This morning the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that stated that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion bans are now expected in up to 26 states (not including Maryland.) Below are reactions from several Montgomery County elected officials:
Montgomery County Council:
“The Montgomery County Council expresses its deepest disappointment and objection to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling on Roe v. Wade, which for the first time recognized that the constitutional right to privacy is broad enough to encompass a person’s decision whether or not to make their own healthcare decisions.
“The Council stands united in the belief that a person’s right to make their own decisions about their healthcare deserves the highest level of constitutional protection, and a politicized Supreme Court should not choose to curb or restrict the constitutional rights of citizens.
“Reproductive health care is essential health care, plain and simple, and this decision strips a fundamental right away from the American people.
“The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has an impact not only on women and people who can bear children but on all Americans who believe in a free and just society.
“The Council acknowledges that abortion restrictions have the most consequential and harmful impact on marginalized communities, such as racial minorities, people with low incomes, people in rural communities and people who are marginalized because of their gender identity, gender expression or gender nonconformity.
“We, the members of the Montgomery County Council, stand in strong support of Roe v. Wade and are prepared to elevate the fight to reinstate one of the most significant health care laws in American history. We will continue to advocate for protected and expanded access to abortion care in Montgomery County, the state of Maryland and the nation.”
1/4 The Supreme Court ruling today jeopardizes women, rolls back fundamental rights, and, ultimately, will significantly impact the health and life of many women in our country. This ruling turns the clock back on the progress that has been made to ensure the right of women… pic.twitter.com/r2kbG2dIDU
— County Exec Marc Elrich (@MontCoExec) June 24, 2022
Reproductive rights are human rights.
Shame on the Supreme Court.
— Evan Glass (@EvanMGlass) June 24, 2022
A shameful day.
A small minority of zealots have decided that women should not control their own bodies. I will do everything in my power to push back against these extreme right-wing dystopian policies and help build the future that we all want for ourselves and our children.
— Hans Riemer (@hansriemer) June 24, 2022