Politicians have urged voters to ‘take to the streets’ after Roe v Wade was overturned by the nation’s highest court
Democratic lawmakers have called for mass protests after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark case that has underpinned federal abortion protections for nearly five decades, with some reps urging supporters to go to “war” On the question.
The court’s decision to overturn the 1973 case on Friday quickly sparked outrage among Democrats, many of whom demanded street protests in favor of abortion rights across the country.
“Voting is essential, but alone it is not enough. We will need to organize, strike, fill the coffers of abortion funds, open our homes to help those seeking safe passage, and more to establish and defend our rights,” wrote Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), who was seen earlier outside the Supreme Court calling on Americans to surrender ” in the streets “.
BREAKING: Congressman @AOC arrived at the Supreme Court and chants that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is ‘illegitimate’ and calls on people to ‘take to the streets’ | @TPUSApic.twitter.com/jNkCYDrLtz
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) June 24, 2022
His comments were condemned by Georgian Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who accused the legislator to attempt to launch a “insurrection” while stating that “all violence and riots” that followed would come as a “A direct result of the Democrats’ marching orders.” Ocasio-Cortez fired back “exercise our right to protest” is not the same as “an attempt to overthrow democracy.”
During an appearance on MSNBC to discuss the decision, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) said supporters should “Get Armed” as “there’s a war out there” and was quickly picked up by Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
A number of other Democratic congressmen also appeared in court in Washington, D.C. to criticize the decision, with Maxine Waters (California) saying “To hell with the Supreme Court, we’re going to challenge them.” She was joined by Texas Rep. Al Green, who later declared “This fight is not over” pledging to continue to support “women’s health, privacy and the right to choose.”
Maxine Waters and Al Green among members of Congress who appeared before the Supreme Court to denounce the end of Roe. “Women are going to control their bodies no matter how hard they try to stop us,” Waters says. “To hell with the Supreme Court, we’re going to challenge them.” pic.twitter.com/SCkicoQj68
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A large crowd gathered near the court building shortly after the decision was announced, many carrying signs and shouting slogans. Some protesters dressed in black were also seen marching through the area, resembling more radical “black bloc” agitators seen at previous protests across the United States.
Republicans, meanwhile, broadly backed Thursday’s decision, as many in the party are strongly opposed to abortion. Massachusetts Sen. Mitt Romney, who has been at odds with other GOP members over his fierce opposition to former President Donald Trump, posted a statement reiterating its support for “the sanctity of human life”, say that “Children – born and unborn – deserve our protection. » He was joined by a long line of Republican lawmakers, such as Rep. Liz Cheney, who acclaimed the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss “the power to the States and the people…to deal with the question of abortion under the law of the State.”
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