Local lawmakers, organizations react to Roe v. Wade decision

Today's Supreme Court decision

FRIDAY, January 24, 2022— Lawmakers and organizations across the country are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed the right to an abortion.

The court ruled Friday that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion,” and the reaction to this news has been heard nationwide.  

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho published a statement calling the consequences of the decision “devastating.” The organization also said this ruling will “fall largely on people who already face the greatest barriers to health care due to this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination.”  

The company’s CEO released a similar statement: 

“By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has now officially given politicians permission to control what patients can do with their bodies,” CEO Karl Eastlund said. “This dangerous and chilling decision will have devastating consequences for the patients we serve in Idaho and across the country, forcing people to travel hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles for care or remain pregnant.”

This testament is echoed by congresswoman Pramila Jayapal who represents Washington’s 7th district.

“I am outraged for what this will mean for those who need abortion care — particularly those who will be most harmed by this decision: Black and Brown women, those who live in rural areas or have lower incomes and can’t afford to cross state lines for care, young people and LGBTQ people, and women in abusive relationships,” she said.

Governor Jay Inslee released the following statement:

“The law remains unchanged in Washington state, but the threat to patient access and privacy has never been more dangerous. Even in Washington state, Republicans have introduced about 40 bills in the past six years to roll back abortion rights and access to reproductive care. The right of choice should not depend on which party holds the majority, but that’s where we find ourselves. 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.”

Other individuals welcome this decision, including Idaho Governor Brad Little. 

“I join many in Idaho and across the country today in welcoming the high court’s long awaited decision upholding state sovereignty and protecting preborn lives,” said Governor Brad Little.  

Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers called it a “momentous” day in American history for the “dignity and sanctity of every human life.:

Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington’s 4th District in Congress, called the decision a “victory.”

He said, “I am proudly pro-life and will continue to to work to protect the lives of innocent children.”

Noteable democrats have released several statements. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the rights of women and all Americans “are on the ballot this November,” and warned what could happen if Republicans take control of Congress. She also called the decision a slap in the face to all women

Former President Barack Obama said that the Supreme Court “relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues.”  

His wife Michelle Obama also released a full statement via Twitter.