Lawmakers react to Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade
DELMARVA- Breaking new shook Americans Friday morning with the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade. In other words, there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion, and those abortion rights will be determined by states moving forward.
A few U.S. Senators we spoke with said by overturning Roe V Wade it’s taking away a woman’s right to make her own decisions and putting that in the hands of State legislators. “They took away a women’s right to make her own decisions and put that in the hands of state legislators; it’s outrageous, it’s wrong, and we will speak up and do everything we can to protect women’s rights in this country,” Sen. Ben Cardin said.
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen also weighed in on the issue. “This was an ideologically driven decision, it was a results driven decision by a Supreme Court that has been stacked with very right wing ideological judges who have now overturned the precedent of over 50 years,” Sen. Van Hollen said.
On the other hand, another lawmaker we spoke disagreed arguing the Supreme Court’s decision was a positive one and the right to an abortion is not in the U.S Constitution and that it generally protects life.
“I think that human life does need protection, it needs protection from its very beginning to its natural end and I think the Supreme Court got it right,” Congressman Andy Harris said.
Congressman Andy Harris also added this ruling doesn’t outlaw abortion in the United States and that in a state like Maryland, it will make no difference. He said in fact, in Maryland, the number of abortions will probably increase because people might come to Maryland, since in other states there may be more restrictive abortion law.