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Abortion rights, Roe v. Wade overturned: Utah Republicans, Democrats react

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Anti-abortion protesters rejoice following Supreme Court docket’s choice to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected proper to abortion, exterior the Supreme Court docket in Washington on Friday. The Supreme Court docket has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for practically 50 years, a choice by its conservative majority to overturn the courtroom’s landmark abortion instances. (Gemunu Amarasinghe, Related Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — One Utah Republican politician referred to as the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade the tip of a “nationwide nightmare.” One other referred to as it a “historic second.”

Republicans within the state celebrated Friday’s ruling that upended the landmark 1973 choice and different decades-old abortion opinions, in addition to the returned policymaking energy to states. The choice paves the best way for states to rewrite abortion regulation nationwide.

A Utah Democrat, although, says the ruling is “earth-shattering” for ladies in Utah and throughout the nation. One other referred to as it “infuriating, devastating” information that the courtroom reversed a precedent that she says has saved lives and guarded particular person freedom.

Anti-abortion protesters celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years, a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court’s landmark abortion cases.
Anti-abortion protesters rejoice exterior the Supreme Court docket in Washington. The Supreme Court docket has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place practically 50 years, a choice by its conservative majority to overturn the courtroom’s landmark abortion instances. (Photograph: Jose Luis Magana, Related Press)

The hight courtroom’s choice revoking the constitutional proper to an abortion wasn’t sudden. A draft copy of the bulk opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico in early Might.

The Friday vote to overturn Roe was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts not becoming a member of the bulk opinion. He agreed with the 6-3 majority that the Mississippi abortion restriction at concern within the case needs to be upheld, however in a separate opinion, he argued that the courtroom mustn’t have overturned Roe.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, stated Roe v. Wade and one other abortion case, Deliberate Parenthood v. Casey, have been wrongly determined from the start.

“The nationwide nightmare of Roe has ended,” he stated in a statement.

“Whereas the 63 million lives misplaced to abortion since Roe can by no means be reclaimed, we will take coronary heart that the Supreme Court docket has acknowledged that Roe v. Wade and its progeny belong subsequent to Plessy v. Ferguson and Dred Scott v. Sandford within the anticanon of Supreme Court docket historical past,” Lee stated. “I’ve by no means been prouder to have clerked for Justice Alito or the Supreme Court docket of the US.”

Lee stated he prays for nationwide unity and for the protection of the justices who, in regard to the abortion case, have confronted unprecedented assaults.

“I thank God that the individuals of Utah and the US at the moment are free to enact protections for all times and human dignity,” he stated.

A “historic second” is how Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, described the choice.

“The problem goes again to the states, again to the individuals the place it belongs,” he stated in a tweet.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, stated he helps the courtroom’s choice, and that legal guidelines on abortion will likely be “rightfully” returned to the individuals and their elected representatives.

“The sanctity of human life is a foundational American precept, and the lives of our kids — each born and unborn — deserve our safety,” he stated in a statement.

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, stated he welcomed the courtroom overturning Roe v. Wade as a ruling in favor of human life.

“Personally, I consider these legal guidelines ought to embody the preservation of life, however I additionally respect that this ruling permits elected officers, nearer to the individuals, to draft legal guidelines that align with their state’s ethical views.

“Whereas I see this ruling as a trigger for celebration, I’m additionally cognizant of those that really feel in another way. As this troublesome debate continues, I implore all Individuals in any respect ranges of presidency to make use of this chance to study from each other, deal with one another with compassion, and discover methods to work collectively to resolve our variations fairly than push each other away.”

Utah Democratic Social gathering Chairwoman Diane Lewis referred to as the courtroom’s choice “earth-shattering” for ladies throughout the nation, “particularly in states like Utah, the place extremist Republicans have meticulously put in place extraordinarily restrictive abortion bans, plotting for precisely this second.”

Anticipating the courtroom’s choice, the Utah Legislature passed a so-called trigger law in 2020, which bans abortions most often.

The regulation permits abortions provided that the mom’s life is in danger, if the being pregnant was a results of rape or incest, or if two physicians who apply “maternal fetal drugs” each decide that the fetus “has a defect that’s uniformly diagnosable and uniformly deadly or … has a extreme mind abnormality that’s uniformly diagnosable.”

Utah Legal professional Common Sean Reyes stated his workplace would defend the state’s regulation “in opposition to any and all potential authorized challenges.”

Lewis referred to as on the Legislature to convene a particular session to overturn the regulation.

Private and intimate selections as the selection to have an abortion needs to be between a lady, her household, and her physician, and they need to not contain the agenda of “radical” politicians, she stated.

Democratic Salt Lake Metropolis Mayor Erin Mendenhall referred to as the ruling “infuriating, devastating information” in a tweet. She stated it will have devastating penalties nationwide, significantly for ladies of coloration and low-income girls. The courtroom, she stated, overturned a precedent that has saved lives and guarded particular person freedom.

“I am unhappy that girls’s well being is unnecessarily in danger,” she stated. “My coronary heart is with each lady in Salt Lake Metropolis right this moment. This can be a large step backwards for Individuals.”

Utah GOP Rep. Blake Moore stated in a tweet that the courtroom’s choice is “a rare victory for Utah, our nation, and the pro-life trigger!” He stated it’s going to enable Utah to indicate the nation how you can finest help households and the sanctity of life.

Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, stated the reversal is 50 years overdue.

“The ability as soon as once more resides within the states and belongs to the individuals,” he tweeted. “This can be a win for all times.”

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Dennis Romboy

Dennis Romboy is an editor and reporter for the Deseret Information. He has coated quite a lot of beats over time, together with state and native authorities, social points and courts. A Utah native, Romboy earned a level in journalism from the College of Utah. He enjoys biking, snowboarding and operating.

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