Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

Georgia’s GOP members of Congress cheer decision while Democrats rail against it

By: - June 24, 2022 1:57 pm

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion. Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Lucy McBath argued the reverse: “Today, SCOTUS overturned a half century of precedent, and Dobbs will now join Plessy as one of the most regressive decisions in our nation’s history,” she said in a statement.

“Today we celebrate a great, great victory in the fight for Life,” the Greensboro Republican also tweeted Friday. “However, we must continue to pray for our country and the battles about to begin in state legislatures across the nation.”

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a Woodstock Republican, argued the ruling shifts the decision-making to where it belongs: on the state level.

“For the pro-life community, our work is only beginning. The states will now need to enact laws to affirm the right to life for the pre-born at the state level,” he said.

Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop, an Albany Democrat, lamented the decision’s empowerment of these state lawmakers to determine the limits of abortion access.

“These personal healthcare choices should ultimately rest with a woman, her God and her doctor — not with politicians in 50 different state legislatures that may likely encourage Americans to spy on their neighbors’ for a bounty; stalk women, their friends and supporters; criminalize doctors and otherwise limit access to healthcare,” Bishop said.

“While I believe abortion should be rare, it should be legal, safe, and an available choice in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life or health of a woman,” he added.

Congressman Hank Johnson, a Lithonia Democrat, called the ruling “most damnable Supreme Court decision in my lifetime.”

“For the first time in our nation’s history, the Supreme Court has snatched away a fundamental civil right,” Johnson said in a statement. “For half a century, the reproductive right has been a hallmark of gender equality in our nation. Women have now had that right ripped away by a callous and extreme, draconian Supreme Court. What civil right is next? Will it be the right to use contraceptives? Will it be marriage equality? Or will it be the civil and voting rights of Black and Brown people? Just how far backwards does this ultra-reactionary Court plan to take us?”

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.