10 reactions to overturning Roe v. Wade: Michelle Obama ‘heartbroken’; Rick Warren says ‘Thank you’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade in the Capitol Visitors Center on June 24, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The court ruled 6-3 in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health, overturning nearly 50-years of legalized abortion nationwide and sending abortion regulation back to the states. "Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved the GOP's dark and extreme goal of ripping away women's right to make their own reproductive health decisions," Pelosi said. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the Supreme Court's decision as "the GOP's dark and extreme goal of ripping away women's right to make their own reproductive health decisions."

"Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers," Pelosi said in a statement.

"With Roe now out of their way, radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom. In the Congress, Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. In the states, Republicans want to arrest doctors for offering reproductive care and women for terminating a pregnancy. GOP extremists are even threatening to criminalize contraception, as well as in-vitro fertilization and post-miscarriage care."

Pelosi contends that "fundamental health decisions" should not "be dictated by far-right politicians" and alleged that "Republicans seek to punish and control women."

"Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law," Pelosi claimed. "This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November."

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