Nancy Pelosi warns 'Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban' after SCOTUS' overruling of Roe v. Wade, calling the decision a 'slap in the face to women'
- In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday morning.
- Nancy Pelosi says this ruling is "cruel and heart-wrenching."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered passionate remarks condemning the Supreme Court's revocation of the constitutional right to abortion on Friday morning.
The Democratic leader warned that congressional Republicans will seek to pass a federal abortion ban into law. The Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade comes after Politico published a draft of the court's opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization written by Justice Samuel Alito in May.
"Be aware of this: the Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban," she said during her weekly press briefing. "They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that. But that's their goal."
She went on, "What this means to women is such an insult. It's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make decisions about their reproductive freedom."
Pelosi criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for preventing former President Barack Obama from nominating a justice after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia because of the 2016 election's proximity. But after the passing of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell acted quickly to move forward with a justice nomination by former President Donald Trump.
"The hypocrisy is raging, but the harm is endless," Pelosi said. "American women today have less freedom than their mothers."
—Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 24, 2022
The Republican-controlled court has now achieved their "dark and extreme goal" by reversing Roe, according to Pelosi. Now Roe is out of Republicans' way, Pelosi wrote in a statement, the plot for a nationwide abortion ban is in the works.
"While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law," Pelosi wrote.
The speaker called the ruling "cruel" and "heart-wrenching," but insisted Democrats won't back down, especially with midterm elections around the corner.
"But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November," Pelosi wrote.
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