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Capitol Hill Reaction on Abortion Ruling Sharply Divided

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By    |   Monday, 27 Jun 2016 12:20 PM

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of Texas law that makes it harder to get an abortion has predictably fallen along party lines.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, tweeted:


"‎I am deeply disappointed in the Court's decision. Today's ruling only further complicates the Court's already muddled abortion jurisprudence and inhibits states' legitimate efforts to protect the lives and health of women and children," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, said:

"By caving to the demands of abortion extremists who seek to normalize the ending of an innocent human life in the womb regardless of the dangers, the Supreme Court has left almost no room for common sense and simple decency in our nation's approach to abortion.

"I deeply believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and that it should be-and will be-overturned someday. But before that time, we all should have been able to agree that duly elected representatives of the people can pass laws to protect women from unsafe abortion providers. That's now impossible after this decision …"

Rep. Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican, said:

"Today is a sad day for women and their unborn babies. With the drop of a gavel, five Supreme Court justices have endangered the safety of women who may seek an abortion and have ensured that more innocent, unborn lives will be lost in the process.

"This profoundly disappointing and cruel decision reinforces why the pro-life movement is more important than ever, and why the stakes are so high this November … We must now work to overturn this decision at the federal level and restore a culture where every child is welcomed in life and protected in law."

Among Democrats, Sen. Patty Murry of Washington, tweeted:


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said:

"Today, the Supreme Court struck down a brazen attempt to limit women's access to the comprehensive health care guaranteed them by the Constitution. This ruling is an important victory for the rights of America's women, but many challenges remain.

"In the Congress, in the courts and in the states, Republicans are engaged in a systematic campaign to dismantle women's right to comprehensive health care, family planning and affordable contraception … Republicans cannot keep inventing ways to deny women access to their constitutional right to comprehensive health care."

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted:


Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois broke rank with his party and tweeted:


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