By Monica Chen
Shock and anger were the reactions of many North Carolinians after news broke on Monday night that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
A draft of the majority opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had been leaked to Politico. The 1973 landmark decision will be overturned, reverting the issue of abortion back to state legislatures.
Protests broke out across the country on Tuesday, including at Moore Square in Raleigh. President Joe Biden also lashed out at the MAGA crowd on Wednesday, calling them “Ultra MAGA.” Vice President Kamala Harris said of Republican lawmakers, “How dare they tell a woman what she can do and cannot do with her own body?” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in particular had a very strong reaction as she joined protesters in front of the Supreme Court.
Pro-life organization N.C. Values Coalition issued a statement on Tuesday. “If Roe and Casey are overturned, as the draft opinion indicates, we must build consensus for the strongest protections possible for unborn children and women in North Carolina, and we are ready for this moment in history,” said Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald.
But most of the reactions in N.C. were from pro-choice groups and Socialist organizations. Democratic Party candidates spoke out. Some local residents also were clamoring on social media for places to protest.
The News & Observer rolled out no less than five stories on the news this week.
Axios’ new Raleigh bureau, with two reporters recruited from the N&O, was all over this as well.
On Monday night, shortly after the news broke, Gov. Roy Cooper stated on Twitter: “Now more than ever, governors and state legislatures must stand up for women’s health care.” Later in the week, he went to Asheville to visit an eatery and a barbershop.
N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein on Thursday clarified what the state will revert to after Roe: Abortions will still be legal for the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy.
Elsewhere around the country, the extremist liberal group Ruth Sent Us doxxed Supreme Court justices and called for protests in churches on Mother’s Day. Google later disabled the map with the justices’ homes from the group’s web site. (Main photo: The group protesting in front of Chief Justice John Roberts’ house in April.)
Mary Trump weighed in on liberal media site MeidasTouch.