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Abortion-rights protesters regroup and protest following Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected right to abortion, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

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Abortion Rights Protester Injured as Truck Hits Her While Crossing Street

Videos circulating online reportedly show the driver of a truck running into pro-abortion rights protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Reporter Lyz Lenz said on Twitter Friday evening that a "man in a truck just ran down two peaceful protesters."

"Everyone seems to be okay," Lenz said in a tweet. "One woman had her foot run over. But it was terrifying."

Chaotic videos posted by Lenz of the incident show protesters trying to stop the advance of a black truck that continues moving forward.

Mike Pence Calls For National Abortion Ban, Says Roe in 'Ash Heap of History'

Former Vice President Mike Pence says every state should ban abortion after the Supreme Court struck down federal protections for the procedure.

"By returning the question of abortion to the states and the people, this Supreme Court has righted a historic wrong, and reaffirmed to right of the American people to govern themselves at the state level in a manner consistent with their values and aspirations," Pence said in a Twitter thread Friday.

Pence continued that Roe v. Wade "has been consigned to the ash heap of history" and a "new arena in the cause of life has emerged."

A favorite among social conservatives and possible 2024 Republican presidential contender, Pence called on everyone who opposes abortion to support "women in crisis pregnancies" in every state Capitol while pushing for bans in every state.

"Having been given this second chance for Life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land," said Pence.

Lizzo Promises $500,000 to Planned Parenthood, Matched by LiveNation

Lizzo says her upcoming tour will generate a $1 million donation to support abortion rights.

The pop star made the pledge on Twitter Friday afternoon, following the Supreme Court's decision to undo national abortion protections. Lizzo pledged $500,000 from her 23-date tour that begins in September to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights.

She added that Live Nation, an event promoter and venue operation, will match her pledge, bringing the total to $1 million.

Resurfaced Video Shows Obama Breaking Promise to Codify Roe

Back-to-back clips showing former President Barack Obama backing out of a campaign pledge to protect federal abortion rights began circulating online following Friday's bombshell Supreme Court opinion.

The clips were dug up by the online news outlet The Lever and posted to Twitter. The first clip is from 2007, a year before Obama was elected president. In the clip, Obama says the first thing he'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would guarantee federal abortion rights.

But the next clip shows Obama in 2009 saying the legislation was not his "highest legislative priority."

The online news outlet said in a tweet the clips explain why the landmark Roe v. Wade decision wasn't enshrined into law "when Democrats had the presidency & massive congressional majorities."

Josh Hawley Says Roe Ruling Good For GOP's Hold on Electoral College

Republican Senator Josh Hawley said the Supreme Court's ruling striking down national abortion rights will cause demographic shifts that will end up benefiting his party.

"I would predict that the effect is going to be that more and more red states are going to become more red, purple states are going to become red and the blue states are going to get a lot bluer," the Missouri Senator said on a call with reporters, according to The Kansas City Star. "And I would look for Republicans as a result of this to extend their strength in the Electoral College. And that's very good news."

Immediately following the court's ruling, Republican-led states like Missouri began moving to restrict abortion while Democratic-controlled states have sought to protect access to the procedure. Hawley said the debate between states was positive, the paper reports.

Saying the court's decision will be a "watershed moment in American politics," Hawley said it will result in a split between the social conservatives and fiscal conservatives who make up the Republican Party's coalition. The result, he said, would be a realigned Republican Party with a more populist stance, which Hawley said is where he places himself politically.

However, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas reacted to Hawley on Twitter by saying he wasn't going anywhere.

"I was born here, for better or worse. I'm not going any damn place else and I hope enough like-minded people stay too, so that we change things here," said Lucas. "Moving isn't an option for a lot of our folks. We're never leaving them and their freedoms behind."

AOC Rips Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'Insurrection' Claim as Roe Feud Heats Up

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's claim that she was inspiring "insurrection" by encouraging protests as the congresswomen argued over the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Greene, a Georgia Republican, tweeted on Friday that Ocasio-Cortez had "launched an insurrection" by calling for abortion-rights supporters to protest the Supreme Court striking down the landmark 1973 ruling, adding that "any violence and rioting is a direct result of Democrat marching orders."

The New York Democrat soon hit back, suggesting that Greene was guilty of attempting to "overturn democracy" and alluded to recent claims that she had attempted to secure a pardon from former President Donald Trump following the January 6 Capitol riot.

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Protesters Hit the Streets Across U.S.

Protesters took to the streets Friday following the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Video clips and photos flooded social media as people gathered across the country.

In New York City's Washington Square Park, local reporters shared video clips showing the park filled with protesters chanting and holding signs.

Further north, The Bangor Daily News reported 1,000 people or more had gathered to protest the ruling in Portland, Maine.

Across the country, The Los Angeles Times reported the first protest in Los Angeles began at about 12 p.m. local time and noted additional protests were planned in the area later in the day.

In Austin, Texas, hundreds of abortion rights protesters were seen crowded outside the federal courthouse.

Hundreds more people gathered in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. At least one protester could be seen in photos holding a sign that read, "abortion is a human right."

In Richmond, Virginia, local reporters said two separate crowds had gathered downtown, one in support of and one against abortion rights. Officers were reportedly in the area.

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People gather at Union Square to protest against the the Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health case on June 24, 2022 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Patagonia to Pay Bail for Employees Who Protest Peacefully

Patagonia said in a Friday LinkedIn post that it would pay bail for any of its full-time or part-time employees who are arrested while peacefully protesting in support of abortion rights.

The outdoor gear and clothing company posted its statement on LinkedIn under the title, "Patagonia supports choice" following the Supreme Court's Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In the post, the company outlined some of the benefits it provides employees, which includes abortion access through U.S. medical insurance.

"Where restrictions exist, travel, lodging and food are covered," Patagonia added.

After exploring some of the benefits it provides new parents, Patagonia said it also provides "Training and bail for those who peacefully protest for reproductive justice," as well as the time and resources to vote.

"In post-Roe America, businesses can, and should, ensure reproductive rights," the company said.

The company shared a link to the LinkedIn post on Twitter and wrote, "Patagonia has long supported abortion care, working parents, and families, and we'll continue to do so."

Newsom Expands Protections for Abortion Providers

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday said he signed a bill that will protect abortion providers if other states try to take civil action against them for operating in California.

The Democrat announced he was signing the bill shortly after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

After a draft of the Supreme Court's decision was leaked last month, Newsom said he would take action alongside other legislative leaders to ensure women in California would "remain protected" and retain their right to an abortion.

President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland reminded Americans on Friday that the Supreme Court's ruling does not prevent women from traveling out-of-state to seek abortion services.

On Friday afternoon, Newsom wrote on Twitter that he had "signed a bill that makes our state a safe haven for women across the nation."

"We will not cooperate with any states that attempt to prosecute women or doctors for receiving or providing reproductive care," he added.

'Cruelty Is the Point': Tearful Megan Rapinoe Blasts Roe v. Wade Decision

Megan Rapinoe emotionally denounced the Supreme Court overturning national abortion rights as intentionally "cruel," saying the bombshell decision would "affect everyone in the entire country."

The Olympic gold medalist made the remarks Friday during a pregame news conference ahead of the U.S. women's national soccer team (USWNT) match. Rapinoe joined the chorus of abortion-rights voices speaking out against the nation's highest court striking down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

"I think the cruelty is the point, because this is not pro-life, by any means," she said.

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Over 80 Elected Prosecutors Won't Prosecute Abortions

A group of 84 elected prosecutors around the U.S. said Friday they will not prosecute abortions, according to a Fair and Just Prosecution press release.

The elected prosecutors represent a total exceeding 87 million people in 29 states and territories, as well as in Washington, D.C.

Of that 87 million, an estimated 27 million live in states where abortion is either "now banned or likely to be banned" in the wake of the Supreme Court's Friday decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

The press release referred to abortion criminalization as "a mockery of justice."

"As an elected prosecutor, I took an oath to protect all in my community in the pursuit of justice," Texas District Attorney Joe Gonzales of Bexar County said in the release. "Using limited resources to prosecute personal healthcare decisions would be a violation of that promise."

Gonzales added: "Outlawing abortion will not end abortion; it will simply end safe abortions and prevent people from seeking the care and help they need for fear of criminal prosecution. I refuse to subject members of my community to that risk."

These elected prosecutors "refuse to prosecute those who seek, assist in or provide abortions," according to Fair and Just Prosecution. The organization retweeted posts by elected prosecutors throughout the day as they responded to the Supreme Court's ruling and reiterated their own positions against abortion-related prosecution.

Harris Calls Ruling a 'Health Care Crisis'

Vice President Kamala Harris referred to the Supreme Court's Friday ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization as a "health care crisis."

Harris traveled Friday morning to deliver remarks about maternal health at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA in Plainfield, Illinois. It was while traveling that Harris said she learned of the court's decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

"For nearly 50 years, we have talked about what Roe v. Wade protects," Harris said. "Today, as of right now, as of this minute, we can only talk about what Roe v. Wade protected. Past tense."

"This is a health care crisis," she continued. "Because, understand: millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care that they had this morning, without access to the same health care or reproductive health care that their mothers and grandmothers had for 50 years."

Harris went on to say the decision marked "the first time in the history of our nation that a Constitutional right has been taken from the people of America."

By arguing that abortion "is not deeply rooted in our nation's history," the decision "calls into question other rights that we thought were settled," Harris said. Those include the right to have and use birth control, as well as the rights to same-sex and interracial marriage, she added.

"The great aspiration of our nation has been to expand freedom, but the expansion of freedom clearly is not inevitable," Harris said.

Earlier Friday, President Joe Biden ended his remarks on the Supreme Court's ruling with a call for Americans to use their voices by voting. Harris concluded her public remarks in a similar way.

"You have the power to elect leaders who will defend and protect your rights," she said. "And as the President said earlier today, with your vote, you can act, and you have the final word."

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at YMCA in Plainfield, Illinois, on June 24, 2022. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images

West Coast Governors Pledge to Protect Abortion Rights

While several states have enacted abortion bans in the wake of Roe v. Wade, governors on the west coast joined together to promise to protect access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception.

Jay Inslee of Washington, Kate Brown of Oregon and Gavin Newsom of California made a video about building the "west coast offensive."

"California has banded together with Oregon and Washington to stand up for women, and to protect access to reproductive health care," Newsom said in a statement. "We will not sit on the sidelines and allow patients who seek reproductive care in our states or the doctors that provide that care to be intimidated with criminal prosecution."

The governors promised to protect and expand reproductive rights. This includes protecting patients who come to their states from any other state seeking an abortion, defending doctors, nurses and medical professionals to support patients as well as protect patient privacy from out-of-state agencies trying to investigate patients seeking services in their states.

"In Washington, D.C., Republican-appointed justices have eviscerated a person's right of choice," Inslee said. "In Washington state, Republican legislators seek to do the same. Republican state legislators have introduced about 40 bills in recent years violating a person's right of choice."

Major Companies to Cover Abortion Travel Costs

Several major companies are offering to pay travel-related costs for employees who need to travel out-of-state in order to get an abortion.

After a draft opinion of a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked last month, companies like Amazon and JPMorgan signaled to their employees that they would cover some of the costs associated with abortion-related travel.

When asked about the decision to cover travel-related costs, a spokesperson for JPMorgan told Newsweek the company is "focused on the health and well-being of our employees, and want to ensure equitable access to all benefits."

Citigroup, Starbucks, Tesla, and Yelp are also among the companies that have said they will help employees pay travel costs when they need to leave their home state to get an abortion.

After the Supreme Court announced its decision on Friday, Walt Disney Corporation said it too would cover abortion-related travel costs for its employees, according to IndieWire.

Southwest Airlines told Reuters reporter David Shepardson the company "will work to support our Peoples' needs while remaining compliant with state and federal laws as an Employer," adding its employees "have the benefit of free travel when seats are available."

Southwest added it is "not making any immediate changes to our health benefits" but said it will "continuously evaluate the landscape to ensure we are offering benefits to support our People."

On Friday evening, GoodRx said in a statement shared with Newsweek that the company will also help its employees cover travel-related costs.

"We believe that women have the right to make their own decisions regarding their health, including their reproductive health and access to abortion," GoodRx said. "We are updating our benefits to reimburse employees for travel expenses related to accessing reproductive healthcare."

The statement noted GoodRx has resources available online through its Reproductive Health Center.

"Our mission is to provide Americans with access to care, and that has never been more important than it is right now," GoodRx's statement added.

Biden to Expand Pregnancy, Postpartum Care for Women

On the day the Supreme Court blocked federal abortion protections, the Biden administration announced a new plan to support women during pregnancy and postpartum.

The Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis will take steps to combat maternal mortality and morbidity.

"For far too many mothers, complications related to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum can lead to devastating health outcomes — including hundreds of deaths each year," the administration said in a statement.

This new plan will extend postpartum Medicaid coverage, expand social services for housing, food and child care, invest in rural maternity care, establish a maternity mental health hotline and provide trained personnel to help mothers with substance use disorders and deal with implicit biases.

Federal agencies will also enhance maternal health data, promote better workplace protections for mothers and invest in more hiring, training and deploying of more physicians midwives and health workers during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum.

"As we continue taking bold action to confront the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis, we will continue to listen to people who are pregnant and new mothers and ensure their feedback informs our approach to improve maternal health and strengthen our health care system," the administration said. "With the support of all parts of government and society, we can make this vision a reality."

Pelosi Calls Decisions a 'Slap in the Face to Women'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a solemn speech following the "Trumpian" Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"There's no point in saying 'good morning,' because it certainly is not one," she said to reporters as she took the podium early Friday.

She said the "radical" Supreme Court is "eviscerating" Americans' rights and endangered their health and safety, but that Congress will work to "overcome this extremism."

Pelosi said the Republican Supreme Court achieved its "dark, extreme" goal of "ripping away a woman's right to make her own reproductive health decisions."

"American women today have less freedom than their mothers," she said, blaming former President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican party.

Pelosi called out the contradiction between two recent Supreme court decisions.

While the Court said Thursday that states cannot make laws governing the constitutional right to bear arms, "today they are saying the exact reverse," ruling that states can overturn a Constitutional right that has been in place for 50 years.

"The hypocrisy is raging, but the harm is endless," she said.

Pelosi also questioned whether Justices were telling the truth when they said they respected stare decisis and the precedent of Roe v. Wade during their confirmation hearings before the Senate.

She called the Court's ruling an "insult" and "a slap in the face" to women to prevent them from using their own judgment to make own decision about their reproduction freedom.

Pelosi said "reproductive freedom is on the ballot in November." She said Republicans are "plotting a nation-wide abortion ban" and plan to criminalize reproductive freedoms.

"They cannot be allowed to have the majority in Congress to do that," she said.

"While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into the law of the land," she said.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reacts to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Protests Erupt Outside of SCOTUS

Video captured Friday morning showed protesters gathered outside of the Supreme Court Building as the court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was announced.

In the video, one person can be heard reading from the court's decision: "the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion."

The crowd outside the building then erupts in cheers. Some of the people gathered can be seen holding signs, which contain messages such as, "dismember Roe," "end abortion violence" and "abortion is murder."

Both anti-abortion and abortion rights protesters were gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday in anticipation of the ruling. As anti-abortion protesters cheered the decision, abortion-rights protesters could also be seen holding signs with messages such as, "my body, my choice."

Trump Says Ruling is 'Win for Life'

Former President Donald Trump released a statement Friday afternoon celebrating the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.

The ruling is "the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation," Trump said.

While Trump was in office, he nominated three conservative Justices to the court. Their confirmations shifted the court's balance, leading many legal experts to warn that landmark cases such as Roe v. Wade could be in jeopardy.

In his statement about the ruling, Trump reminded his supporters of his success in adding those three Justices to the court.

The Supreme Court's Friday ruling and other recent decisions "were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court," Trump said. "It was my great honor to do so!"

He added that he "did not cave" to Democrats, the media or to RINOS, or "Republicans in name only."

"These major victories prove that even though the radical left is doing everything in their power to destroy our country, your rights are being protected, the country is being defended, and there is still hope and time to save America," Trump's statement continued. "I will never stop fighting for the Great People of our Nation!"

Taylor Swift 'Absolutely Terrified' After Ruling

Taylor Swift said she is "terrified" following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The singer/songwriter retweeted a statement from former First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday, hours after the decision.

"I'm absolutely terrified that this is where we are - that after so many decades of people fighting for women's rights to their own bodies, today's decision has stripped us of that," Swift wrote.

Accompanying Swift's statement was the full-page statement from the former First Lady, who wrote that she is "heartbroken" for the Americans who "just lost the fundamental right to make informed decisions about their own bodies."

Obama encouraged people upset with the decision "to channel your frustration and anger into action by getting involved" and provided links to Planned Parenthood and the United States of Women Reproductive Justice Hub for women in need of medical assistance or information.

Biden Calls on Congress to Codify Roe

President Joe Biden said Congressional action is key to protect abortion access.

"This is a sad day for the country," he said. "But it doesn't mean the fight is over."

The only way to secure a women's right to choose is for Congress to "restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law," Biden said.

He said "no executive action from the President can do that."

If Congress does not have the votes now to get this done, Biden encouraged voters to "make their voices heard" in November.

He said the American people must elect more Senators and Representatives who will codify a woman's right to choose into federal law and elect state leaders to support this right on the local level.

"This fall, Roe is on the ballot," he said, as well as personal freedoms, the right to privacy, liberty and equality.

Biden said he will continue to do all in his power to protect the rights of women in vulnerable states.

"This decision must not be the final word," he said. "My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers, but Congress must act. And with your vote, you can act. You can have the final word. This is not over."

Biden Reminds Women They Can Travel for Care

President Joe Biden on Friday said the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade "cast a dark shadow" over the U.S., but noted there are still many states in the country that protect a woman's right to an abortion.

For women who now live in states with limited abortion access, "the Supreme Court's decision does not prevent her from traveling from her home state to the state that allows it," Biden said during remarks he delivered after the court's ruling was announced. "It does not prevent a doctor in that state from treating her."

The same point was made earlier Friday in a statement released by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The court's ruling "does not eliminate the ability of states to keep abortion legal within their borders," Garland's statement said. "And the Constitution continues to restrict states' authority to ban reproductive services provided outside their borders," he added.

Biden referenced Garland's statement while delivering his own comments about the ruling.

"As the attorney general has made clear, women must remain free to travel safely to another state to seek care they need," Biden said. "My administration will defend that bedrock right."

The President added that, if any official at the state or local level attempts to block a woman's right to travel out of state to seek medical treatment, "I will do everything in my power to fight that deeply un-American attack."

Biden Blames Trump, His 3 Justices for Roe Decision

President Joe Biden blamed his predecessor and the three Justices he appointed to the Supreme Court for today's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a Constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognized," Biden said during a press conference Friday. "That has never been done to a right so important to so many Americans."

Biden said he believes Roe was the right decision and noted the "broad national consensus" supporting federal protection for abortions.

Roe was a 7-2 decision in 1973 and was upheld several times by the Supreme Court. But today, Biden blames four people for reversing those decisions.

"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," he said.

The three Justices appointed to the Court under Trump's time in office are Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. All three Justices joined the majority opinion to overturn Roe today.

Texas Law to Ban, Criminalize Abortion in Effect

Texas is set to enact a near-total ban on abortions now that Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The state legislature passed a "trigger law" that would go into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

The law bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, with the exception to save the life of a pregnant patient or prevent "substantial impairment of major bodily function."

It will also criminalize performing abortions, making the action a felony.

"Roe v. Wade, and its successor case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, have absolutely no basis in the U.S. Constitution," Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.

"Today, the question of abortion returns to the states. And in Texas, that question has already been answered: abortion is illegal here. I look forward to defending the pro-life laws of Texas and the lives of all unborn children moving forward."

Paxton also declared June 24 an "annual holiday." The Attorney General said he will close his office today at noon as a memorial to the "almost 70 million babies have been killed in the womb" as a result of Roe.

Louisiana Trigger Law to Ban Abortion Now in Effect

A "trigger law" banning all abortions in Louisiana is now in effect, according to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

According to the state law, "any decision of the United States Supreme Court which reverses... Roe v. Wade... thereby, restoring to the state of Louisiana the authority to prohibit abortion."

Now that the Court has overruled Roe, striking down federal abortion protections, the law has been triggered, imposing an immediate prohibition on all abortion, except in cases when the mother's life is threatened. There is no exception for abortion in the case of rape or incest, regardless of the woman's age.

The law will also criminalize providing abortions and the distribution of abortion pills. The three remaining abortion clinics in the state are also expected to close soon.

"My office and I will do everything in our power to ensure the laws of Louisiana that have been passed to protect the unborn are enforceable, even if we have to go back to court," Landry said in a statement. "As the chief legal officer for our State, I will continue defending Louisiana's pro-life laws and working to ensure the health and safety of women and their babies."

Biden to Deliver Remarks on Ruling Soon

President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks soon about the Supreme Court's decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

Shortly after the court's decision was announced Friday morning, the White House tweeted that Biden will speak publicly about the ruling Friday afternoon.

Biden's remarks are expected to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. He will be speaking in the Cross Hall at the White House, according to his updated schedule.

Biden's remarks will be streamed live on the White House website. Watch live below:

Liberal Justices Dissent 'With Sorrow'

The three liberal Justices on the Supreme Court dissented to the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturning federal abortion protections.

"With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent," Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote.

From the moment of fertilization, "a woman has no rights to speak of," the Justices write about the impact of this decision.

"After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had," the dissent said.

The Justices said this decision will allow a state to "impose its moral choice on a woman and coerce her to give birth to a child."

"Withdrawing a woman's right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy does not mean that no choice is being made," the dissent said. "It means that a majority of today's Court has wrenched this choice from women and given it to the States."

It may also lead to the criminalization of abortion, "incarcerating or fining [a woman] for daring to seek or obtain an abortion," the Justices said.

The dissenters said this decision will cause "suffering" for millions of women and force women to bear the children of her rapists, "no matter if doing so will destroy her life."

"For millions of women, Roe and Casey have been critical in giving them control of their bodies and their lives," the Justices said. "Closing our eyes to the suffering today's decision will impose will not make that suffering disappear."

Confidence in SCOTUS Hits All-Time Low

American confidence in the Supreme Court hit a record low shortly before the court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was made official.

According to a Gallup poll conducted between June 1 and 20, about 25 percent of American adults said they had "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the court. The poll's results mark a drop from last year, when 36 percent of American adults expressed confidence in the Supreme Court.

The lowest confidence levels Gallup pollsters have recorded among American adults was in 2014, when 30 percent said they had confidence in the court.

Pollsters noted Democrats and independent voters are driving the dip in confidence, with about 13 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independents expressing confidence in the court, compared with 39 percent of Republican voters.

Confidence in the court among Democrats last year was at about 30 percent and at about 40 percent among independents. There has been a 2 percent increase among Republicans in their confidence levels from mid-2021 to June 2022.

Anti-Abortion Activists, GOP Celebrate

Crowds have been gathering outside the Supreme Court since earlier this morning ahead of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Both anti-abortion rights and pro-abortion rights demonstrators with signs and banners awaited the Court's major decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

After the decision was handed down to overturn Roe, anti-abortion rights activists celebrated.

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The official Twitter account for the Republican Party tweeted "life wins" Friday morning.

Planned Parenthood Condemns 'Threats of Violence'

Planned Parenthood and over 100 other reproductive rights organizations and providers released a statement condemning violence in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn abortion rights.

"We reject the tactics and threats of groups that use destruction and violence as a means to an end," the joint statement from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Liberate Abortion Campaign said. "They do not speak for us, our supporters, our communities, or our movement."

The organization said it is committed to protecting and expanding abortion and reproductive freedoms "through peaceful, non-violent organizing and activism."

The statement said people deserve to provide and access abortion care in a "safe and supportive environment," noting decades of harassment and intimidation from anti-abortion activists.

"Abortion providers and reproductive freedom advocates have been threatened, stalked, and even murdered for doing their jobs," the statement said.

"We also recognize that those most loudly lifting up the actions of groups threatening violence have historically been silent as health centers, providers, and patients have been under threat for far too long," it said. "They continue to attack abortion and those who seek it with increasingly misleading and hostile rhetoric."

The organizations ended by saying the American people "do not want lawmakers controlling their bodies, their lives, or their most personal medical decisions."

"We will proudly continue to do the work of protecting their health and rights," the statement said.

Moments after the decision Friday, Planned Parenthood released a statement vowing to continue fighting for abortion rights.

"We know you may be feeling a lot of things right now — hurt, anger, confusion," Planned Parenthood said. "Whatever you feel is OK. We're here with you — and we'll never stop fighting for you."

Nearly Half of States Set to Ban Abortions

The Supreme Court overturned the 50-year precedent set in Roe v. Wade, allowing for abortion bans in roughly half of the states in the U.S.

Thirteen states, mainly in the south and midwest, already have laws on the books that ban abortion in the case that Roe was overturned, the Associated Press reports.

Another half-dozen states have near-total bans or prohibition after six weeks of pregnancy.

In other states, there will be battles over dormant abortion bans that were enacted before Roe was decided in 1973 or new laws that strictly limit when abortions can be performed.

More than 90 percent of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, according to data compiled by Guttmacher. More than half of those are now done with pills, not surgery.

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v Wade

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that protected abortion rights.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision.

This decision allows states to ban access to abortion.