LGBTQ Elected Officials React to Overturning of Roe

The Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which protected the right to choose, in their ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. LGBTQ elected officials responded to the news and are calling for action against the regression in social progress by the Supreme Court. Here are some of their statements…  

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: 

“For 50 years, this nation respected a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions. Today the Court held that government officials will decide instead.” 

Many are calling on their state legislatures to codify the right to abortion.  

Governor Kate Brown of Oregon released statement condemning the decision saying, “You cannot ban abortion, you can only ban safe abortions — and this disgraceful Supreme Court decision will undoubtedly put many people’s lives at risk, in addition to stripping away a constitutional right that disproportionately affects women and has been settled law for most of our lifetimes.”  

Governor Brown also joined with the Governors of California and Washington to form a multi-state commitment to protecting abortion access. 

Governor Jared Polis of Colorado, who codified abortion rights in the state in April, spoke out against the Court’s alarming decision saying, “state leadership matters now more than ever and in Colorado we will not retreat to an archaic era where the powerful few controlled the freedoms over our bodies and health decisions.”  

The LGBTQ Attorneys General have made it clear that they will fight to protect women’s rights in the face of this decision. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel explains that it is dangerous to undo 50 years of precedent, saying it iscreating extraordinary upheaval in the American legal system; and putting at risk other individual rights that generations of Americans fought to secure and preserve.” AG Nessel has ensured that abortions will not be prosecuted in her state and determines that future laws that intrude into our bedrooms and doctor’s appointments are unconstitutional. 

Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey noted, “Abortion will determine whether or not a woman is able to go to school, stay in school, join the workforce, leave the workforce. So, I want to be clear that this is an assault and an afront achieved by right-wing idealogues who sit on the Supreme Court.” 

Many of our LGBTQ members of Congress also took a stance against the decision, with many calling for other methods to combat further regressive decisions from the court. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that she and 33 other Democratic Senators wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to fight for women’s reproductive rights.  

U.S. Representative Mark Takano, among others, noted that unsafe abortions will now happen in states with trigger-laws and anti-abortion laws on the books. And as U.S. Representative Sharice Davids pointed out, many states will neglect “instances of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being at risk” in their quest to outlaw abortion.  

U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones and Virginia Delegate Danica Roem urged young people to get engaged in politics on MSNBC. Watch the full clip here: 

 LGBTQ state legislators are also taking a stand and working to ensure reproductive justice in their states remains. Here are just some examples of the work they are doing: 

 When extremists in Nebraska attempted to ban abortion earlier this year, state Senator Megan Hunt filibustered the bill to stop them. Now, she’s fighting to ensure another attempt doesn’t pass in Nebraska.  

Florida state Representative Michele Rayner called the ruling a “Stonewall moment… a moment to decide who we are going to be” during a pro-abortion rally. Watch her full speech here:  

The fight to restore reproductive justice has only just begun. Our LGBTQ elected officials know what is at stake and know how to fight for our freedoms and equality for all.