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‘A sad day’ – Joe Biden condemns quashing of Roe v Wade and court’s ‘extreme ideology’

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A woman demonstrates in Los Angeles, California after the overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

A woman demonstrates in Los Angeles, California after the overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

A woman demonstrates in Los Angeles, California after the overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

US president Joe Biden has condemned the “extreme ideology” of the Supreme Court after it ruled to overturn Roe v Wade yesterday

It’s a sad day for the court and for the country,” he said,

Mr Biden addressed the nation just after 12.30pm from the presidential podium after the nation’s highest court issued its ruling which wipes out the constitutional right to abortion access for millions of Americans.

“They didn’t limit it, they simply took it away. That’s never been done to a right so important to so many Americans. But they did.”

Mr Biden said Roe v Wade had given women the right to make “intensely personal decisions with their doctor, free from the influence of politics”.

Biden condemns ‘sad day’ as Roe v Wade overturned by ‘extreme’ Supreme Court

“It reaffirmed basic principles of love, that women have the power to control their own destiny. And it reinforced a fundamental right of privacy.”

Yesterday morning, the US Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation, with the justices ruling 6-3 to strike down the constitutional right to an abortion codified under the 1973 ruling Roe v Wade and strengthened in the 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v Casey.

The Supreme Court decision has sent the powers over abortion rights back to individual states, where many Republican-led states had already put “trigger laws” in place to prohibit or severely restrict abortions in the eventuality that the Roe law was overturned.

Mr Biden said he had studied Roe v Wade carefully.

“It was a decision on a complex matter, and drew a careful balance between a woman’s right to choose early in her pregnancy, and the state’s ability to regulate later in the pregnancy.”

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe – as well as the 1992 ruling on Planned Parenthood v Casey that further cemented abortion as a constitutional right in the US – was “egregiously wrong” and “must be overruled”.

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“Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.

“And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

In their dissent, liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan blasted the decision.

“With sorrow – for this court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection – we dissent,” they wrote.

The final ruling comes over a month after a draft majority opinion was leaked on May 2, revealing the court’s intentions to overturn abortion rights.

Biden condemns ‘sad day’ as Roe v Wade overturned by ‘extreme’ Supreme Court


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