A right that Americans have had for over five decades was snatched away when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade June 24, the ultimate attack on abortion rights that has slowly been peeled away across the country.

President Joe Biden addressed the nation that afternoon, calling the decision an “un-American attack” and that the court was “literally taking America back 150 years.”

“Now with Roe gone, let me be clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk,” he said. “It was three justices named by one president, Donald Trump, who upended the scales of justice and the fundamental right of women in this country.”

From Wilton Manors to the White House, here are how people in the community and allies are reacting to the news:

TransInclusive Group, a Wilton Manors-based nonprofit working to protect equality for trans and LGBTQ+ people in South Florida, said in a statement to SFGN:

“Transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse individuals, particularly Black and Brown individuals of transgender experience, face discrimination and violence at alarming rates. Abortion access is a vital part of reproductive healthcare for those who can get pregnant. Rolling back these protections is yet another form of violence that will disproportionately impact communities and individuals who are already facing healthcare disparities, discrimination, and legislative attacks on their identity and existence.”

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida even put out a statement, saying they were “horrified” by the reversal.

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, said in a statement, “The Court’s opinion is impactful in the worst way possible. The repercussions will be deadly. Pregnant people will be forced to carry pregnancies against their will, risking their health and their lives. Nearly half of the women of reproductive age in the United States, and more people who can become pregnant, live in the 26 states that will likely move to ban abortion, meaning more than 36 million people will feel the effects of this decision.”

Equality Florida doubled down on its pro-choice stance:

"Equality Florida has been a pro-choice organization since 1997 because the rights to sexual autonomy and reproductive freedom are causes we all have in common. We will continue the fight to secure reproductive freedom and access to abortion for our communities."

In a video, Florida Rep. Carlos G. Smith discussed the connection between abortion rights and the LGBTQ community, saying, "There’s a clear intersection between abortion and LGBTQ issues. The religious right keeps imposing their definition of family, marriage, gender, and sexuality to try and control us. But we’re all in the fight to defend abortion access together."

Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is also running for Florida governor, tweeted a video message promising to protect women and that she is the “only candidate for governor of Florida who has never supported banning abortion.”

Rep. Ted Deutch, whose 22nd District includes Wilton Manors and other parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, simultaneously applauded the gun safety law that passed while also sharing his disdain for SCOTUS’ actions.

"The Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion. But the right to bodily autonomy is not just a constitutional right. It is a human right. Even as the relentless attacks on Americans’ most personal, basic rights continue, we'll fight to protect women's reproductive rights and safety."

And since February, Florida Sen. Gary Farmer warned that the Florida House wanted to "control your body" and tell you "who you can and cannot love."

In an email blast, the Congressional LGBTQ+ Caucus responded to the news, as well as Justice Clarence Thomas saying that gay marriage is next:

“[The] decision will result in millions of people — including LGBTQ+ people — being stripped of their bodily autonomy and access to abortion care,” said Congressman David N. Cicilline, chair of the caucus. “If the Supreme Court is willing to reverse decades of precedent and strip away a fundamental constitutional right, no right is safe. As Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, I am also extremely disturbed by Justice Thomas' call for the Court to revisit seminal LGBTQ+ rights cases like Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges. As we mark the anniversary of both of those Supreme Court decisions in two days, today’s decision is a reminder that all fundamental rights could be on the line under the current Supreme Court radical conservative majority.”

Through a post on Medium, former President Barack Obama wrote, “If the Supreme Court ultimately decides to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, then it will not only reverse nearly 50 years of precedent — it will relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted that she was “heartbroken” over the decision.

"I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of the time before Roe was made law of the land — a time when women risked losing their lives getting illegal abortions,” Obama said. “A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to move forward with pregnancies they didn’t want, and then abandoned them once their babies were born.”


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