House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised protestors expressing their “righteous anger” over the recent leak of a Supreme Court opinion draft which suggests the Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, effectively punting the issue of handling abortion back to the states.
Fox News reports:
“While we have seen and heard extraordinary anguish in our communities,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “we have been moved by how so many have channeled their righteous anger into meaningful action: planning to march and mobilize to make their voices heard.”
“Republicans have made clear that their goal will be to seek to criminalize abortion nationwide,” Pelosi said. “Republican state legislators across the country are already advancing extreme new laws, seeking to arrest doctors for offering reproductive care, ban abortion entirely with no exceptions, and even charge women with murder who exercise their right to choose.”
Pelosi’s statement comes just two days before the Senate is set to take a procedural vote on a bill that would codify abortion protections at a federal level, superseding any state laws on the matter. But the bill is almost certain not to pass, as Republicans oppose it and in the 50-50 Senate, Democrats don’t have the votes to break a filibuster.
The statement also follows a week in which protests broke out in front of the Supreme Court, leading police to erect a fence around the building. And over the weekend some protesters also showed up outside the houses of the conservative justices who are expected to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Over the weekend, abortion rights protestors threw Molotov cocktails through the window of the headquarters of a pro-life organization in Wisconsin. [Read Next: Insane Pro-abortion Activists Attack Pro-life Group with Molotov Cocktails in Wisconsin]