Pelosi on SCOTUS abortion ruling: ‘Slap in the face to women’

At a press conference on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old ruling that legalized abortion. Pelosi blamed Republicans for the ruling and said, “American women today have less freedom than their mothers.”

Video transcript

NANCY PELOSI: There's no point in saying good morning because it certainly is not one. This morning, the radical Supreme Court is eviscerating Americans' rights and endangering their health and safety. But the Congress will continue to act to overcome this extremism and protect the American people.

Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved their dark, extreme goal of repealing the way a woman's right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican Party, their supermajority in the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers. With Roe and their attempt to destroy it, radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom.

In the Congress-- be aware of this-- the Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that, but that's their goal. And if you read-- and again, we're all studying all this-- but you read what is very clear. One of the justices had his own statement. It's about contraception, in vitro fertilization, family planning. That is all what will spring from their decision that they made today.

It's such a contradiction. Yesterday, the states cannot make laws governing the constitutional right to bear arms. And today, they're saying the exact reverse, that the states can overturn a constitutional right-- for 50 years, a constitutional right-- for one having the right to choose.

The hypocrisy is raging, but the harm is endless. What this means to women is such an insult. It's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make their own decisions about their reproductive freedom.

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