Former US President Trump Celebrates Court’s Ruling On Abortion
Former President Donald Trump has celebrated today’s ruling, telling Fox News the Supreme Court is “following the constitution”.
“This brings everything back to the states where it has always belonged,” he said.
Though Trump is no longer in office, the overturning of Roe v Wade will be heralded by many supporters as the capstone of his legacy.
While serving as president, he nominated three Supreme Court justices to the bench – tipping the court’s ideological balance to a 6-3 conservative majority.
Today, all of the justices nominated by Trump – Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett – voted to overturn Roe and uphold Mississippi’s abortion ban.
Former President Bill Clinton told CNN reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere that the decision “puts partisanship ahead of precedent, ideology ahead of evidence and the power of a small minority ahead of the clear will of the people”.
Vice-President Kamala Harris said the argument for overturning Roe v Wade that the court gave – that abortion rights were not “deeply rooted in our nation’s history” – meant other rights, such as same-sex and inter-racial marriage, could be under threat.
Left-wing congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – known to supporters as AOC – joined protesters outside the Supreme Court.
She chanted into a megaphone for people to get “on to the streets” over the “illegitimate” decision.
An emotional congresswoman, Madeleine Dean, tells me she is profoundly horrified. She was only 13 years old when Roe v Wade was established.
“My entire youth and adult life I have lived under equal rights for women. Privacy rights of trusting women with their own private healthcare decision. I think it’s malpractice by this court – a far-right extremist court by an extreme former president [Trump].
Dean, a Pennsylvania Democrat, mentions her 10-year-old granddaughter, who she says is now going to be reduced to a second-class citizen with fewer rights than her.
I ask her if the Democratic party took this issue for granted over the decades, given how focused conservatives have been on this?
“No I don’t think so, this is abject chauvinism by the Republicans. Democrats have never taken women’s rights for granted. My mother-in-law was a great feminist and raised my husband, a great Democratic feminist. Men and women do not take women’s rights for granted.