There is nothing wrong with the Supreme Court.
Co-authoring an op-ed for the New York Times that was published on Saturday (June 25), Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and Tina Smith (Minnesota) voiced their outrage at the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and called for Democrats to pass policies the party has pursued for years.
Following Friday’s ruling by the Supreme Court, which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, Democrats have come out to condemn the decision, with the two Senators denouncing it as “extremist.”
In the op-ed, the pair lamented the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, saying: “an extremist Supreme Court has overturned nearly 50 years of precedent, stripping away the constitutional right to an abortion and ruling that the government — not the person who is pregnant — will make the critical decision about whether to continue a pregnancy.”
The pair emphasized the ramifications of the ruling, pointing out how dozens of states had already enacted abortion restrictions with several more planning to follow suit.
In the New York Times article, the pair expressed their alarm, acknowledging that if they sound angry, it is because they are.
Warren, 73, and Smith, 64, noted that both had “lived in an America where abortion was illegal. A nation in which infections and other complications destroyed lives. A nation in which unplanned pregnancies derailed careers and livelihoods,” adding that — during those years — “some women took their own lives rather than continue pregnancies they could not bear.”
They then turned their attention to ways to “fix the damage Republicans have done to our system,” reiterating many of Warren’s previous suggestions.
The list of solutions included: “changing the composition of the courts, reforming Senate rules like the filibuster, and even fixing the outdated Electoral College that allowed presidential candidates who lost the popular vote to take office and nominate five of the justices who agreed to end the right to an abortion.”
They concluded their remarks by calling for the restoration of democracy “so that a radical minority can no longer drown out the will of the people,” acknowledging that “This will be a long, hard fight, and the path to victory is not yet certain. But it’s a righteous fight that we must win — no matter how long it takes.”