrambling for answers about whether abortions were still allowed. “We sent a bunch of people home and they were hysterical,” said Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick, owner of the clinic.
In Ohio, Candice Keller, a former state congresswoman who sponsored a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, broke down in tears of joy. “I started crying,” Mrs. Keller said. “It has been a real battle. It seemed like you were never going to win. But we won.”
the Roe rollover on Fridaydazzling even as long predicted, sparked waves of triumph and despair, from protesters on both sides who rallied outside the Supreme Court, to abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers, and in text messages with friends and social networks. .
The split-screen reaction reflected a polarized nation: joy and relief on one side, anger and pain on the other.
“If I had confetti, I’d be throwing it high,” said Dale Bartscher, director of South Dakota Right to Life. “Today we are celebrating a day that we have long dreamed of, defended and worked for: the overcoming of Roe v. wade”.
David Ripley, the director of Idaho Chooses Life, said he didn’t think he’d be alive to see the day Idaho’s abortion ban, which made it illegal after Roe’s fall, would go into effect.
“The court has finally admitted that its ruling and the rulings of the federal courts for the last 50 years have been blatantly wrong,” said Mr. Ripley. “I am ecstatic.”
On the other hand, abortion rights advocates worried about the millions of women who live in the wide swath of the country where abortion will be illegal or essentially unavailable due to layers of restrictions that have added expense and delay for women who search for the procedure.
Some women stockpiled abortion pills. A group called Shout Your Abortion started a campaign proclaiming #AbortionPillsForever, pledging to help women in need.
“I knew this was coming, but I didn’t expect to feel this much anger,” said Amalie Hahn, 49, in Jackson, Mississippi. “You want to ban abortions in the state of Mississippi, but you don’t want to take into account that Mississippi is one of the worst states to give birth to, if not the worst. We are in the midst of a formula shortage and poverty is at an all time high and women are being forced to have babies. This is crazy.”
Jackson is home to the clinic, known locally as the Casa Rosada, at the center of the Supreme Court’s decision. On Friday, volunteers continued to escort patients inside, and attorneys said the clinic would continue to offer abortion services for the next 10 days, until Mississippi’s trigger ban takes effect.
The court’s ruling, which had been anticipated in oral arguments in December and again when a draft opinion was leaked in May, means that within a month abortion will be banned, with rare exceptions, in 13 states. Both opponents and supporters say it is very likely to become illegal or inaccessible in about half of the states, with 33.6 million women of childbearing age living in states likely to lose access.
Millions of Americans have never known a world without the constitutional right to abortion.
In Kansas City, Missouri, one of them, Mallorie McBride, said she was “shocked and horrified” by the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We are taking a lot of steps backwards,” said Ms. McBride, 24. “I’ve always believed that older men shouldn’t make decisions about women’s bodies. As a single woman in her 20s, I haven’t felt very represented by my government in a while, but this goes a step further.”
“It’s also like, what else will happen after this?” said Briana Perry, 30, a board member of Tennessee Healthy and Free, a reproductive rights network in Nashville. “Not only in regards to reproductive rights, but also other rights that we had that we thought we were secured through the Supreme Court rulings that are now in question.”
The Supreme Court decision calls abortion “a profound moral issue on which Americans have deeply conflicting views.” But while Americans have become more likely to say that abortion is morally acceptableThe problem is very political. Friday’s ruling did even more, sending the question of how to regulate abortion back to the states, and into a new and even more polarized era.
Both sides quickly turned to the fights to come.
James Bopp Jr., general counsel for the National Right to Life Committee, who has fought against abortion since the Roe decision in 1973, called Friday’s ruling “a total victory for the pro-life movement and for the United States.” Joined”. Still, he said, the work of the anti-abortion forces was “half done.” The group was meeting for its convention in Atlanta when the decision was announced, and had already model bill ban abortion in all states, except only for risks to the life of the mother.
“That is going to be a huge task – there will be a variety of forces against us,” Bopp said. “This is the end of the beginning, as Churchill once said. A huge hurdle has been removed and now we are going to make sure the law is used to protect the unborn.”
Troy Newman, president of Kansas-based Operation Rescue, which has waged a long campaign of lockdowns outside abortion clinics, said the decision still left too much leeway for states like his, largely led by Democrats. They allow abortion.
“The time has come for the pro-life movement to get down to business and win the rest of the states,” he said. “We will be cleaning up, putting the remaining dirty and disgusting abortion factories out of business.”
NARAL, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other groups pledged to spend $150 million in the 2022 midterm elections to elect abortion-rights supporters to state houses and Congress. The Women’s March, which brought protesters together after the election of Donald J. Trump, called for protests in a “Summer of Rage.”
In Conway, Ark., Stacey Margaret Jones, 52, said she kept thinking about the women she met while volunteering at Planned Parenthood.
“I feel really hopeless because I feel like there is nothing that I personally could have done differently,” said Ms. Jones. She has donated to candidates supporting abortion rights, attended marches and written to legislators about her. But in a conservative state like Arkansas, she doesn’t feel her voice is being heard. Her state senator is Jason Rapert, one of the main backers of the Arkansas trigger law that outlawed abortion on Friday.
“I’m looking for guidance from someone or some organization to say, ‘Okay, we knew this could happen and this is what we’re going to do,’” said Ms. Jones.
As protests outside the Supreme Court grew, with supporters and opponents shouting slogans back and forth, Capitol Police dispatched additional officers to line the barriers blocking the courthouse and the Capitol building across the street. . They were preparing for larger crowds as people finished work. By afternoon, protests had closed the nearby Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.
But the divided reaction also developed far from Washington.
In Leawood, Kansas, a protester yelled through an amplifier, “You’re murdering your son!” while Daniel Morrison and his girlfriend arrived in the rain at a Planned Parenthood clinic so she could have an abortion. You have come to an extermination camp. Babies are killed here.”
Mr. Morrison responded, “I’m helping my girlfriend, I’m helping her choose,” emphasizing the word “choose.”
Mr. Morrison said that he worked in a restaurant in Oklahoma and his girlfriend volunteered at a shelter for homeless youth, and that they were financially or emotionally unprepared for a child.
“I’m not here because I just want to have fun and party more,” Mr. Morrison said. “I want to be able to plan a life for a child and to be able to support a child in ways other than money, to be able to give them time and everything that a child would need in order to develop. Having the option to do so is very important. I don’t consider it murder.
The Supreme Court’s decision is only going to cause people pain and difficulty, he said.
Across the parking lot, the Advice & Aid pregnancy center had extra security in place Friday morning because of what its CEO, Ruth Tisdale, said called upon to attack facilities like hers. Ms Tisdale said the Supreme Court’s decision was “an exciting moment” but her work had to continue.
The report was contributed by austyn gaffney, Jimmie E Gates, Carey Gillam, jack healyCarolyn Komatsuulis, tom lawrence, Erica Sweney Y Kevin Williams.