‘Activists in robes’: Democrats delegitimize Supreme Court in response to abortion ruling

Sen. Tina Smith, a former Planned Parenthood executive, called for taking "this fight to the Republicans who made this happen."

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (Mark Thomas/Pixabay)

Minnesota Democrats are delegitimizing the institution of the Supreme Court and urging their supporters to “take this fight” to Republicans in response to Friday’s historic ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted Friday to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, sending the abortion issue back to the states.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

A draft opinion in the case was leaked to the media in May, which was followed by attacks on pro-life organizations across the country. One man was even arrested for attempting to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

State Democrats reacted in fury to the ruling, with Rep. Ilhan Omar claiming it “will be recorded in the history books in the same nauseous tones as decisions like Dred Scott, Korematsu, Plessy, and Buck.”

“How can a society function when the ultimate word on the rights of citizens … are decided by 9 unelected lawyers, serving decade after decade with as much a political agenda as my most partisan colleagues in the House?” she continued.

Omar also called for abolishing the filibuster so that the U.S. Senate can pass federal abortion protections.

Sen. Tina Smith, a former Planned Parenthood executive, called for taking “this fight to the Republicans who made this happen.”

“This decision is an extraordinary betrayal not just of women but democracy itself,” she said in one tweet.

“We don’t need to pretend that Supreme Court decisions are anything but the will of 6 Republican activists in black robes,” the senator claimed in another.

Despite the decision, abortion will remain legal in many states, including Minnesota, thanks to a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court decision called Doe v. Gomez.

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Here’s how other Democrats from across the state are reacting: