The Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade, and many Democrats have reacted by describing it as a "dark day" for America.
"The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion.
While the decision enables states to prohibit abortions, it does not force states to do so.
Democrats decried the decision, with many using the two words "dark day" to describe the situation.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York claimed that death and suffering will result from the high court's ruling.
"Today is a dark day in American history," Bowman said in a statement. "Our country today failed the millions of Americans who will suffer from this inhumane, dangerous, and deadly ruling — especially the poor and people of color who will suffer and die the most," he declared. "For our democracy and governance to work, we must restore the legitimacy of the Court. The best way to do that is to expand the Supreme Court and restore a level of balance that has eroded over the years."
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan declared in a statement that, "Today is an extremely dark day for our country."
"There is no limit on how far back in time the religious zealots on the Supreme Court want to take our country. Their decision today is not about law, precedent, or principle, it is about creating a society without any separation of church and state, where corporations have more rights than you do," Tlaib said. "Democrats in the Senate must abolish the filibuster, codify the right to an abortion, and expand the court to restore a semblance of legitimacy – our lives literally depend on it."
Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri referred to the "far-right extremist, racist, classist, bigoted Supreme Court" during an appearance on MSNBC.
"The consequences of overturning a 49-year precedent affirming our constitutional right to abortion care will be deadly," Bush said in a statement about the high court's decision.
"Abortion care IS health care. It was so before this. And it will remain so after this. We don't care what a far-right extremist Supreme Court that is in a crisis of legitimacy says. Your racist, sexist, classist ruling won't stop us from accessing the care we need," Bush tweeted.
"Today is a dark day for our country," Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said in a statement. "Make no mistake, some women will die because of this decision — whether through unsafe and unregulated abortions, a lack of access to medically necessary lifesaving abortions, or suicide."