35 Reactions People Posted Online To The Impending US Supreme Court Decision To Overturn Abortion Rights
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. But now the Supreme Court wants to turn the U.S. into a dystopian hellscape by overturning abortion rights.
According to the initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that circulated inside the court, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” The document also stated that “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
The decision, which is expected to go formal in June, will open up the nation’s 31 Republican-controlled states to pass severe or total abortion restrictions. And this did not sit well with people who went into tears watching Elizabeth Warren fuming with anger on Tuesday when she gave her speech.
So they took to the internet to show rage and despair over the American court system that yet again failed its people, especially those at their most vulnerable.
The senator Elizabeth Warren lambasted the Supreme Court after the draft abortion opinion leak, reflecting the fuming anger people are feeling right now
'I am angry, upset and determined,' Massachusetts Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren said in her powerful speech after joining a protest at the Supreme Court on Tuesday
"This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest."Please watch this video. @ewarren is channeling the rage we are all feeling right now. Thank you, @SenWarren.pic.twitter.com/uIlPXeZGzL— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) May 3, 2022
Many people agreed with Warren as they felt rage and despair over the Supreme Court mercilessly failing women and turning the country into a dystopian hellscape
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The news did not sit well with people on the internet either, as many took it to social media to share their rage, experiences and thoughts about the court overturning abortion rights
On May 2nd, POLITICO obtained a leaked initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that sent shockwaves around the country. The document revealed that the Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which granted a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction since 1973.
POLITICO notes that no draft decision in the modern history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending. Moreover, the document, labeled as a first draft of the majority opinion, includes a notation that it was circulated among the justices on Feb. 10.
The document labeled as “Opinion of the Court” reads as follows: “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
While Americans digested the potential horrifying consequences of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade with rage and despair, many people met the news through an emotional and deeply personal lens. Women who had had abortions or given children up for adoption took it to social media to share what challenges they would have faced if the court struck down the Roe v. Wade decision to grant abortion rights.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts says the Supreme Court will investigate the release of a draft opinion that would strike down Roe v. Wade. He called the incident "a singular and egregious breach" of trust. In a statement on Tuesday, Roberts commented: "This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here. I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak."
"To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed," Roberts said. "The work of the Court will not be affected in any way. We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce–permanent employees and law clerks alike–intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court."
Moreover, the court's public affairs office confirmed the document is indeed "authentic." However, the office added that "it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case."
On Tuesday, following POLITICO’s report, President Joe Biden called a woman's right to have an abortion "fundamental.” He urged Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe, which was decided in 1973. Biden stated: “Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.”