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answering your questions. more coverage of the supreme court decision on world news tonight, w tonight, history made at the supreme court. the court overturning roe vs. wade. a 6-3 vote, the conservative justices overturning roe. a 50-year precedent. abortion rights protected across this country until now. tonight, deciding to uphold mississippi's abortion law and overruling roe vs. wade. tonight, president biden declaring it a sad day for the court and the country. calling it a tragic error and saying the decision shows how extreme the court has become. the court turning abortion rights to the states to decide. tonight, 13 states with so-called trigger laws, mediate laws that ban abortion, now set to go into effect. missouri and oklahoma among the
first states with those bans taking effect. 26 states now preparing to ban or severely restrict abortion. demonstrator on both sides rallying at the supreme court, and across the country. abc's terry moran at the court tonight, and abc's rachel scott with women from all over this country on both side of the debate. some outraged that this is no longer a private decision doctor. others who say they have fought for this moment for 50 years. the political battle to come. former president trump, what appointed three conservative justices to the court tonight taking credit for the court overturning roe. and tonight republican senator susan collins, who supports abortion rights, now saying she was misled by justices gorsuch and kavanaugh. tonight, who those justices said about roe before being confirmed to the court. mary bruce this evening on how both parties believe this issue will be front be center in this year's midterms. did dividing lines clear.
mothers and daughters who disagree. deb are robert on that tonight. the other major news this friday night, the first piece of federal gun reform in nearly 30 years. the bipartisan bill passing the house, the i waiting the president's signature. the major hadal from ukraine tonight wrm the ukrainians are now pulling out. and the remarkable find tonight, the world's deepest ship wreck, a u.s. navy destroyer. the underwater video and where it's been found. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a friday night, and we begin tonight with the historic and sweeping ruling from the supreme court. the conservative majority by a 6-3 vote overturning roe vs. wade. the right to choose abortion that had stood for half a century in this country, a nearly 50-year precedent. the court turning the issue over
to the states, and tonight 13 states have already had so-called trigger laws on the books already banning abortions, set to go into effect immediately. six states banning abortion. missouri and oklahoma among them all, 26 states plan to ban or severely restrict abortion now. tonight these images coming in from across the country, the demonstrations and protests. these images from new york city. washington square park at this hour. and outside the supreme court crowds growing all day. one side declaring victory, the other side in disbelief that this is no longer a decision protected across this country between a woman and her doctor. abortion rights opponents celebrating 50 years in the making. supporter stunned a 50-year precedent has been overturned, vowing to fight this. a mississippi law at the heart of this case, a ban on abortions after 15 weeks, the court upholding that law, and five of the justices going further, overturning roe. justice samuel alito writing for the majority saying the
constitution does not confer a right to abortion under protecting for liberty or privacy. justice stephen breyer writing for the dissent, saying this is based nothing more than three new justices appointed by donald trump. this questions other settles rights including contraception and same sex marriage. the 26 states that plan to act to restrict abortion, including the 13 states with immediate trigger laws. all this place out despite polling that shows a majority of americans believe should be legal. 70% of americans say this is a decision that should be between a woman and her doctor. tonight's reaction swift. president biden calling this a sad day for the court and the country. calling the decision a tragic error. former president trump call it the biggest win for life in a generation, taking credit for overturning roe. speaker pelosi saying this is a
slap in the face for women. women today have less freedom than their mother's did, she said. tonight we'll hear from all sides. may i approachle scott, mary bruce, deborah roberts all standing by. but we begin with terry moran who's covered supreme court for years. >> reporter: at the supreme court today, an historic upheaval. in a sweeping ruling that overturned a half a century of precedents, five justices ended the right of american women to choose abortion under the constitution. the court upheld mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks by a 6- 3 vote, and five of those justices went even farther -- voting to overturn roe versus wade itself. today's opinion is nearly identical to the draft that leaked from the court last to r the 1973 landmark ruling in roe, scorning the idea that the constitution protects a right to choose abortion. "roe was on a collision course with the constitution from the
day it was decided, alito wrote. it is time to heed the constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives." chief justice john roberts joined the conservative majority in upholding the mississippi law, but he insisted the court did not need to overturn roe. instead, he searched for some middle ground, pleading, "none of this, however, requires that we also take the dramatic step of altogether eliminating the abortion right first recognized in roe." and from the liberal wing, a scathing, agonized dissent. justice stephen breyer arguing that alito's ruling is based on nothing more than the fact that three new justices appointed by donald trump -- neil gorsuch, brett kavanagh, and amy coney-barrett -- cast decisive votes to overturn roe. "neither law nor facts nor attitudes have provided any new reasons to reach a different result than roe did. all that has changed is this court," breyer wrote. and in the dissent's last line, breyer, along with justices elena kagan and sonia sotomayor, struck a somber note. "with sorrow for this court, but
more for the many millions of american women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection, we dissent." the impact of today's ruling will be immediate. 13 states have trigger laws that end access to abortion now that roe is overruled. 13 more states are now expected to move quickly to ban abortion. abortion-rights groups are bracing for this new reality in america. >> we certainly are going to be doing everything we can to maintain abortion access in the states that we expect to see coming hard at trying to ban abortion to keep access to services as long as possible. >> reporter: but for those opposed to abortion rights who have fought for this day for decades, there is victory and vindication. >> we have been working on this for actually more than 50 years before roe vs. wade, working to protect unborn children. we have certainly in the pro-life movement a lot of support and programs, centers, pregnancy centers that will help women. >> reporter: in a written statement, former president trump calling today's ruling the
biggest win for life in a generation. and trump takes credit for recent conservative supreme court decisions, made possible he claims, because i delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong constitutionalists confirmed to the united states supreme court." at the white house, president biden warden of dire consequences as a result of this decision. >> with roe gone, let's be very clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk. it was three justices named by one president, donald trump, who are the core of today's decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country. >> reporter: former president barack obama tweeting, "the supreme court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues attacking the essential freedoms of millions of americans." and speaker of the house
nancy pelosi accused republican of trying to drag women into the past. >> because of donald trump, mitch mcconnell, and the republican party, their super majority in the supreme court, american women today have less freedom than their mothers. what this means to women is such an insult. it's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make their own decisions about their reproductive freedom. >> and terry moran joins us from the supreme court tonight. we took note that justice clarence thomas today writing a concurring opinion, calling on his opinions to use the same reasoning to now revisit other cases like contraception and same-sex marriage base on the legal reasoning used in this particular ruling? >> reporter: he sure did. justice alito insists this should only apply to abortion, but the reasoning they used to overturn roe vs. wade can be use
in the other cases and justice thomas called on his colleagues to reconsider cases that establish that right. contraception, seam sex marriage, and private personal conduct. >> we can see the protests on both sides right there behind you. terry moran leading us off tonight. thank you. tonight, the decision to overturn roe spark emotional reactions on this issue, a deeply personal issue on both sides. abc's rachel scott has been traveling the country for months to hear from women on all sides of this debate. tonight we hear from women outside the court and across the nation and from the clinics now forced even today to tell women who had appointments that they could no lodger come, that they must in som to eight hours to get to another state. here's rachel scott tonight. >> my body, my choice! >> we dowon't go back! >> reporter: this is the moment
when the crowds gathered in front of the supreme court heard the news. >> i can't believe it! >> reporter: a joyful moment for neydy casillas, who came with her husband. >> i was shaking and i was so happy. i couldn't even think about anything else. i was just shaking. >> reporter: for others, like 21-year-old kaylan tanner, disappointment. >> it doesn't matter if you don't agree with abortion, but that doesn't mean you take the right away from someone else. period. >> reporter: for ivana castillo this was deeply personal. >> tell me why it was important for you to be out here today. >> it's important because long time ago, i did have an abortion myself. i was raped. so for me, this moment in history is sad. >> reporter: in parts of the country, the change was immediate. abortion now illegal in at least six of those so-called trigger states, including arkansas. dr. janet cathey works at the only clinic in arkansas providing borrowings, already forced to turn people away. >> we had patients in their car on their way here. we called patients.
it's like, i'm already on my way. and they thought, well, i'm already on my way, it will be okay. and it's like, no, it's immediate. it's immediate. i would say panic is the primary reaction. >> reporter: some of those women will have to drive more than seven hours to states like illinois. dr. colleen mcnicholas runs a planned parenthood clinic there. >> within minutes we were receiving calls from clinics and other trigger-ban states to say, i have patients on the schedule tomorrow. how many can you accommodate in the coming days? >> reporter: these women now facing a new reality. >> you're talking about spending the night somewhere. a day off work and finding child care and gasoline and reliable transportation and knowing where to stay. >> we did it! >> reporter: shortly after today's ruling, during abc's live coverage, david asking the president of march for life what she would say to those women now being turned away, facing seven, eight-hour journeys to get an abortion.
>> what would you say to those women and about those women? >> what i would say is that, yoot this. you've got so many opportunities in front of you, and that that is a growing life, an actual human being. the poorest of the poorest, the most vulnerable unborn within you, and we would love to give you all sorts of resources to choose adoption, to be able to support you to make the choice for life. >> reporter: over the past year, i've traveled the country to understand both sides of this, and the efforts in many states to roll back abortion rights. in oklahoma, where abortion is now illegal, i spoke with republican state representative wendy stearman, herself a mother of six. >> i very much agree with the founding principles of our country, which are to defend life and liberty, and life is the first one. >> do you feel like the public support is behind you? >> in the state of oklahoma, absolutely. >> reporter: but in states where democrats are in power, a new push to protect abortion rights. today the governors of oregon, california, and washington
banding together in what they call a west coast offense. >> we will continue to protect patients from any state who come to our states for abortion care. >> defend doctors, nurses and medical professionals. >> and we're going to expand access to abortion services for the people in need. >> reporter: tonight in jackson, mississippi, the clinic at the center of the supreme court case is still performing abortions. by law, they have just another ten days. woks you be z us kobd workers escorting young women to and from appointments. >> planned parenthood has been working for months to create a network of clinics so women can have access to abortions in states where it's illegal. >> now to the political battle ahead. this supreme court decision overturning roe vs. wade has been a fight in the works nearly 50 years now, but many believe
this was truly set into motion with the 2016 presidential election between donald trump and hillary clinton, and both parties tonight recognize abortion will be front and center in the midterms later this year. mary bruce on that part of the story tonight. >> reporter: no matter what side of the abortion issue you're on, the 2016 presidential election was pivotal. then-candidate donald trump was clear in his intentions. >> i am putting pro-life justices on the court. i will say this -- it will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination. >> reporter: his opponent, hilary clinton, vowing to defend the right to an abortion. >> i strongly support roe v. wade, which guarantees a constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate, most difficult, in many cases, decisions about her health care that one can imagine. >> reporter: clinton went on to win the popular vote, but trump won the electoral college and white house. as president, trump got his chance, naming not just one, but
three conservative justices to the court. all of them pressed at their confirmation hearings about whether they would overturn roe. >> so, a good judge will consider as precedent of the united states supreme court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other. >> one of the important things to keep in mind about roe v. wade is that it has been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years. >> as richard fallon from harvard said, roe is not a superprecedent because calls for its overruling never ceased, but that doesn't mean roe should be overruled. >> reporter: everyone after answering roe was established precedent, today all three trump appointed justice voted to overturn the right to an abortion. republican senator susan collins, who supports abortion rights and was the decisive vote to confirm kavanugh and critical to putting gorsuch on the bench, says she was misled. collins calling today's decision a sudden, radical jolt, saying it is inconsistent with what
justices gorsuch and kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting longstanding precedents that the country has relied upon. today's decision will forever change this nation, impacting generations of women. with the midterms just months away, the president blunt. >> this fall, roe is on the ballot. personal freedoms are on the ballot. the right to privacy, liberty, equality, they're all on the ballot. >> reporter: david, we know this -- elections have consequences, and tonight president trump is taking credit while president biden is trying to do what he can, taking actions to defend women traveling to other states to get abortions and making shoo tur abortion pill is readily accessible. he nose real change can only come from congress, and that's why he's stressing the importance of the upcoming midterms. david? >> mary, thank you. one more note on this -- the dividing line clear across this
nation, sometimes opposing views within the same family, between mothers and daughters. abc's deborah roberts tonight. >> reporter: tonight across this country, the nation divided. some considering today a victory 50 years in the making. others outraged that a decision between a woman and her doctor is taken away. in some cases, the bitter divide within the same family. nicole and kathleen, a tight knit mother and daughter. nicole, considered a potential abortion, but instead decided to raise her daughter. >> your, your mom has equated abortion to murder at one point, no? >> at a certain point, yes. if it's a viable child that could live outside the womb, i'd -- yeah. >> reporter: and why is this so important for you to try to change her mind? >> i have the right to control my own body, my own life, my own future, my own destiny.
>> reporter: the idea that now that there are so many states that are starting to enact laws that are prohibiting abortion, what was your reaction to those moves? >> i have to say, a little bit of fear. >> reporter: fear? >> yeah, because as much as i don't really agree with it for me, it's a huge change, and any time you lose a freedom, even one that is controversial, that's frightening to me. any freedom loss is a little frightening to me. >> reporter: despite her views he's concern about other women, she says, stepping into this new territory. this is a complicated and passionate conversation no doubt being had across dinner tables across the country tonight work women like kathleen, david, determined to convince their moms they are entitled to the same right to choose which their
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7news. >> this decision is an outrage. millions of lives -- >> millions of lives will be saved from this decision. >> emotions run high as the supreme court overturned roe v. wade, the position that gave women the right to have an abortion. it has triggered a wave of reaction coast-to-coast. >> what is next from the squad? it has made landmark rulings on reproductive rights and gun control. so much to talk about. thank you for joining us. >> the decision today from the supreme court that has sent shockwaves across the country. the decision on abortion rights often referred to as roe v. wade was overturned. there was a hand this was coming when a draft opinion from the court was leaked but today's ruling affirmed it.
it in really restrict abortions in several states that enacted laws in the event will be weighed was overturned, the decision has stoped a variety of emotions on both sides. >> i know so many women now are going to face incredibly difficult situations. i hear you, i support you, i stand with you. >> the people have won a victory. the right to life has been vindicated. the voiceless will finally have a voice. this great nation can now live up to its core principle that all are created equal. >> protesters have been gathering throughout the day in washington, d.c., outside the court and there have been rallies around the country including in the bay area. more demonstrations are planned for this evening. >> now that the supreme court has overturned roe v. wade, how will that impact laws in california? abc news reporter is in the east