Washington (AFP) – Divine intervention or ‘tragic error’ endangering the health of millions of women: Reactions to the US Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to strike down constitutional abortion protections have illustrated the country’s deep divisions.
Here are some key quotes.
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Former Republican President Donald Trump:
“God made the decision.”
“I think ultimately it’s something that will work for everyone.”
“It brings everything back to the states where it always belonged.”
Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence:
“Now that Roe v. Wade has been relegated to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged and it behooves all who cherish the sanctity of life to decide that we will take the defense of the unborn child.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List:
“After 50 years of lobbying, building centers of hope to serve pregnant women, kneeling prayers, kneeling marches and ensuring that the powerful pro-life voice can be heard in our elections, we have arrived. A culmination day of so much, and the first day of a bright pro-life future for our nation.”
Democratic President Joe Biden:
“It is a sad day for the court and for the country.”
“The court did what it had never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans.”
“This is a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court in my view.”
Former Democratic President Barack Obama:
“Today the Supreme Court not only overturned nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision anyone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues – attacking the essential freedoms of millions of people. ‘Americans.’
Former First Lady Michelle Obama:
“I am heartbroken that we are now destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe became the law of the land – a time when women risked losing their lives by having illegal abortions.”
Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the United States:
“We know you may be feeling a lot right now – pain, anger, confusion. Whatever you feel is okay. We are here with you – and we will never stop. to fight for you.”
Amnesty International USA:
“Abortion is a human right. For everyone. Everywhere. We will never stop fighting.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
“The news coming out of the United States is horrible. My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are about to lose their legal right to abortion. I cannot imagine the fear and anger you feel at this moment. “
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson:
“I think it’s a big step back. I’ve always believed in a woman’s right to choose and I hold to that view, and that’s why the UK has the laws that he has.”
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet:
“This is a blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.”
“More than 50 countries with previously restrictive laws have liberalized their abortion laws in the past 25 years.
“With today’s decision, the United States is sadly moving away from this progressive trend.”
French President Emmanuel Macron:
“They need to be protected. I express my solidarity with the women whose freedoms are today challenged by the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
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