On Monday night, a draft decision of the imminent Supreme Court ruling on Mississippi’s 15-week-abortion ban leaked, indicating that justices had privately voted in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, which protects the right to end a pregnancy up until fetal viability. While it’s exactly the decision that the conservative-leaning Supreme Court was expected to make this coming June, it is no less chilling to see it come to fruition. Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court within hours, and they were joined by bigger crowds Tuesday morning. At some point, Senator Elizabeth Warren stopped by and was captured in a video outside the building looking just about ready to explode. “I am angry,” she told the reporter holding the camera, at one point shouting over pro-life protesters behind her. “I’m angry and upset and determined. The United States Congress can keep Roe v. Wade the law of the land. They just need to do it.”
Republicans have been working towards this day for decades. They have been out there plotting, carefully cultivating these Supreme Court justices so they could have a majority on the bench who would accomplish something that the majority of Americans do not want. 69 percent of people across this country, red states and blue states, old people and young people, want Roe v. Wade to maintain the law of the land. We have a right. We’ve heard enough from extremists and we’re tired.
It’s nice to know at least one politician is feeling as gutted by this decision as I am. If you’re feeling similarly enraged, now is as dismal a time as any to channel your horror (and dollars) into abortion funds, particularly those in states with trigger laws that will cut off or drastically limit access to abortion as soon as the Supreme Court decision goes into effect.