‘Abortion is coming back to America’: US attorneys general react to Roe v Wade decision | United States Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the constitution does not protect the right to abortion, opening the door for states to ban or severely restrict access to abortion. In several states, abortion immediately becomes illegal, while other states have already taken steps to ban abortion.

The people who will enforce these anti-abortion laws are the attorneys general, the highest judicial authority in each state. Hours after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, nearly every state attorney general issued a statement.

In more progressive states, attorneys general have assured people that abortion is still legal in their state — for those who live there and those who don’t. New York Attorney General Leticia James said, “Regardless of the national situation, New York will always be a safe haven for anyone seeking an abortion.

Meanwhile, several Republican attorneys general touted the rulings as a historic and celebratory occasion. “None of us thought today would happen in our lifetime,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Steve Marshall of Alabama said, “Today is a truly historic day.” Daniel Cameron of Kentucky said, “We are entering a new era. Unelected judges will no longer make abortion policy for the Commonwealth.

Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas, clarified the ramifications: “Today, the issue of abortion is up to the states. And in Texas, this question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here.

Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry further stoked concerns that the United States was rushing toward a theocracy: “It is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Today, with millions of people across Louisiana and America, I rejoice with my deceased mother and unborn children with her in paradise!

Below is an excerpt from each state attorney general’s response, either on their official website, via Twitter, or in a public statement. Some attorneys general had not released a public statement as of 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday.