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Roe v. Wade overturned: The latest

Day 2 of nationwide protests are underway

Abortion rights and anti abortion right activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on Saturday in Washington, DC.Anna Moneymaker/Getty

The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Here’s what happened after the release of the court’s decision.


 

June 25, 2022

 

More Justice homes targeted in day two of protests — 9:29 p.m.

By Bloomberg News

Roughly 20 protesters marched on the sidewalk in front of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside of Washington.

The demonstrators chanted, “my body, my choice” and “separate the church and state.” They held signs handwritten on cardboard, including one that read “ABORT THE COURT.”

“I just realized it was time to do something to support my child,” said Cassandra Mendell of Gaithersburg, Maryland, who was attending her first protest since the Dobbs decision.

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The crowd was nearly matched by the number of law enforcement officers outside Kavanaugh’s house, where a man was arrested nearby earlier this month with a gun and knife and later charged with attempted murder.

The demonstrators then walked to the nearby home of Chief Justice John Roberts.

34 Senate Democrats urge Biden to take ‘immediate’ action on abortion — 8:42 p.m.

By New York Times

A group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Saturday urging him to take “bold action” on abortion rights a day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Thirty-four senators signed the letter, which called on the president to “take immediate action” and “use the full force of the federal government to protect access to abortion in the United States.” The letter, led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, emphasized the urgency of the issue, citing the numerous states whose trigger laws have already made abortion illegal and the potential for other states to swiftly follow suit.

By The Associated Press

A Texas group that helps women pay for abortions halted its efforts Saturday while evaluating its legal risk under a ban it says will disproportionately hurt poor and minority women. Mississippi’s only abortion clinic kept seeing patients while awaiting a 10-day notice that will trigger a ban. And elected officials across the country vowed to take action to protect women’s access to abortion.

A day after the Supreme Court’s bombshell ruling overturning Roe v. Wade ended the constitutional right to abortion, emotional protests and prayer vigils turned to resolve as several states enacted bans and supporters and foes of abortion rights mapped out their next moves.

By New York Times

In the spring of 1985, a 35-year-old lawyer in the Justice Department, Samuel Alito, cautioned the Reagan administration against mounting a frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that declared a constitutional right to abortion. The Supreme Court was not ready to overturn it, he said, so urging it to do so could backfire.

In a memo offering advice on two pending cases that challenged state laws regulating abortion, Alito advocated focusing on a more incremental argument: The court should uphold the regulations as reasonable. That strategy would “advance the goals of bringing about the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade and, in the meantime, of mitigating its effects.”

More than three decades later, Alito has fulfilled that vision, cementing his place in history as the author of a consequential ruling overturning Roe, along with a 1992 precedent that reaffirmed that decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The reversal means tens of millions of women in conservative-controlled states are losing access to abortion.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Globe Staff

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife of 35 years, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, refer to each other as “best friends,” their bond built on deep conservative beliefs and forged tighter by decades of fighting attacks they perceive as unfair that began with his turbulent 1991 confirmation.

“She was a gift from God that I had prayed for,” the justice said in a new book about him, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in his Own Words.” “She’s been as dear and close a human being as I could have ever imagined having in my life.”

A longtime conservative activist, Ginni Thomas has seen her profile rise in Washington with her husband’s increasing clout on the Supreme Court in its steady shift further to the right. For years, Thomas was known as the silent justice, at one point going a decade without asking a question during oral arguments and joining fewer opinions than his fellow conservatives.

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

On some level, Jessie Steigerwald had been anticipating this moment since Donald Trump was elected president. “My immediate reaction was, ‘There goes the Supreme Court and there goes Roe,’” said the 53-year-old Lexington woman.

Still, the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling on Friday — reversing a nearly 50-year precedent and the expectations of bodily autonomy for two generations of women — reduced her in a way she hadn’t fully expected.

“I feel like my humanity has been diminished today. What am I if I am not in charge of my body?” asked Steigerwald, who poured her frustration into yet another demonstration on Friday, this one in Lexington. “But I’m still powerful. I’m going to take my little, small diminished power and put it together with all the other small, diminished people’s power.”

The most momentous setback to women’s rights in decades came in the wake of this era’s biggest surge in women’s activism — an irony lost on no one.

By Jess Bidgood, Globe Staff

In overturning the nearly 50-year-old right of women to choose an abortion, Justice Samuel Alito on Friday declared it time to “return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

With four months to go before voters return to the ballot box to choose them, Democrats are hoping to turn that idea — and the abrupt erasure of a precedent relied on by millions of women — into a rallying cry for their weary base, depicting this fall’s midterm elections as voters’ chance to shore up abortion rights and warning that other freedoms could hang in the balance if Republicans prevail.

By The Washington Post

The Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade is expected to trigger new battles between red and blue states over abortion access, as women and advocates try to get around newly enacted bans by seeking the procedure out of state and using hard-to-trace medications.

The fights promise to raise tensions between states in ways not seen since the era of slavery, experts say.

By The Washington Post

The nation’s capital and cities across the country were bracing Saturday for a second day of huge street demonstrations after the Supreme Court’s historic overturning of Roe v. Wade was met with an outpouring of joy and rage on Friday night.

By 10 a.m. Saturday, a few hundred people had gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill. “Not your uterus, not your choice,” they chanted. Some abortion rights advocates formed a semicircle in front of the building as girls and adults stepped forward. One took the megaphone and led the crowd in defiant chants, refusing to accept the court’s ruling.

By Alexa Gagosz, Globe Staff

As hundreds gathered on the plaza at the bottom of the Rhode Island State House steps Friday night for a rally after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a man who was live-streaming the demonstration began shouting at the crowd.

The man, who identified himself as Josh Mello of Cranston on the social media accounts where he shared his live stream, was quickly surrounded by people, many of whom told him to leave. One man pushed Mello. More people started shouting.

One of the demonstration’s organizers, Jennifer Rourke — a board member of The Womxn Project and candidate for a State Senate District 29 seat in Warwick — rushed over to try to defuse the situation. “This (conflict) is not what this is about,” Rourke, who is also a co-founder of the R.I. Political Cooperative, told the Globe on Saturday morning.

By The Associated Press

Police at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier say the building was vandalized early Saturday when seven windows were broken and a message painted outside the main door reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned a constitutional right to abortion.

Police say the vandalism took place at around 2 a.m. Saturday. The message painted on the granite portico said “If abortions aren’t safe you’re not either.”

The Capitol Police estimated damage was in excess of $25,000. The Statehouse had been expected to open Saturday for its summer tour, but that has been postponed. The Statehouse is now scheduled to open on Monday morning.

By Mike Damiano and Kate Selig, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

Hundreds gathered in Boston on Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case, ending a guarantee on a fundamental right to abortion.

Saturday’s rally near the State House took place after a smaller protest by opponents of abortion. The demonstrations followed a much larger gathering Friday afternoon, when thousands of demonstrators converged on Boston Common and filled downtown streets for a march to Copley Square to protest the court’s decision.

Emily Bojorquez stood with a sign across the street from the Massachusetts State House with a group of pro-choice advocates in Boston on Saturday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

By New York Times

Americans awakened Saturday to a new and rapidly shifting reality where abortion, a basic legal right for nearly a half-century, was outlawed in some states and permitted in others, and where initial bursts of elation and shock after the declaration that Roe v. Wade had been overturned gave way to action.

Demonstrations and spontaneous celebrations erupted in dozens of cities across the country. While abortion opponents cheered a long-fought victory, outraged protesters thronged by the thousands in Chicago, Dallas, New York and Louisville, Kentucky, condemning the Supreme Court and vowing that they would resist the decision.

Legal experts confronted a new and changing landscape of abortion laws. In the newly redrawn map of the United States that was taking shape Saturday, abortion was banned in at least nine states, prompting vows of swift enforcement from officials in conservative states. Prosecutors in liberal states and counties responded with defiance, saying they would not violate their own values by pursuing criminal cases against doctors who had performed abortions.

But in many states, they would have little to prosecute: Across the U.S., doctors immediately halted procedures and canceled scheduled weekend appointments, even as patients were sitting in waiting rooms at abortion clinics. Women scrambled to face the new legal reality, abruptly making plans to cross state lines into places where abortion was still allowed — traveling from Missouri to Illinois, from Wisconsin to Minnesota.

By Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A truck hit at least two protesters Friday night following an abortion rights rally in Iowa.

Lyz Lenz, a local journalist and author, told The Associated Press that she saw the driver swerve around another car and hit two women on a crosswalk in downtown Cedar Rapids around 7:15 p.m.

She said the truck drove over the foot of one of the protesters, and police took the woman to the hospital.

“There was a moment where I said, ‘I think I’m going to see my friends die,’” said Lenz, who has written about numerous subjects including the white supremacist who drove his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Lenz said the women struck Friday were chanting disparaging things about Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. She said it was hard to know whether the truck driver was motivated by the chants or being blocked by protesters.

Cedar Rapids police had no immediate comment but planned to release a statement.

By Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s abortion ban has gone into effect, triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The move came Friday evening after the Legislature’s general counsel certified that the state’s 2020 trigger law met legal requirements.

The ban contains narrow exceptions for rape and incest if those crimes are reported to law enforcement, and for serious risk to the life or health of the mother, as well as confirmed lethal birth defects.

Legislative leaders said they had no plans to expand restrictions on abortion until they better understood the effects of Utah’s law.

State Sen. Dan McKay, the Republican who sponsored the trigger law, said it would be wrong for Utah women to pursue abortions in neighboring states but he had no immediate plans to press for limits on their ability to travel there.

In her remarks on Friday, Republican State Representative Karianne Lisonbee refuted accusations that she doesn’t “trust women enough to make choices about their own body,” saying she trusts women enough to control the “intake of semen.”

Biden criticizes Supreme Court for making ‘terrible decisions’ — 10:19 a.m.

By Bloomberg

President Biden criticized the US Supreme Court for making “terrible decisions,” a day after it struck down the constitutional right to abortion.

Biden commented during a signing ceremony Saturday for gun safety bill he supports, though he continued to sidestep questions about reforms to the court sought by some Democrats.

“I think the Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions,” the president said after signing the bill when a reporter asked whether the court was broken. He didn’t respond to other questions, such as on court or filibuster reform, before heading off to Europe for international summits.

Biden began his remarks on guns by renewing his condemnation of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. He said his administration will do what it can to enforce what laws still stand, such as allowing people to cross state lines to seek health services.

“Jill and I know how painful and devastating the decision is for so many Americans,” he said with First Lady Jill Biden at his side. “We’re going to take actions to protect women’s rights and reproductive health.”

By The Washington Post

U.S. states are free to ban or drastically reduce access to abortion after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that has for nearly five decades established a fundamental right to the procedure. In as many as 20 states - the vast majority of which are dominated by Republicans — bans are already in place or could be enacted within months.

Republicans also control the governor’s mansion in four blue states: Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire and Vermont. Polls indicate the four GOP governors are among the most popular executives in the country, and all have governed with a lighter touch on social issues relative to their conservative colleagues elsewhere. All four governors have said they will uphold abortion rights, though some have fought against expanding access to the procedure.

Here’s the latest on abortion rights in the four states.

By Associated Press

PHOENIX — Police fired tear gas to disperse anti-abortion demonstrators from outside the Arizona Capitol Friday night, forcing lawmakers to huddle briefly in a basement inside the building as they rushed to complete their 2022 session.

Thousands of protesters had gathered earlier on the Capitol grounds in Phoenix, divided into groups both supporting and condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

By Associated Press

PARIS — A group of lawmakers belonging to French President Emmanuel Macron’s party will propose a bill to inscribe abortion rights into the country’s constitution, according to the statement by two members of parliament on Saturday.

By The Washington Post

Walt Disney, JPMorgan Chase and Dick’s Sporting Goods said Friday they would cover employee travel expenses for abortions in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, joining the ranks of corporate giants scrambling to adjust to the new reality.

Disney said the “family planning” benefit would be extended to any worker who cannot access care where they live, including “pregnancy-related decisions.” The company employs 195,000 worldwide, including roughly 80,000 in Florida.

A torrent of similar announcements rolled in Friday from companies such as Netflix, Paramount, Sony and Comcast, underscoring corporate America’s unusual role in safeguarding reproductive rights following the high court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. But the moves could also open companies to public backlash and legal liability as they navigate the fast-changing landscape of reproductive rights in the United States.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will reimburse as much as $4,000 in abortion travel expenses “to the nearest location where that care is legally available” for employees, their spouses and dependents in states where access is restricted, chief executive Lauren Hobart announced Friday on LinkedIn.

By Associated Press

The only abortion clinic in West Virginia is no longer performing abortions as of Friday.

The state has a law on the books that makes providing abortions a felony carrying three to 10 years of prison time. It’s unclear how the state will proceed on enforcement in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“Roe has never been enough, but in states like West Virginia, it was the only thing protecting abortion access,” said Katie Quinonez, executive director of Women’s Health Center of West Virginia.

She says West Virginians will be forced to travel hundreds or thousands of miles away from home to access health care and that marginalized communities will be hurt the most.

By Associated Press

Utah’s abortion ban has gone into effect, triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The move came Friday evening after the Legislature’s general counsel certified that the state’s 2020 trigger law met legal requirements.

The ban contains narrow exceptions for rape and incest if those crimes are reported to law enforcement, and for serious risk to the life or health of the mother, as well as confirmed lethal birth defects.

Legislative leaders said they had no plans to expand restrictions on abortion until they better understood the effects of Utah’s law.

State Sen. Dan McKay, the Republican who sponsored the trigger law, said it would be wrong for Utah women to pursue abortions in neighboring states but he had no immediate plans to press for limits on their ability to travel there.

By New York Times

During a two-hour meeting in her Senate office with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Aug. 21, 2018, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine pressed him hard on why she should trust him not to overturn Roe v. Wade if she backed his confirmation.

Kavanaugh worked vigorously to reassure her that he was no threat to the landmark abortion rights ruling.

“Start with my record, my respect for precedent, my belief that it is rooted in the Constitution, and my commitment and its importance to the rule of law,” he said, according to contemporaneous notes kept by multiple staff members in the meeting. “I understand precedent and I understand the importance of overturning it.

By Bloomberg News

About 20 protesters were gathered outside the entrance to a residential community where Justice Clarence Thomas resides in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia. Several people had megaphones and other noisemakers like tambourines, pans, and a bucket.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the court’s opinion, and was joined by Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

Protesters called on Congress and the Jan. 6 Committee to investigate the role of Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, in encouraging the Trump administration to challenge the 2020 election results, followed by chants of “lock her up.”

Protesters have periodically gathered outside the homes of conservative justices since Politico published a leaked copy of the Supreme Court’s draft decision last month.

By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff

For those who oppose abortion, Friday’s Supreme Court decision was a long-fought victory. But for abortion rights supporters, the ruling — and its implications — was just as bad as they feared.

Abortion rights activists and liberal-leaning legal scholars say the decision Friday that topples the constitutional right to abortion access in place for nearly a half century is every bit as damaging as the initial draft of the opinion suggested when it was leaked nearly two months ago, rattling much of the country.

By Danny McDonald, Kate Selig and Alexander Thompson, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

Thousands of demonstrators converged on Boston Common and filled downtown streets for a march to Copley Square late Friday afternoon to protest the US Supreme Court ruling that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

Beyond Roe Coalition and MassNOW rally on Boston Common in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Two groups coalesced separately near the State House and the Park Street MBTA station before combining for a circuitous march through downtown to the Boston Public Library, where more protesters waited, chanting slogans such as, “My body, my choice!” and “Separate church and state!”

By Maria Caporizzo, Globe Staff

The Womxn Project HQ, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, partners and others, are gathering at the State House at this hour in response to the US Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade.

People are beginning to gather at the Rhode Island State House this evening in response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, June 24, 2022.Carlos Muñoz

By Jeneé Osterheldt, Globe Columnist

Freedom was never won.

There is no finish line marked free. We are free in both broad strokes and specific spaces under an umbrella of oppression. Liberation is a practice. And we are a nation who only practices power.

Americans made the mistake of believing liberty was the culture of this land and not something they had to continually expand upon and fight to maintain. When your nation is born out of violence, there is no easy escape.

The Supreme Court overturned Roe. A reproductive right, a human right, a right no longer protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Not by the right to privacy nor liberty.

By The Associated Press

Democratic leaders across the nation vowed Friday to help women who travel to seek abortions and to shield patients and medical professionals from being pursued by authorities in states where the procedure becomes outlawed after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

On the West Coast, the Democratic governors of California, Washington and Oregon issued a joint “multi-state commitment,” saying they will work together to defend patients and care providers.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper, also a Democrat, emphasized the importance of the November election in the state where the GOP controls the Legislature but lacks veto-proof majorities to outlaw abortion.

“Democratic governors are the last line of defense against these types of extreme bills,” he said.

It was a strategy echoed by President Joe Biden, who told the nation Friday that Democratic victories at the state level in November could thwart efforts to ban abortion.

“Congress must act, and with your vote, you can act,” Biden said.

By Bloomberg News

Thousands of demonstrators in major cities across the US from New York to Los Angeles held largely peaceful protests in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade. In many places, crowds picked up after people got off work for the day, with protesters chanting, marching and carrying signs.

By The Associated Press

Abortion bans that were put on the books in some states in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned started automatically going into effect Friday, while clinics elsewhere -- including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia -- stopped performing abortions for fear of prosecution, sending women away in tears.

“Some patients broke down and could not speak through their sobbing,” said Katie Quinonez, executive director of West Virginia’s lone abortion clinic, whose staff spent the day calling dozens of patients to cancel their appointments. “Some patients were stunned and didn’t know what to say. Some patients did not understand what was happening.”

Some states, including Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri, had “trigger law” bans on the books that went into effect as soon as Roe fell.

In Alabama, the state’s three abortion clinics stopped performing the procedure for fear providers would now be prosecuted under a law dating to 1951.

At the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, the staff had to tell women in the waiting room Friday morning that they could not perform any more abortions that day. Some had come from as far away as Texas for an appointment.

“A lot of them just started breaking down crying. Can you imagine if you had driven 12 hours to receive this care in this state and you are not able to?” clinic owner Dalton Johnson said. Patients were given a list of out-of-state places still doing abortions.

By Christina Prignano and Daigo Fujiwara, Globe Staff

The final text hewed remarkably close to the draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, so much so that entire passages of the two documents are nearly indistinguishable.

Indeed, a comparison between the two documents by the Globe showed minor changes: A fixed typo here, a formatting change there. But the substance of the argument that Roe and a supporting 1990s-era decision known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey must be thrown out remained intact in the final ruling.

By The New York Times

Few issues are more politically fraught than abortion. So it is notable that the decision by Republican-appointed justices to end a constitutional right to abortion conflicted with the views of a majority of Americans.

In a recent SCOTUSPoll, for example, 62.3 percent of respondents opposed overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that established abortion rights. Just 37.8 percent of respondents believed the Supreme Court should do so.

The nationally representative survey was conducted from March 30 to April 6, before a draft version of the opinion leaked, and polled more than 2,100 adult residents of the United States. It was sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the University of Texas.

By The New York Times

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and give individual states the choice of banning or allowing abortions will most immediately affect the 13 states that have trigger laws or bills expected to soon pass.

These statutes were implemented in anticipation of Friday’s ruling and are written to automatically go into effect following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Some laws are expected to take effect almost immediately, while others are written to take effect about a month after the ruling.

These are the 13 states with trigger laws or bills.

By The Washington Post

The Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade — and revoke the constitutional right to an abortion — has triggered widespread condemnation outside the United States.

World leaders and abortion rights advocates described the ruling as ‘’horrific’' and ‘’appalling.’’

“One of the darkest days for women’s rights in my lifetime,” Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon wrote on Twitter just minutes after the decision was released.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the news was “horrific” and said he couldn’t “imagine the fear and anger” among women losing the right to abortion. “Women must be able to decide freely about their lives,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez wrote on Twitter.

At a news conference in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the decision as “a big step backwards.” The leader of Britain’s right-wing Conservative government added that he had always believed in “a women’s right to choose and I stick to that view.”

In France, President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter that abortion “is a fundamental right for all women.”

“It must be protected,” he said.

“I am very disappointed because women’s rights must be protected,” World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Reuters. “And I would have expected America to protect such rights.”

By The Washington Post

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R, said he will seek to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, moving quickly following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning the constitutional right to an abortion.

Youngkin has asked four Virginia lawmakers - all antiabortion Republicans - to craft legislation, and he said that setting the cutoff at 20 weeks might be necessary to attract more consensus in a divided Capitol. He said he supports exceptions for rape, incest and cases where the life of the mother is at risk.

The moves were a contrast to guarded reactions in deep-blue Washington D.C. and Maryland, where Democratic leaders criticized the ruling and pledged to safeguard abortion access rights. But District Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D, said in an interview that the decision posed a “unique risk” to the federally controlled city, warning that a Republican takeover of Congress next year could lead to new restrictions.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R, said via email that his state passed laws 30 years ago to protect access to abortion. “I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of Maryland, and that is what I have always done and will continue to do as governor,” Hogan said, as calls mounted for the legislature to enshrine the protections in the state constitution.

In Virginia, Youngkin welcomed the high court’s ruling as an “appropriate” return of power to the states.

“Virginians do want fewer abortions as opposed to more abortions,” Youngkin said Friday morning during a meeting with reporters, editors and editorial writers at The Washington Post, moments after the court’s decision was announced. “I am not someone who is going to jump in and try to push us apart . . . There is a place we can come together.”

But the ruling and Youngkin’s policy announcement - his most explicit policy statement to date on an issue he tried to sidestep during last year’s campaign - only seemed to aggravate the partisan divide.

“We hope our Democratic colleagues will reconsider their extremism on the issue of life, and join us in restoring practical, sensible, and reasonable policies that ensure the health and safety of mothers and protect the lives of our most vulnerable Virginians,” the Senate Republican caucus said in a written statement.

A ban after 15 weeks is “out of step with what a major of Virginians want,” state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said Friday at an abortion rights rally in Richmond. “We’re going to say no. We’re going to say to the party that professes to care about parental rights, you will not insert yourself into the decision whether to become a parent in the first place.”

By The Associated Press

With the Supreme Court ending the constitutional protections for abortion, four Democratic lawmakers are asking federal regulators to investigate Apple and Google for allegedly deceiving millions of mobile phone users by enabling the collection and sale of their personal data to third parties.

The decision Friday by the court’s conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half the states. Privacy experts say that could make women vulnerable because their personal data could be used to surveil pregnancies and shared with police or sold to vigilantes. Online searches, period apps, fitness trackers and advice helplines could become rich data sources for such surveillance efforts.

The request for an investigation of the two California-based tech giants came Friday in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan. It was signed by Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Rep. Sara Jacobs of California. It was sent shortly before the Supreme Court announced its decision overturning the 1973 precedent and noted that the court was likely to do so.

“Individuals seeking abortions and other reproductive healthcare will become particularly vulnerable to privacy harms, including through the collection and sharing of their location data,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “Data brokers are already selling, licensing and sharing the location information of people that visit abortion providers to anyone with a credit card.”

They said prosecutors in states where abortion becomes illegal could soon be able to obtain warrants for location information about anyone who has visited an abortion provider.

“Private actors will also be incentivized by state bounty laws to hunt down women who have obtained or are seeking an abortion by accessing location information through shady data brokers,” the lawmakers wrote.

By The New York Times

In Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, the Supreme Court affirmed what it called the central holding of Roe v. Wade: that states may not prohibit abortions before fetal viability, the point when a fetus could survive outside the womb, which is now about 23 weeks.

Three members of the court — Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy and David Souter, all Republican appointees — collaborated on the controlling opinion. “The woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy before viability is the most central principle of Roe v. Wade,” the opinion said.

“We must justify the lines we draw,” the opinion said. “And there is no line other than viability which is more workable.”

But the opinion also revised aspects of the Roe decision in ways that supporters of abortion rights had said would amount to overruling Roe.

Roe had established a framework to govern abortion regulation based on the trimesters of pregnancy. In the first trimester, it allowed almost no regulations. In the second, it allowed regulations to protect women’s health. In the third, it allowed states to ban abortions so long as exceptions were made to protect the life and health of the mother.

The court discarded the trimester framework in 1992 in the Casey decision. In the process, it adopted the now familiar undue burden test, under which the court has sustained restrictions on abortion. But the controlling opinion said the core of Roe survived.

“Our adoption of the undue burden analysis does not disturb the central holding of Roe v. Wade, and we reaffirm that holding,” it said. “Regardless of whether exceptions are made for particular circumstances, a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.”

By Brittany Bowker, Globe Staff

Artists and entertainers across the globe joined the masses who took out their frustrations over the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade online, and criticism also rang out in the local art community.

“I’m absolutely terrified this is where we are,” Taylor Swift tweeted in response to a statement posted by former first lady Michelle Obama. “That after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

By The New York Times

The decision by the conservative majority to end the constitutional right to abortion — overturning landmark rulings like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — has cast a renewed spotlight on what they said on the topic during their confirmation hearings.

Following the standard playbook of most nominees, they all avoided directly stating how they would rule in either case, typically sticking to expressing their belief in the importance of precedent, the legal doctrine of “stare decisis.”

Here is a sampling.

By The New York Times

Abortion rights supporters and major progressive groups are mobilizing a wave of protests Friday afternoon, aiming to make a major display of opposition to the Supreme Court ruling around 5 p.m. local time, two people involved in planning the demonstrations said.

Planned Parenthood is taking a central role with support from groups like Indivisible and MoveOn in organizing the protests. Some of the rallies will take place in front of courthouses.

A website showed rallies planned in dozens of U.S. cities, including Miami, San Antonio, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio. In Sarasota, Florida, the group Women’s Voices is organizing a 12-hour sit-in and protest to “rise up against SCOTUS and the end of Roe.”

Supporters and opponents of Friday’s ruling have already gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Washington.

Opponents of abortion are also gathering in celebrations. Besides those who hailed the ruling outside the Supreme Court, a crowd cheered at the National Right to Life convention in Atlanta when the Supreme Court decision was made public.

By Amanda Kaufman, Globe Staff

Vice President Kamala Harris said Friday that the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade amounts to a “health care crisis” and lamented the loss of access to abortion care for millions.

“Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care that they had this morning,” Harris said. “Without access to the same health care or reproductive health care that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years.”

“This is the first time in the history of our nation that a constitutional right has been taken from the people of America,” Harris continued.

Biden, Democrats lack options to do much on abortion-access vows — 4:03 p.m.

By Bloomberg News

President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are under pressure to enact new policies to ensure US women retain access to abortions, but their options are sorely limited and risk generating new court challenges.

Biden said Friday that his administration will fight to make sure women can travel from states where abortion is outlawed to obtain the procedure in states where it’s legal. H said he also ordered the Health and Human Services Department to ensure abortion drugs are available “to the fullest extent possible.”

Both moves may wind up in court, as some Republican lawmakers have vowed to try to prevent women from traveling out-of-state for abortions and stop abortion drugs from being prescribed or sold within their states.

But despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, there’s little more Democrats can do via executive action or legislation, legal experts say, after the high court wiped out the constitutional right to abortion in a historic ruling. Republicans in the Senate can easily filibuster any bill to replace the rights once secured by Roe, while Biden lacks the power to unilaterally ensure abortion is available nationwide.

And Democrats’ grip on Congress is tenuous, resting on Vice President Kamala Harris”s tie-breaking vote in the Senate. Midterm elections in November are poised to flip control of one or both chambers to the GOP.

Biden acknowledged the limits of his authority in remarks at the White House after the ruling on Friday.

“The only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose, the balance that exists, is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law,” Biden said. “No executive actions from the president can do that.”

In a further admission that the current Congress won’t be able to make Roe law, he added: “Voters need to make their voices heard this fall.”

Biden administration spokespeople declined to answer questions about the details of their response to the Roe decision, and the White House canceled a scheduled briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday without explanation.

Mass. abortion providers predict an influx of out-of-state patients — 3:51 p.m.

By Emma Platoff, Globe Staff

Massachusetts abortion advocates said Friday afternoon that they have been expecting and preparing for an influx of patients from states where the procedure is banned.

Massachusetts, where abortion remains legal, will now need to play “an even more central role” in ensuring access to abortion, said Jessie Rossman, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Providers are ready to do that, advocates said at a news conference Friday afternoon outside the Massachusetts State House. “Our doors are open and they will remain open to anyone who comes to Massachusetts,” said Nate Horwitz-Willis, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts could see a surge of patients coming to us for care, and putting a strain on our existing health care services. We’ve been preparing for this, though,” he added. Planned Parenthood is expanding access to both in-person and telehealth services, particularly for medication abortion, he said.

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Friday’s ruling striking down the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion has advocates and legal scholars wondering if federal rights to same-sex marriage and intimacy and access to contraceptives could be in the sights of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.

Fueling much of the speculation Friday was a passage not from Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in the abortion case, but in a concurring opinion authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, a fellow conservative.

Thomas referenced three landmark Supreme Court cases that codified the right to obtain contraception, the right to same-sex marriage, and the right of adults to engage in private, consensual sexual activity including same-sex intimacy. He wrote that those rulings “are not at issue” in the abortion matter decided Friday.

But Thomas signaled that they soon could be, writing that “we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” the cases pertaining to contraception, gay intimacy, and same-sex marriage, respectively.

By The Associated Press

The Democratic governors of California, Washington and Oregon on Friday vowed to protect reproductive rights and help women who travel to the West Coast seeking abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The three states are building a “West Coast offense” to protect patients’ access to reproductive care, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a video statement announcing the plans along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

The states issued a joint " multi-state commitment,” saying they will work together to defend patients and medical professionals providing reproductive health care.

They also pledged to “protect against judicial and local law enforcement cooperation with out-of-state investigations, inquiries and arrests” regarding abortions performed in their states.

The liberal West Coast states anticipate an influx of people seeking abortions, especially as neighboring conservative states move to outlaw or greatly restrict the procedure.

“More than half the nation’s population now lacks safe access to a medical procedure that only a patient and their doctor can and should make for themselves,” Inslee said in a statement. “Washington state remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting the ability and right of every patient who comes to our state in need of abortion care.”

By Emma Platoff, Globe Staff

A steely and determined Elizabeth Warren on Friday afternoon called on the Biden administration to look to federal lands as opportunities to protect abortion access in states that ban the procedure.

Biden and congressional Democrats should “explore just how much we can start using federal lands as a way to protect people who need access to abortions in all the states that either have banned abortions or are clearly on the threshold of doing so,” the Democratic Senator told reporters at a news conference outside the Massachusetts State House.

Specifically, Warren said the Biden administration should examine whether abortions could be offered on federal land even within states that have banned the procedure.

"Roe is dead": Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at rally in front of Massachusetts State House

By Amanda Kaufman, Globe Staff

Senator Susan Collins of Maine suggested on Friday that she was misled by two of the justices she voted to confirm who joined the majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In a statement, Collins said the Supreme Court decision is “inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon.”

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, and he was joined by Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Collins voted to confirm Donald Trump appointees Kavanaugh and Gorsuch to the court.

Collins faced renewed criticism for her votes to confirm the two justices after she came under fire in May when Politico published a draft of the Supreme Court’s opinion overturning Roe that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch signed onto.

By Bloomberg News

Major abortion providers have stopped offering the procedures in Texas after the state’s attorney general declared them illegal following Friday morning’s landmark US Supreme Court decision.

Whole Woman’s Health, which operates a nationwide chain of clinics in cities that include the Texas capital of Austin, scrambled to cancel hundreds of appointments at its four clinics around the state. Planned Parenthood also said it was putting abortion services on pause while its legal team reviews options.

The announcements came after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared abortion procedures immediately illegal based on his reading of a pre-Roe state statute. Paxton tweeted the news less than an hour after the nation’s high court overturned the 1973 abortion-rights case Roe v. Wade.

Whole Woman’s Health has been calling clients to tell them not come in, said Chief Executive Officer Amy Hagstrom Miller. Many are asking to be placed on a waiting list in case something changes.

“We don’t agree with Ken Paxton about the interpretation of the criminal abortion ban, but to protect our staff and to protect our patients from the hostile elected officials in Texas, we have ceased providing abortion care today in order to protect our staff and our patients,” Miller said. “If we can reopen, we will as soon as possible in order to resume care in the state of Texas.”

Miller said Whole Woman’s Health has mo re than 50 people, including physicians, working in Texas, and that the court ruling is “blocking those people from their life’s work.” She added that before Friday’s decision, some employees anticipating the ruling might come next week had offered to work extra weekend hours helping patients.

“Our whole company turns to our Texas staff for inspiration on a daily basis, and these teams have said we are going to be here until the end, until we are no longer allowed to provide abortion services,” Miller said.

Pausing abortion care is “the right thing to do so we have time to assure Planned Parenthood remains compliant with the law,” Jeffrey Hons, CEO of Planned Parenthood South Texas, said during a call with reporters.

By Mike Damiano and Kate Selig, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

Even in a liberal state like Massachusetts, the Supreme Court’s decision laid bare the ideological divide between the pro–abortion rights majority and the relatively small, but vocal anti-abortion minority.

The decision was, for one side, “a devastating ruling” with pernicious national consequences, as the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts put it in a blog post Friday morning, or, for the other, a long overdue correction of “a grave and unjust abuse of judicial power” in the words of Myrna Maloney Flynn, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the state’s leading anti-abortion group.

By James Pindell, Globe Staff

The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the nation’s landmark abortion rights decision on Friday doesn’t end the debate over abortion. It inflames it.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum of abortion rights, there’s one word that sums what happens next for anyone engaged in this battle: fight. Those taking to the streets in protest chant “fight, fight, fight” as they demonstrate against an affront to women. Those who don’t favor abortion rights and are celebrating the decision also want to fight, in some cases for a nationwide ban.

But unlike in the past, the battlefield is no longer in the courts. After all, the Supreme Court is unlikely to change its conservative majority anytime soon, and even if it did, it is unclear how soon the justices would take up the topic again.

By Kate Selig, Globe Correspondent

Mothers and daughters processed the SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade together on Wednesday, with some mothers worrying for their daughters’ safety while their daughters turned their attention to future advocacy.

Emily Gallagher, a recent Colby graduate, and her mom, Sue Gallagher, found out about the decision while driving down from Vermont to visit Emily’s brother at Northeastern. Emily saw the news on her phone and immediately told her mom. Sue’s reaction? “Oh my god.”

Emily said, “It’s such a mix of emotions. I’m so angry. So sad. It’s awful.”

Sue added, “I guess it’s okay that you can go out and buy guns and shoot people, but now, it’s not okay to take care of your body as a woman. There’s something wrong with that.”

Priya Alagiri, who has three daughters, was also dismayed by the decision and said she is worried for her children’s future.

”They’re young. This decision is really going to impact them,” she said. “I’m fearful that more and more rights that we took for granted when I grew up are going to disappear.”

Alagiri visited Northeastern on Friday with her daughter, Leena Hussein, a rising senior at a Bay Area high school. Hussein described the decision as “scary” and said she anticipates protests.

”This 6-3 vote is not an accurate representation of the country,” she said.

Mia Caldwell, a rising junior at Harvard, found out about the decision when her mother came into her room with tears in her eyes. Caldwell’s immediate fear was for friends her age in red states; for her mother, the pain came from watching hard-won progress rolled back.

”For my generation, it’s a loss of all the progress we made in our ideals and our feeling that things are going in the right direction,” said Andrea Silbert, Caldwell’s mother.

Silbert, who leads the Eos Foundation, works in the social change sector addressing the feminization of poverty. Caldwell now picks up the torch; she is already thinking of ways to help, such as by educating young women on the necessity of birth control.

”We’re all fighting, doing anything we can to help,” Caldwell said. “All people my age want to do more.”

By Bloomberg News

Republican bastions long hostile to abortion celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision that ended the nationwide right to the procedure, with Texas and Missouri immediately declaring the practice to be illegal in those states.

Democratic leaders in states including New York vowed to shore up reproductive rights. California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint statement pledging to defend access to abortion on the West Coast and allow residents of other states to access care there.

The high court’s momentous ruling means that laws regarding one of the most hotly contested social issues in the U.S. will now mostly be decided on a state-by-state basis, so that whether women have access to the procedure will be determined by where they live.

Texas and Missouri were among 26 states considered “certain or likely” to ban or limit abortion in the post-Roe era, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Twenty-two of those states have laws or constitutional amendments to prohibit the procedure. The other four have political composition or have taken recent action that indicates they would limit access, according to Guttmacher.

Nine states -- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin -- had an abortion ban on the books before the 1973 Roe decision. Thirteen -- Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming -- have so-called trigger bans, in which a law would or could take effect automatically in the absence of Roe.

By Emily Sweeney, Globe Staff

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision, calling it “deeply significant and encouraging.”

In a lengthy 774-word post that was shared on the Archdiocese of Boston’s Facebook page, O’Malley said the decision marked a new chapter “in our legislative and legal forums” while acknowledging that the public debate over the issue would continue.

“I welcome the Court’s decision, but I do not underestimate how profoundly divisive the issue of abortion has been and will continue to be in our public life,” O’Malley said in the statement. “Even more tragic has been the personal suffering of women facing unplanned pregnancies in difficult situations. The Church has consistently opposed the moral and legal dimensions of Roe v. Wade; we also adamantly reject stigmatizing, criminalizing, judging or shaming women who have had abortions or are considering them. Too often isolated and desperate, women have felt they had no other choice. They need and deserve spiritual, emotional, and material support from the Church and from society.”

By Bloomberg News

Some of the most recognized companies in the US indicated that they would extend coverage of out-of-state medical care, decisions that will cover more than a million employees after the Supreme Court overturned a half-century-old ruling that protected abortion rights.

Bellwether corporations from the worlds of finance, media, technology and health care said they would bankroll travel for workers who need access to safe, legal abortions and other procedures. The court’s decision overturned a decades-old precedent that backers say reshaped the modern economy by increasing opportunities for women.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the US, will pay for its employees to travel to another state if needed to obtain a legal abortion, according to information that was sent to all US employees this month. The benefit will go into effect July 1.

Meta Platforms Inc., the owner of Facebook and Instagram, will reimburse

Clinics in Alabama, Texas, and West Virginia stop performing abortions for fear of prosecution — 6: p.m. care and reproductive services,” according to a spokesperson. The social-networking giant said it’s assessing how to do that, “given the legal complexities involved.”

Walt Disney Co., which has been mired in disputes with conservative leaders over its support for LGBTQ people, said it will cover the cost of travel for employees who can’t access the care they need in their state. Health-care companies CVS Health Corp. and Biogen Inc. also said that they are making out-of-state medical care including abortion accessible for their employees. CVS had its plans in place prior to Friday’s decision, a spokesman said.

Those big employers joined peers including Microsoft Corp., which reiterated similar plans after the court’s ruling Friday, that have said in recent weeks they would grant such coverage to workers.

By The Washington Post

As Republicans across the United States are celebrating the Supreme Court decision Friday to overturn the fundamental right to an abortion established in Roe v. Wade, former Vice President Mike Pence is calling for a national ban on the procedure, while former President Donald Trump argued the court’s decision is “something that will work out for everybody.”

In an interview with Breitbart News, Pence said that the Supreme Court voting 6 to 3 to uphold a restrictive Mississippi law banning almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy “has given the American people a new beginning for life, and I commend the justices in the majority for having the courage of their convictions.”

After saying that “life won” on Friday, Pence, who is considered a potential GOP contender in the 2024 presidential election, went one step further by arguing the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health should lead to a national ban on abortion.

“Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged, and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and the support for women in crisis pregnancy centers to every state in America,” he said to Breitbart. “Having been given this second chance for Life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land.”

Pence’s remarks came as Trump praised the Supreme Court’s decision in a Friday interview with Fox News.

“This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago,” Trump told the network. “I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody.”

Trump made three appointments to the Supreme Court - Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett - that tilted the high court 6-to-3 in conservatives’ favor. While in office, Trump billed himself as “the most pro-life president in American history,” and he garnered support from right-wing religious groups and antiabortion activists because of his moves to curb abortion rights.

Asked on Fox News about his role in the Supreme Court’s decision, Trump said, “God made the decision.”

By Diti Kohli, Globe Staff

Though the procedure is codified in Massachusetts, abortion advocates are fighting for the return of far-reaching federal protections and skewering the six justices who voted to strike down the existing law.

Here are the details on upcoming events.

By The Associated Press

President Joe Biden is warning that Supreme Court opinion that overturns access to abortion could undermine contraception and gay marriage rights.

The president objects to a concurring opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, who explicitly called on his colleagues to put the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage, gay sex and even contraception cases on the table.

Biden says, “This is an extreme and dangerous path the court is now taking us on.”

Thomas was part of the majority overturning Roe v Wade.

Biden says, “My administration will remain vigilant as the implications of this decision play out. I’ve warned about how this decision risks the broader right to privacy for everyone. That’s because Roe recognized the fundamental right to privacy that has served as a basis for so many more rights that we have come to take for granted.”

By Alexa Gagosz, Globe Staff

Many Rhode Island politicians and reproductive health advocates say Rhode Island should have done more to protect abortion access in the state.

”Make no mistake about it: today’s Supreme Court decision will not stop abortions,” said Governor Dan McKee in a Twitter thread. “It will only make them less safe. It’s time for Congress to act and support a woman’s right to choose, just like Rhode Island has done.”

By Samantha J. Gross, Globe Staff

Former state representatives Geoff Diehl and Leah Allen, who are running as a slate for governor and lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, said in a statement that they support the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the constitutional right to abortion.

“We both believe in protecting innocent life wherever possible,” they said in a statement, saying the decision “takes the question of abortion and places it in the province of the states, where it belongs.”

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

The court upheld a Mississippi abortion law that brought the issue to the court, but Chief Justice John Roberts criticized his conservative colleagues, saying they had gone too far by completely overturning Roe and Casey.

Justice Samuel A. Alito wrote the opinion, and he was joined by Clarence Thomas, Brett M. Kavanaugh, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.

Roberts wrote a concurring opinion, saying he didn’t agree with the majority opinion but supported the judgment in the case. Thomas and Kavanaugh also wrote concurring opinions, further outlining their views.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Globe Staff

WASHINGTON — The street in front of the Supreme Court turned into a crowded mix of party and protest Friday morning as people on both sides of the abortion debate flowed there after the justices released their decision overturning the landmark Roe v Wade decision.

“I’m literally walking on air,” said Noah Slayter, 20, a college student from Manassas, Virginia as he and other abortion opponents celebrated the end of the federal guarantee of the right to abortion. He was already in place before the decision was announced as part of a group called Students for Life that is holding a leadership conference in Washington this weekend.

By Amanda Kaufman, Globe Staff

President Biden on Friday slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the ruling a “tragic error” and warning the “health and life of women in this nation are now at risk” in the wake of the elimination of the constitutional right to an abortion.

“It’s a sad day for the court and for the country,” Biden said.

Biden added that “the court has done what it’s never done before — expressly taking away a constitution right that is so fundamental to so many Americans.”

Biden called on Congress to restore the protections enshrined in Roe v. Wade as federal law and encouraged voters to elect senators, representatives, and state officials who will vote to restore abortion access.

“This fall, Roe is on the ballot,” Biden said.

The president said he will “do all in my power to protect a women’s right in states where they will face the consequences of today’s decision.”

“This decision must not be the final word,” he concluded. “My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers. But Congress must act. And with your vote, you can act. You can have the final word. This is not over.”

"The court has done what it has never done before—expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans."

Only abortion clinic in West Virginia no longer performing abortions — 12:31 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The only abortion clinic in West Virginia is no longer performing abortions as of Friday.

Katie Quinonez, executive director of Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, said the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling issued Friday that allows states to ban abortion is making an immediate, hard-felt impact.

The state has an abortion ban law on the books that makes providing abortions a felony carrying three to 10 years of prison time.

“Roe has never been enough, but in states like West Virginia, it was the only thing protecting abortion access,”

She says West Virginians will be forced to travel hundreds or thousands of miles away from home to access health care and that marginalized communities will be hurt the most.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Republican Gov. Jim Justice applauded the high court’s decision Friday. Justice said he “will not hesitate” to call the Legislature into a special session if the state abortion law needs to be clarified.

Attorney general says Justice Department will work to protect abortion providers and patients — 12:23 p.m.

By The Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will work to protect and advance reproductive freedom.”

He made the statement Friday, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion constitutionally legal. The high court’s ruling means states will be able to ban abortion, and about half are expected to do so.

Merrick said in a statement that the agency would protect providers and those seeking abortions in states where it is legal. He also said he would stand by the approved use by the Food and Drug Administration of the drug Mifepristone for medication abortions.

More than 90% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and more than half are now done with pills, not surgery, according to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

President Biden will speak shortly. Watch it live. — 12:15 p.m.

By Globe Staff

President Biden is going to address the country after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Watch it live here.

By Samantha J. Gross, Globe Staff

In response to a Supreme Court ruling that ended constitutional protections for abortion, Governor Charlie Baker Friday signed an executive order that he says will “protect reproductive health care providers who serve out-of-state residents.”

The executive order bans state agencies from assisting another state’s investigation into a person or group for receiving or performing abortions that are legal in Massachusetts or extraditing those patients or providers. The order addresses laws imposed in states that criminalize abortions and other services.

Abortion remains legal in Massachusetts and the rest of New England. Under state law, abortion is legal until 24 weeks of pregnancy, and after that in some circumstances.

By Anissa Gardizy, Globe Staff

The Supreme Court’s decision is likely to restrict access to abortions at a time when abortion pills, as they are called, just became easier for some people to obtain. In certain states, including Massachusetts, residents can get pills that induce an abortion mailed to their home after participating in a telehealth appointment — without the need to see a physician to pick up the medication in person.

Here’s what you need to know about abortion pills and how the Supreme Court’s decision could affect access to them.

By Liz Goodwin, Globe Staff

WASHINGTON — Within minutes of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Democrats began arguing they need bigger majorities in Congress to be able to legalize abortion nationwide.

“The ultimate recourse for the American people is to expand majorities in the House and Senate that will do whatever it takes to codify Roe into law and expand access to safe, legal abortion nationwide,” Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The House has already passed a bill to protect a right to abortion nationwide, but the Senate, which only has 50 Democrats and requires 60 votes for most legislation to pass, has not done so.

On Friday morning, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a moderate Democrat who has opposed codifying Roe in the past, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the decision and signaled he would support the move now that the court struck the right down.

“Let me be clear, I support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected,” Manchin said in a statement. “I am hopeful Democrats and Republicans will come together to put forward a piece of legislation that would do just that.”

No Senate Republican has said they would support that bill, although moderate GOP Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski previously said they could back a different version of the bill that is narrower than what the House passed.

For now, Democrats appear to be using the message of legalizing abortion nationwide to motivate voters ahead of the midterm elections, even if they don’t have the votes to pass it.

“Send me to the U.S. Senate, and I’d *proudly* vote to codify Roe v. Wade into law,” Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman wrote on Twitter.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned reporters that she believed Republicans would go after access to contraception and ban abortion nationwide.

“They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that,” she said.

By Felice J. Freyer, Globe Staff

Even before today’s ruling, providers in Massachusetts were seeing patients from Texas seeking abortions, raising concerns about Massachusetts residents’ access to abortion as slots fill up, said Dr. Katharine White, a family planning specialist at Boston Medical Center and obstetrics and gynecology professor at the Boston University School of Medicine.

“We are already seeing the impact of increasing state restrictions on abortion even before Roe fell this morning,” White said. “Patients with the financial means to travel are already traveling to Boston, which is going to decrease access here. Everybody is going to wait longer to get care.”

As a result, patients with pregnancy-related illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension will get sicker, “placing their own health and sometimes life at risk,” White said.

“Every abortion-providing center right now is thinking about how they can hire additional providers ans well as training advance practice clinicians,” White said. Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants are now authorized to perform abortions.

By The Associated Press

Outside the Supreme Court, a crowd of abortion supporters swelled to the hundreds after the ruling was issued. One chanted into a bullhorn, “legal abortion on demand” and “this decision must not stand.”

By The Associated Press

Former President Barack Obama has condemned the U.S. Supreme Court ending constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years.

Obama said on Twitter that the decision is tantamount to an attack on freedoms for millions of Americans. The court’s conservative majority overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. The decision is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

Three of the court’s liberal justices wrote in a joint dissent that the decision would bring “sorrow” for the many millions of American women who will be losing a “fundamental constitutional protection.”

By The Associated Press

President Joe Biden will speak from the White House on Friday about the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The remarks, which are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EDT, will outline his approach to this new phase of the fight over abortion access.

The White House has been preparing for this moment since a draft of the decision leaked in May. Officials have been huddling with state leaders, advocates, health care professionals and others to prepare for a future without Roe v. Wade.

Now Biden’s plans will be tested in terms of politics and policy.

By Samantha J. Gross, Globe Staff

Almost immediately after the ruling was made public, Massachusetts political leaders and statewide candidates slammed the decision, characterizing the Friday announcement as a bleak moment, even in a state with some of the strongest abortion protections.

Attorney General Maura Healey, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, said Friday that the Supreme Court decision overturning the right to an abortion is “a dark day in history” and promised that as governor, she will do “everything in my power” to keep abortion legal in Massachusetts.

“For nearly 50 years, the constitutional right to abortion has saved lives,” she wrote on Twitter. “It is freedom, healing, and the chance to live your life on your own terms. That will never change, which is why we can never give up on realizing this freedom for all.”

Former candidate and state senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, who ended her gubernatorial bid Thursday morning, called the ruling “indefensible and violent.”

In recent years, Massachusetts has repealed antiabortion measures and expanded access to abortion, helping ensure it remains legal here regardless of federal judicial action. The state Senate’s spending bill this year aims to go further protect those here who perform abortions or gender-affirming care from being prosecuted in states that will restrict such procedures upon the highest court’s ruling. That includes shielding them from penalties, spikes in medical insurance, or being extradited to states that would seek to punish them.

House leaders have also raised the prospect of pursuing a separate, more sweeping piece of legislation to secure abortion rights in the state.

The three Democrats vying to be the state’s lawyer made promises to protect the abortion protections on the books in Massachusetts, some of the strongest in the nation.

Attorney general candidate and former Boston city councilor Andrea Campbell tweeted Friday: “We should all be angry.”

“This decision undermines DECADES of precedent and progress on reproductive rights, and while we are protected here in Massachusetts, it will disproportionately harm women of color and low income residents across the nation,” she wrote. “Here in Massachusetts, we will not give in. As Attorney General, I’ll fight like hell to protect and expand reproductive care so Massachusetts remains a leader and haven for those seeking care across the country.”

Labor attorney and candidate Shannon Liss-Riordan said she was “horrified by the Supreme Court’s egregious attack” and promised that as attorney general, she would enforce the laws on the books in Massachusetts, and work with attorneys general across the country on protecting abortion rights in other states.

Former state prosecutor and candidate Quentin Palfrey tweeted: “I am appalled. I am devastated. I am angry. But I am not surprised.”

“Radical conservatives have been plotting for years to stack the courts with extremist justices in order to bring about this very result,” he wrote.

By Kate Selig, Globe Correspondent

Maya Mudgal, 21, said she was “[expletive] devastated” to see the news of the decision.

A rising fifth-year student at Northeastern, she said she anticipates abortion will continue to be protected in Massachusetts, but she worries for people living elsewhere where access will be severely restricted or banned.

“As someone who could get pregnant, and as someone who doesn’t want to be pregnant, it limits the places that I will be able to live in my life. It limits a lot of the decisions I’ll be able to make in my life,” she said. “And that’s coming from a place of immense privilege. It’s really difficult to think about what other people are going to have to go through to access critical care.”

“This is going to hit hardest for people who already have the hardest time accessing abortions,” she added. “Rich people and white people are always going to be able to access abortions, and for everyone else, it’s going to get a lot fucking harder.”

Lily Elwood, 21, woke up this morning and found out about the news from a New York Times Instagram post. She’s worried the decision will open the door for the Supreme Court to roll back other protections, such as the right to contraception.

“It’s disgusting,” she said. “I’m really appalled. I’m not surprised at all, but it’s very upsetting.”

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Some legal experts Friday blasted the Supreme Court decision that ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years, a ruling that’s expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, while conservative jurists praised the highly anticipated decision.

By Alexa Gagosz, Globe Staff

In Rhode Island, lawmakers in 2019 passed the Reproductive Privacy Act, which protects the legal right to an abortion in Rhode Island, even if Roe v. Wade is weakened or overturned.

Here are the protections Rhode Islanders have — and do not have — under state law.

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

The Supreme Court opinion, overturning nearly 50 years of precedence, dealt an emotional blow to those who work in reproductive rights even though the ruling had been forecast by the publication of Justice Alito’s draft opinion in May by Politico.

“I’m devastated,” said an emotional Rebecca Hart Holder, executive director of Reproductive Equity Now. “I’m devastated for our daughters, for all the people that had abortions scheduled today. I’m devastated for our future.”

Reproductive rights advocates are planning an afternoon press conference outside the State House.

“This dangerous and chilling decision will have devastating consequences across the country, forcing people to travel hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles for care or remain pregnant,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. “This is a dark day for our country, but we’ve been preparing for this. In Massachusetts, abortion will remain legal and protected under state law.”

By Diti Kohli, Globe Staff

The Supreme Court Friday overturned Roe v. Wade Friday, ending decades-old constitutional protection for abortion and opening the doors for states to ban the procedure.

The decision was met with anger and grief online — from prominent politicians, activists for reproductive rights, and everyday women. Pro-life activists are celebrating a monumental victory.

Here are a few.

By Dharna Noor, Globe Staff

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has some climate justice activists enraged.

”I don’t have the words to express the grief, anger and disappointment in our institutions I feel,” said Varshini Prakash, executive director of the youth climate organization the Sunrise Movement, in a statement.

She said she fears that Democrats’ resistance to codifying Roe v Wade could alienate young voters and cost the party seats in upcoming elections.

“What is the point of having a Democratic trifecta if they don’t fight for us when extremists are ripping away our rights,” she said.

By Anjali Huynh, Globe Correspondent

“There’s no point in saying good morning because it certainly is not one,” US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began in her weekly press conference, shortly after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade Friday morning.

Pelosi strongly denounced the Court’s ruling that she said came from a “radical Supreme Court,” calling it a “slap in the face” to women.

“The harm is endless. What this means to women is such an insult,” she said. “It’s a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make their own decisions about their reproductive freedom.”

Pelosi said she will continue to push efforts in Congress to “overcome this extremism,” later noting that the House has passed legislation to codify the right to an abortion.

She echoed other Democrats who have called for voters to take their anger to the polls in November, saying that Republicans are “plotting a nationwide abortion ban.”

“A woman’s right to choose, to reproductive freedom is on the ballot in November,” she said. “We cannot allow them to take charge so they can institute their goal, which is to criminalize reproductive freedom.”

In addition to repeatedly speaking of the “hypocrisy” from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans, Pelosi explicitly condemned the Court’s justices throughout her remarks. She called the current make-up “radical,” “Trumpian” and said they had “achieved their dark, extreme goal.”

Pelosi specifically addressed Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion, in which he suggested that the Court reconsider cases concerning contraception and same-sex marriage.

“I have always said the termination of a pregnancy is just their opening act,” she said, also noting that it was “stunning” to see Chief Justice John Roberts vote with the majority.

She concluded the conference by speaking to the need for women to mobilize and “make their voices hard,” saying, “This is extremism to the nth degree, and I think the power of women will be felt very strongly in this.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "What [the Supreme Court’s ruling] means to women is such an insult. It’s a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment."

Anti-abortion activists celebrate Supreme Court decision — 10:50 a.m.

By Stephanie Ebbert and Mike Damiano, Globe Staff

Anti-abortion activists worked for nearly half a century for the historic reversal of abortion rights on Friday morning.

“Today, the ability to determine whether and when to limit abortion was returned to the American people who have every right to enact laws like Mississippi’s which protect mothers and unborn babies after 15 weeks - when they have fully formed noses, can suck their thumb, and feel pain,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement. “We are so grateful to the countless pro-life people of goodwill who contributed and sacrificed to make today possible – including the millions of those who have marched for life over the years - and we recognize that this is just the beginning of our work to advance policies that protect life.”

The March for Life, an annual rally held in Washington D.C. since 1974 to oppose abortion, will continue, she said, “until abortion is unthinkable because equality begins in the womb.”

“This is a moment that life advocates have worked tirelessly for throughout the past half-century,” said Myrna Maloney Flynn, president of the state’s leading anti-abortion group, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, in a statement released to the media. “A grave and unjust abuse of judicial power has been corrected.”

In an interview before the decision, Maloney Flynn said that although the overturning of Roe would not substantially affect policy in Massachusetts, she hoped that the decision would present an opportunity for dialog about the future of abortion policy.

Her group, which she said was founded the day after the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, will try to persuade Massachusetts residents that the science of fetal development lends support to the anti-abortion position. “It’s been an uphill battle and it will continue to be an uphill battle,” she said.

The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade. What happens now? — 10:46 a.m.

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

The new ruling, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, upholds Mississippi’s state law barring abortion after 15 weeks, overturns nearly 50 years of precedent, and returns the most divisive issue in American politics to the state level.

Here’s a look at what comes next.

By Christina Prignano and Ryan Huddle, Globe Staff

The guaranteed right to an abortion, enshrined in US law for nearly 50 years, has now been erased, kicking the issue back to states and allowing them to set abortion law as they see fit.

Here’s a review of what abortion access could look like now that Roe is overturned, based on existing laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

By Shelley Murphy and Tonya Alanez, Globe Staff

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and its guaranteed right to an abortion, a ruling that was expected after a draft opinion was leaked in May, when it sent shock waves across the country.

But those who’ve been watching the abortion rights debate closely were not surprised that this conservative majority would eviscerate what had been a constitutional right for nearly 50 years.

Here is a look at key moments that brought us to Roe’s demise.

By The Associated Press

Justice Samuel Alito, in the final opinion issued Friday, wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed the right to abortion, were wrong the day they were decided and must be overturned.

Read it here:

By The Associated Press

The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.