Roe v. Wade: Live coverage of the nation’s emotional reaction to the Supreme Court ruling

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Biden calls abortion decision a ‘sad day’

President Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Joe Biden pledged to take every step his administration can to protect abortion rights and called on voters to elect state and federal officials who will vote to allow the procedure.

Biden spoke from the White House on the ruling that eliminates a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion after nearly 50 years. The decision is expected to lead to nearly half of U.S. states quickly outlawing or severely restricting the medical procedure and will affect tens of millions of people.

“I believe Roe v. Wade was the correct decision as a matter of constitutional law and application of the fundamental right to privacy and liberty and matters of family and personal autonomy,” Biden said.

“It’s a sad day for our country but it doesn’t mean the fight is over,” he said, urging Americans to elect more pro-choice lawmakers in the House and Senate in November’s midterm elections. “We need to restore the protections of Roe as law of the land. We need to elect officials who will do that,” Biden said.

— Amanda Macias and Spencer Kimball

Three states form ‘West Coast offensive’ to defend reproductive healthcare

California Governor Gavin Newsom holds a press conference after taking a tour of the site of a behavioral health and transitional housing facility in Los Angeles County, to highlight the states major new investments to house and provide critical support services to the most vulnerable Californians.

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The Democratic governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced a “West Coast offensive” on Friday to defend reproductive healthcare and access to abortions in the wake of the ruling.

California’s Gavin Newsom, Oregon’s Kate Brown and Washington’s Jay Inslee committed their states to protecting against efforts by other states to target patients, providers or supporters of those receiving legal reproductive healthcare within their borders.

That includes protecting against local law enforcement cooperation with out-of-state investigations or inquiries about obtaining abortions in their states and refusing non-fugitive extradition for criminal prosecution of those who received legal reproductive healthcare services in their states.

They also committed to promoting increased access to abortion services by expanding access to the abortion pill, removing barriers to telehealth services and increasing the number of qualified practitioners who can provide reproductive healthcare services.

In a statement on Twitter, Newsom called the initiative “A road map for other states to stand up for women.”

— Lauren Feiner

Conde Nast will give employees seeking abortions travel and lodging benefits, CEO says

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Conde Nast, the owner of “The New Yorker,” “Vanity Fair,” and “Wired” magazines, will reimburse travel and lodging expenses for employees who cannot get legal abortions in their home states, CEO Roger Lynch told employees.

He called the Supreme Court’s decision “a crushing blow to reproductive rights that have been protected for nearly half a century.”

Here’s the full statement:

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, allowing individual states to more aggressively regulate or ban the procedure altogether. It is a crushing blow to reproductive rights that have been protected for nearly half a century.

To do all we can to protect access to healthcare, we have made enhancements to our U.S. health benefits to assist covered employees and their covered dependents in obtaining access to reproductive care regardless of where they reside. Employees who need abortion, infertility or gender-affirming services who cannot obtain that care locally are now eligible for reimbursement on travel and lodging. 

The full policy update can be read here and on the Benefits page on Home.

The most powerful way for us to respond to what’s happening right now is through our brands and the distinctive editorial lenses with which they’re covering today’s news and the effect it will have on society. Our values are clear in the content and journalism we produce.

Our Condé Code states that we never stop looking for ways to revolutionize our culture and improve the ways our audiences experience the world. I have no doubt that we will continue to deliver on that promise and meet the moment. 

 – Alex Sherman

Louisiana abortion ban now in effect, attorney general says

A pro-life demonstrator holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as she awaits its decision on the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2020.

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Louisiana has immediately implemented a law banning abortion after the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, the state attorney general said.

Attorney General Jeff Landry said his office will do everything in its power to ensure state laws that “have been passed to protect the unborn are enforceable, even if we have to go back to court.”

Louisiana had three clinics offering abortion services before the Supreme Court’s decision. They will now have to stop providing the procedure.

Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the ban into law earlier this week. The law makes exceptions if a physician performs an abortion to save the life of the mother, prevent serious impairment of life-sustaining organs, end an ectopic pregnancy, or to remove a fetus that is no longer viable. Anyone who performs an abortion would face 1 to 10 years in prison. The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

At least 13 states have so-called trigger laws on the books that will ban abortion.

— Spencer Kimball

Disney tells employees it will provide ‘comprehensive access’ for reproductive care

Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World.

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Disney sent an internal memo to employees, in the wake of the ruling, assuring them it will “prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families.”

Disney told employees it has processes in place to provide “affordable care” for pregnancy-related decisions if people may need to travel to another state, according to the internal memo signed by Paul Richardson, chief human resources officer, and Pascale Thomas, vice president of enterprise benefits and well-being.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek faced internal backlash for failing to immediately condemn Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” legislation and then external scrutiny when the company publicly denounced the law.

Here’s the full note on the Roe ruling, obtained by CNBC:

Teams,

We recognize the impact that today’s Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans and understand that some of you may have concerns about what that might mean for you and your families, as medical and family planning decisions are deeply personal.

Please know that our company remains committed to removing barriers and providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, cast members and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, no matter where they live. In fact, we have processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location. This travel benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatment and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).

Lastly, we would like to remind you of the range of medical coverage options you have as an eligible employee of The Walt Disney Company, as well as the options for your covered dependents. As medical coverage needs are unique to each of us, we encourage you to contact your medical carrier should you have specific questions about your coverage. You can also learn more about the company’s benefit offerings at Benefits.Disney.com, consult the Contacts | Disney Benefits Portal (fidelity.com) or reach out to your HR representative.

Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families.

— Alex Sherman

Thomas says court should ‘correct the error’ on same-sex marriage, contraception precedents

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits for an official photo with other members of the US Supreme Court in the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, June 1, 2017.

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Clarence Thomas, one of the Supreme Court’s six conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe, said they should now turn their attention to other cases that have upheld Americans’ rights to same-sex marriage, contraception and sex between consenting adults of the same gender.

“We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” Thomas wrote in the court’s abortion ruling Friday.

Thomas specifically cited Griswold v Connecticut, which protects the rights of married couples to use contraception; Obergefell v. Hodges, which established the right for same-sex couples to get married; and Lawrence v Texas, which said it is unconstitutional to criminalize intercourse between people of the same sex.

– Mike Calia

JPMorgan Chase says it will pay for employees to travel to states that allow abortions

A woman walks past JPMorgan Chase & Co’s international headquarters on Park Avenue in New York.

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JPMorgan Chase, one of the biggest employers in the U.S. financial services industry, told employees it will pay for travel to states that allow legal abortions, according to a memo obtained by CNBC.

The news came as part of an internal communication to employees explaining expanded medical benefits set to begin in July, according to the June 1 memo. In a question and answer web page linked to the memo, the bank directly addressed whether it was covering abortion, as well as out-of-state travel to have the procedure.

“Our health care plans have historically covered travel benefits for certain covered services that would require travel,” JPMorgan said. “Beginning in July, we will expand this benefit to include all covered services that can only be obtained far from your home, which would include legal abortion.”

— Hugh Son

Yelp CEO says ruling ‘puts women’s health in jeopardy’

Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp Inc., testifies at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.

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Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said the ruling “puts women’s health in jeopardy” and called on business leaders to speak out.

“This ruling puts women’s health in jeopardy, denies them their human rights, and threatens to dismantle the progress we’ve made toward gender equality in the workplaces since Roe,” he said in a statement. “Business leaders must step up to support the health and safety of their employees by speaking out against the wave of abortion bans that will be triggered as a result of this decision, and call on Congress to codify Roe into law.”

Yelp in April said it would offer employees and their dependents financial assistance for out-of-state travel in search of abortion care, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

—Sara Salinas

Missouri governor signs proclamation to implement abortion ban

The outside of the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center is seen in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019, the last location in the state performing abortions.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has issued a proclamation that will implement the state’s ban on abortion.

It’s unclear how quickly the ban will go into effect. Parson said litigation preventing implementation of the law still needs to be resolved.

Missouri’s ban would prohibit doctors from performing abortions unless the patient has a medical emergency. Anyone who performs an abortion would face 5 to 10 years in prison. The law prohibits the prosecution of women who receive abortions.

Missouri only has one abortion clinic located in St. Louis. Many women in Missouri who want to end their pregnancies cross state lines into Kansas, which has four clinics and protects abortion rights under its state constitution.

At least 13 states have laws on the books that would ban abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

— Spencer Kimball

Planned Parenthood CEO: ‘We won’t back down’

A demonstrator opposed to the Senate Republican health-care holds a sign that reads “I Stand With Planned Parenthood’ while marching near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the Supreme Court’s decision “horrific,” saying it would be most strongly felt by minority and low-income communities.

“Knowing this moment would come does not make it any less devastating,” she said. “The Supreme Court has now officially given politicians permission to control what we do with our bodies, deciding that we can no longer be trusted to determine the course for our own lives.”

She added: “To anyone today who is scared, or angry, or determined, know this — 17 million Planned Parenthood supporters proudly stand with you. We will rebuild and reclaim the freedom that is ours. We won’t go back. And we won’t back down.”

Leslie Josephs

Senate to hold hearing on Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion protections under U.S. Constitution

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) speaks during his opening statement during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC, February 22, 2021.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing in July on the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, the committee chairman, said the high court’s decision to end a half century of abortion protections means millions of Americans will have fewer rights than their parents and grandparents.

The hearing will look at the “grim reality of a post-Roe America,” according to a statement from the committee posted to Twitter.

— Spencer Kimball

Texas Gov. Abbott welcomes ruling, says state will always fight for ‘innocent unborn’

Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, speaks during a Get Out The Vote campaign event in Beaumont, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott welcomed the ruling in a statement, saying he will continue to work with his state’s legislature to “save every child from the ravages of abortion and help our expectant mothers in need.”

Texas is one of several states that passed a so-called “trigger law” designed to ban abortions upon the overturning of Roe v Wade.

“The U.S. Supreme Court correctly overturned Roe v. Wade and reinstated the right of states to protect innocent, unborn children. Texas is a pro-life state, and we have taken significant action to protect the sanctity of life. Texas has also prioritized supporting women’s healthcare and expectant mothers in need to give them the necessary resources so that they can choose life for their child,” Abbott said.

“Texas will always fight for the innocent unborn,” he said.

— Sara Salinas

Pelosi accuses Republicans of seeking to ‘punish and control women’ with state abortion bans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of seeking to “punish and control women” by implementing state abortion bans after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

At least 13 states are poised to implement abortion bans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision. Those states would make performing an abortion a felony that would carry years-long jail sentences.

“What is happening here?” Pelosi asked in a press conference Friday. “A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own to make in in consultation with her doctor, her faith, her family — not some right-wing politicians that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell packed the court with.”

Pelosi condemned the Supreme Court’s ruling as cruel, outrageous and heart wrenching. She vowed Democrats will make abortion rights a central issue ahead of the midterm elections in November.

“While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade as the law of the land,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi accused the GOP plotting to implement a nationwide abortion ban that would not only arrest doctors for offering reproductive care, but also women who want to end their pregnancy.

The legislation in states poised to ban the procedure do not allow women to be prosecuted for receiving an abortion. However, there have already been instances in which women have been reported to authorities.

In April, a women in South Texas charged with murder after allegedly having a self-induced abortion, although state law exempts women from prosecution for having abortions. The district attorney ultimately dismissed the indictment, saying it is clear that she “cannot and should not be prosecuted for the allegation against her.”

— Spencer Kimball

Tech companies could face more privacy concerns in wake of Roe

Pro-choice and anti-abortion demonstrators gather outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022.

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The Supreme Court’s decision could have a big impact on tech companies that store troves of user data that prosecutors could use to charge women and service providers for violating state bans on abortions.

Prosecutors have already pointed to digital searches and messages in at least two high-profile cases against women accused of harming their babies after they said they had a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Experts in digital privacy and legal advocates defending people who have lost a baby or had an abortion say tech companies can and should take more steps to protect user data in light of the increasing restrictions on abortion access. That could include minimizing the amount of data the platforms collect on users, limiting how long they keep that information or at the very least, informing consumers when they are required to hand over the user’s data to law enforcement, assuming the platform isn’t barred from doing so.

In the meantime, digital privacy experts say there are steps consumers can take themselves to limit data exposure while researching reproductive healthcare. That includes using privacy-focused search engines, a virtual private network and communicating with friends and family over encrypted messaging apps.

— Lauren Feiner

McConnell calls Supreme Court decision ‘a historic victory for the Constitution’

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) departs after a Senate Republican caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 12, 2022.

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade a “historic victory for the Constitution.”

“The Justices applied the Constitution. They carefully weighed the complex factors regarding precedent. The Court overturned mistaken rulings that even liberals have long admitted were incoherent, restoring the separation of powers,” McConnell wrote in a statement.

The Kentucky senator commended the Supreme Court for “impartiality in the face of attempted intimidation.”

 — Amanda Macias

Planned Parenthood president says women will continue to fight for equal rights

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson at the Women’s March Foundation’s National Day Of Action, “Bans Off Our Bodies” reproductive rights rally at Los Angeles City Hall on May 14, 2022.

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The ruling provoked an immediate response from Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson, who said the ruling gives politicians the ability to control women’s bodies, “deciding that we can no longer be trusted to determine the course for our own lives.”

The group, which has long fought to uphold abortion rights, will continue to demand and fight for the right of women to be treated like equal citizens, she said.

— Dawn Kopecki

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