Demonstrations, prayer vigils held across Connecticut following SCOTUS overturn of Roe v. Wade
Demonstrations and prayer vigils sprung up across the country and Connecticut Saturday following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Some praised the decision, while others said they were stunned.
The ruling does not outlaw abortion but returns the power to the states.
Some states have already enacted restrictions on abortion services since the hearing.
Thirteen states have "trigger laws" in place. These were set to restrict or ban abortions as soon as Roe v. Wade was overturned.
In Connecticut, a former president of the Bridgeport NAACP said the landmark ruling has "undone half a century of social process in America."
Senior citizen Dr. Carolyn Nah, of Bridgeport, has spent a lifetime fighting for women's rights.
When she learned the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, the 70-year-old grandmother said her universe stopped.
"How are you going to decide for a woman what she should do with her own personal body? It's the only thing that we have," Nah said.
Nah said she remembers the days before Roe v. Wade was an era of illegal abortions.
She said women who need abortions in some states will have difficulty getting them.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, "The burden of this decision falls particularly hard on women of low income, women of color."
He added that he'll be pushing for federal funding to help women who can't get abortions elsewhere to get them in Connecticut.
The Pro-Life Council of Connecticut stated Saturday that "Friday's Supreme Court decision was a great victory and turning point for our pro-life movement in the USA. We applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing that 'abortion on demand' was never guaranteed right in our Constitution."
It went on to say, "The decision will return the abortion debate back to the states, to our elected state legislators to pass or not pass pro-life legislation."