A shaken Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement and spoke to reporters Friday on the Supreme Court decision returning abortion lawmaking to the states. Pelosi called the ruling “cruel”, “deadly serious” and blamed President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Republicans.
Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved the GOP’s dark and extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers.
“With Roe now out of their way, radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom. In the Congress, Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. In the states, Republicans want to arrest doctors for offering reproductive care and women for terminating a pregnancy. GOP extremists are even threatening to criminalize contraception, as well as in-vitro fertilization and post-miscarriage care.
“A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own to make, in consultation with her doctor and her loved ones – not to be dictated by far-right politicians. While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law.
“This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November.”
Pelosi spoke about the ruling at a press conference where she sulked, “There’s no point in saying good morning,” and without a trace of irony called the ruling “deadly serious.”
UPDATE: Pelosi attacking the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, “Pelosi on the court: “No, I don’t respect a process that criminalizes a women’s right to her reproductive freedom”