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'What This Means to Women Is Such an Insult': Pelosi Reacts to Abortion Ruling

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the Supreme Court for overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

In a video posted to her YouTube page, Pelosi criticized the “radical” Supreme Court and said that “Congress will continue to act to overcome this extremism and protect the American people.”

“American women today have less freedom than their mothers,” Pelosi said. Credit: Nancy Pelosi via Storyful

Video transcript

NANCY PELOSI: There's no point in saying good morning because it certainly is not one. This morning, the radical Supreme Court is eviscerating Americans rights and endangering their health and safety. But the Congress will continue to act to overcome this extremism and protect the American people.

Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved their dark, extreme goal of ripping away a woman's right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican Party, their supermajority in the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers. With "Roe," and their attempt to destroy it, radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom.

In the Congress, be aware of this, the Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban. It cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that. But that's their goal. And if you read-- and again, we're all studying all this. But if you read what is in the-- very clear. One of the justices had his own statement. It's about contraception, in vitro fertilization, family planning. That is all what will spring from their decision that they made today.

It's such a contradiction. Yesterday, they said the states cannot make laws governing the constitutional right to bear arms. And today they're saying the exact reverse, that the states can overturn a constitutional right-- for 50 years a constitutional right-- for women having the right to choose.

Hypocrisy is raging. But the harm is endless. What this means to women is such an insult. It's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make their own decisions about their reproductive freedom.

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