‘The Supreme Court failed us’: Congressional delegation reacts to end of Roe v. Wade

The reaction was swift from people on both sides of the abortion debate.
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 6:30 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 2:11 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation blasted the Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade, calling the ruling a failure for women that will have a disproportionate impact on poor communities.

“This will go down as one of the worst decisions in the history of the Court,” said U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.

Added U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele, who is running for governor: “Today, the Supreme Court failed us.

“I grieve with the women and families in our lives who will mark today as the day they were left behind by their country. For my daughters and for all Americans, we must persist and fight for women’s right to choose, as generations before us have.”

The overturning of the landmark abortion access case means that states can now decide whether abortions should be allowed. The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, indicating the court was prepared to make this this decision.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono discusses ramifications of Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade and what that means for the nation and Hawaii.

There are 13 states that have trigger laws, meaning that with this decision the procedure of abortion will be essentially automatically banned.

Women in those states would have to travel elsewhere to get the procedure or resort to other, unsafe dangerous means.

Hawaii law does protect abortion rights.

“While this ruling won’t impact Hawai’i, which legalized abortion in 1970, we must fight back to protect reproductive rights for women across the country,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a statement.

“A woman’s fundamental right to make decisions about her own body are hers alone — not the government’s. The Republican-controlled Supreme Court has ripped away abortion rights from millions of American women.”

Similarly, Congressman Ed Case called the Supreme Court’s decision “tragic.”

“It rejects the basic rights of women, condemns millions of women and their families back to a dark pre-Roe world, dismisses a careful balancing of interests that has stood for two generations, undermines our institutions of government and embarrasses us in the eyes of the world,” Case said.

Rallies have already been scheduled in Hawaii and nationwide following the ruling.

“This is just outrageous,” said Carolyn Hadfield of Refuse Facism Hawaii. “We’re calling people into the streets. And we’re demanding legal abortion on demand nationwide. We’re calling on people to protest wherever they are. We have to raise our voices. This is not a time for conciliation. It’s not a time for silence. It’s a time for resistance.”

Activists are expected to gather at the Federal Building in Honolulu at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, pro-life supporters said they were pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.

“This is a huge victory for people in the pro life community. And actually, we believe it’s a victory for all women facing an unplanned pregnancy,” said Eva Andrade of Family Forum.

“Obviously, the decisions of what’s going to happen legislatively goes back to the people. So, the people will have the power to decide that their state legislators what they would like their abortion law to look like.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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