Senate and House Democrats used their social media platforms on Saturday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. They specifically criticized the “six far-right justices” who delivered the ruling on abortion. The Democrats’ remarks coincided with the gathering of thousands of pro-life advocates in the nation’s capital, who were celebrating the high court’s decision, which gave individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban abortion.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York expressed her thoughts in a tweet, stating that since the extreme right-wing justices overturned Roe, millions of Americans have lost their fundamental right to make decisions about their own bodies. However, she also acknowledged the millions of people who have stood up to defend those rights, give her hope, and vowed to continue fighting until reproductive freedom is restored.

Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey remarked in a tweet that a year ago, the Supreme Court’s far-right justices threw out decades of legal precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade. He accused the majority in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case of abandoning their oath to uphold the rule of law and instead supporting efforts to end women’s bodily autonomy and dismantle societal progress.

Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin shared a video message in which she described the Supreme Court’s ruling as devastating for the health, safety, and future of millions of women across America. Baldwin emphasized the importance of having the freedom to control healthcare, one’s body, and one’s future without interference from the government.

Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon expressed his discontent in a tweet, stating that the six extremist Supreme Court justices have disregarded years of precedent to restrict access to abortion. He asserted that the decision to have an abortion should be made by the woman alone, not by pundits or lawmakers. Merkley also highlighted his ongoing fight to protect the right to reproductive healthcare for everyone in the country.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island called on Americans to fight against the Supreme Court imposing a backward and extreme agenda. He emphasized the importance of preventing the court from undoing the rights that women have had for decades when it comes to making their own reproductive decisions.

House Representative Pramila Jayapal from Washington also shared a video message, pledging not to back down on the issue of abortion. She criticized the Supreme Court’s decision as a radical move that took away abortion rights from millions of Americans. Jayapal promised to fight back and ensure that this constitutional right is guaranteed.

Jayapal also discussed her personal experience with making the choice to terminate her pregnancy, highlighting that the decision should only involve the individual, their doctor, and their chosen loved ones to consult. She expressed concern that the current political climate is eroding rights that previous generations took for granted.

It is worth noting that since the Dobbs ruling, twenty-four states including Alabama, Texas, and Ohio, have implemented laws to restrict abortions with certain exceptions. Many of these laws are facing legal challenges in court.

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