Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 9:33 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 11:47 AM CDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) - Friday, The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states in the U.S.
Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee all have trigger laws that will make abortion more restrictive now that the ruling has been made official.
Almost immediately, Mid-South lawmakers shared their opinions on the decision. This story will update as more of those statements come in.
Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman backed the decision:
Governor Asa Hutchinson said the ruling was a long time coming:
For decades I have said Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Today, the Supreme Court overturned the abortion ruling and returned the issue to the states. Arkansas is a pro-life state, and we are able now to protect life.
Attorney General Lynn Fitch applauded the decision:
Today marks a new era in American history. Roe v. Wade is finally behind us. This decision is a victory, not only for women and children, but for the Court itself. Now, our work to empower women truly begins. #empowerwomenpromotelifepic.twitter.com/3B3CiIMmTD
House Speaker Philip Gunn said in part, “With love for children and the women who bear them, we move forward to secure strong and lasting legal protections and cultural support for life, and a vibrant network of abortion alternatives,” and mapped out the state’s next steps for legislature:
This Next Steps for Life legislation will address: ▪More effective & well-funded child protection & foster care, ▪More available & affordable adoption; ▪Next-generation child support enforcement to hold fathers accountable, so mothers don't bear the burdens alone. 3/3
It’s a great day for life! I’m proud to be part of the movement that has fought to protect life while the Left would see millions of innocent lives lost to the despicable act of abortion. This SCOTUS decision is a win for every life lost too soon and every life yet to be born.
The Tennessee Democratic party voiced their displeasure with the ruling, as well as Senator Raumesh Akbari:
With this one opinion, #SCOTUS has rolled back the clock on women’s rights. This decision puts the lives of women in imminent danger by handing politicians control over our most personal healthcare decisions. I’m absolutely livid and heartbroken.
Having worked alongside Tennesseans to protect the innocent lives of unborn children for years, I applaud today’s Supreme Court ruling. Despite false claims from the left, this decision will not ban abortion.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris called out the decision:
Access to healthcare shouldn't be subject to the whims of politicians looking to score points. The right to reproductive privacy should be left to women and families. This will get worse. Expect attacks on contraception and possibly even prosecution for seeking healthcare access.
Governor Bill Lee shared his support and said the full impacts of the decision will be addressed in the coming days:
Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision marks the beginning of a hopeful chapter for our country. After years of heartfelt prayer & thoughtful policy, America has a historic opportunity to support women, children & strong families while reconciling the pain & loss caused by Roe.
With passage of our trigger law and a comprehensive heartbeat bill, #tnleg has been well prepared for this day. Very soon the pro-life voters of Tennessee will finally see their policy preferences enshrined in law. A great day for the cause of Life and the state of Tennessee.