The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of setting aside Roe v. Calf.
WASHINGTON — State and local officials in Washington are responding to the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade, a major decision after months of protests and years of legal battles over abortion rights in the country.
The court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a finding of the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi statute banning most abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The 6-3 verdict was announced on Friday morning.
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Following the ruling, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced $1 million in emergency funding to ensure safe abortion access.
US Senator Patty Murray said in a series of tweets the decision “pulled this country back half a century”.
Meanwhile, US Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) expressed their support for the decision in a series of tweets.
MP Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said she was “outraged” by the women who need abortion treatment.
The congresswoman said she was one of the women in the country who needed abortion services.
MP Dan Newhouse (R-WA) said in a statement following the decision: “Today, life wins.”
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson called the overthrow of Roe v. Wade “deeply damaging, shameful and radical” before outlining three promises to Washington citizens in a series of tweets.
Seattle Councilor Teresa Mosqueda said she will work to make the city a safe place for women seeking abortions.
In 1991, Washington state voters approved Initiative 120, which provides strong protections against abortion, including funding for low-income women who want abortions.
Proponents attempted to create state legislation to protect women’s abortion rights, whether they are residents of the state or traveling to the state to seek medical care.
The consequence of this was the state consolidation of abortion rights in Washington.
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