WASHINGTON (TND) — Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., promised to "defy" the Supreme Court during a public appearance Friday, joining the chorus of Democratic lawmakers and abortion rights advocates protesting after the Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Waters was among a group of Democratic lawmakers and protestors who gathered outside the Supreme Court Friday to voice their displeasure over the decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case.
Women are going to control their bodies, no matter how they try and stop us," Waters said. "The hell with the Supreme Court, we will defy them.
On Friday, SCOTUS overturned the landmark abortion rights decision by a 6-3 vote, writing in its majority opinion that the decision in Roe was "egregiously wrong."
"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.
In contrast, the high Court's dissenting opinion says that this ruling means that "(This court) says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of."
"A State can force her to bring a pregnancy to term, even at the steepest personal and familial costs," the dissent continues. "An abortion restriction, the majority holds, is permissible whenever rational, the lowest level of scrutiny known to the law."
The overturned decision is one of the more controversial decisions made by the Supreme Court, and Waters isn't the only Democratic lawmaker or political figure speaking out against the decision.
Popular progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was also outside the Supreme Court on Friday, chanting "illegitimate" and calling for people to get "into the streets."
“People will die because of this decision,” Ocasio-Cortez says in a Friday tweet. “And we will never stop until abortion rights are restored in the United States of America.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at the beginning of a Friday press conference "there’s no point in saying good morning because it certainly is not one."
Today the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved their dark, extreme goal of ripping away a woman’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions,” Pelosi said during the press conference. “Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican Party, their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers.
Friday is "one of the darkest days our country has ever seen," according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who added that "Millions upon millions of American women are having their rights taken from them by five unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court," according to NBC News.
Even former President Barack Obama chimed in, saying the SCOTUS decision is "attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans."
Adding to all this, nearly 100 Democratic prosecutors across America have promised not to enforce any potential abortion bans their states enact.
A joint letter from those prosecutors promises to "refrain from prosecuting those who seek, provide, or support abortions."
Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Dakota have "trigger laws" that will go into effect immediately, outlawing abortion in those states.
The overturning of federal abortion rights is more than likely to result in legal challenges and new legislation across America when it comes to the restriction of abortion and the enforcement of new anti-abortion laws.