Jun 27, 2022 - Politics

Reactions from the Roe ruling in Arkansas

A group of protesters opposed to the SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade march.
Protestors marched around the downtown Fayetteville square on Friday evening following a gathering at the Town Center. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

An estimated 1,000 advocates of abortion rights demonstrated at the Fayetteville Town Center Friday evening to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Meanwhile: Arkansas' Republican politicians were quick with statements that largely praised the court and the decision.

  • Sen. John Boozman: "This is a long-awaited, consequential day for our nation. The Supreme Court's decision to affirm there is no constitutional right to indiscriminately sacrifice the lives of children in their mothers' wombs is the culmination of decades of work to correct the tragic, deadly lie that unborn babies are expendable and undeserving of protection."
  • Rep. Steve Womack: "The dignity and value of each human life has been upheld. This decision rightfully restores the American people's ability to protect babies and recognizes the science-backed truths of the humanity of the unborn."

The other side: Advocates of abortion rights also shared their thoughts on the ruling.

  • Lori Williams, clinical director of Little Rock Family Planning Services: "[Friday's] decision will harm people, cost lives, and devastate families for generations to come."
  • Holly Dickson, executive director of ACLU of Arkansas: "This will have an immediate and life-altering effect on all Arkansans — especially people of color, immigrants, people who live in rural areas, young people, and people with low incomes — who already shoulder the brunt of inaccessibility."
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