Hillary Clinton & More Female Leaders Outraged Over SCOTUS Overturning Roe v. Wade

A number of female leaders torched the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe V. Wade and endangered women's rights to safe and legal abortions.

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Hillary Clinton and many others called out the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, leaving legislation on abortion rights to state governments. The former First Lady tweeted out a statement, warning that the Supreme Court decision is a massive step in the wrong direction for women’s rights. See her response and many  others here.

Pro-choice protesters stand up for women’s rights outside the Supreme Court. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Shutterstock)

Hillary Clinton

Clinton tweeted that choices about whether an abortion is the right choice for any woman is up to the individual and should be kept between just doctors and patients. “Today’s Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights,” she said. The former Secretary of State also shared a link where people could donate to her Onward Together organization.

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said that overturning the landmark SCOTUS opinion and taking away the right to safe and legal abortions has long been a plan for Republicans. She warned that GOP members of Congress were working to ban abortion across the United States. “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,” she said partially in a statement.

Pelosi also warned that it’s important to elect officials who will protect abortion rights in the November midterm elections. “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,” she said.

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama also released a lengthy statement, explaining how “heartbroken” she was by the SCOTUS opinion. “This horrifying decision will have devastating consequences, and it must be a wake-up call, especially to the young people who will bear its burden. I know this is not the future you chose for your generation – but if you give up now, you will inherit a country that does not resemble you or any of the values you believe in,” she said.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to explain that even though the landmark opinion may be overturned, women will still get abortions, but it will put more lives at risk to not have access to legal, safe abortions. “It only makes them more dangerous, especially for the poor + marginalized,” she wrote. “People will die because of this decision. And we will never stop until abortion rights are restored in the United States of America.”

Stacey Abrams

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said that she was “appalled” after the decision was overturned. She spoke about how the ruling endangered so many people, and she swore to fight for abortion access. “What has been done with this law is an assault on our liberties, and we will fight back,” she said.

Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris gave an impassioned speech following the decision, explaining how overturning Roe created a “healthcare crisis.” She echoed similar points that President Joe Biden made in his speech. “Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the healthcare and reproductive care that they had this morning. Without access to the same healthcare or reproductive healthcare that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years,” she said.

The VP also warned about the possibility that the ruling could mean for same-sex marriage, IVF treatment and more.

Andrea Miller

National Institute for Reproductive Health President Andrea Miller also spoke about how “devastating” the “unprecedented attack” on healthcare is, in a statement received by HollywoodLife. “The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will upend the lives and jeopardize the health and well-being of millions of people across this country – those seeking abortion care, those who will need abortion care in the future, and the families and loved ones of those who will be denied the abortion care they need,” she said.

Miller also emphasized how the ruling will disproportionately affect women in minorities. “While this burden will cross every race, class, and zip code, we know that it will fall the hardest on Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color; those working to make ends meet; young people; and people living in rural communities,” she said.

Jill Biden

First Lady Jill Biden also vowed to fight after having the right “stolen” from women. “While we may be devastated by this injustice, we will not be silent. We will not sit back as the progress we have already won slips away,” she wrote in a tweet. “Tomorrow, we will continue to fight — for our daughters and granddaughters, and for ourselves — until all women can decide our own futures once again.”