Lawmakers are starting to sift through the legal ramifications of Dobbs’ landmark ruling

Predictably, the pro-life side applauds the decision to overturn “Roe v. Wade”; The pro-choice side says it was a terrible decision.

WASHINGTON — On June 24, the United States Supreme Court voted to strike down the constitutional right to abortion, reversing 49 years of precedent and paving the way for states to ban or severely restrict abortion.

For the first time since that historic decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee digs deeper Tuesday into what it all means.

The answer, of course, depends on one’s point of view.

Pro-choice organizations and lawmakers said the decision was dire.

“I cannot overstate the level of harm and chaos that the Dobbs decision has already caused people seeking abortion care,” said Khiara Bridges, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

“Banning abortion care won’t stop people from having abortions,” said Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California). “It will only make abortion more deadly. Overthrowing Roe does nothing more than endanger women’s lives.”

The pro-life organization and lawmakers applauded the decision.

“For many Americans, this decision goes far beyond correcting a flawed legal analysis in Roe. It means protecting the rights of the unborn,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“The Dobbs decision offers immense hope to women and unborn children across the country. For the first time in half a century, the people, through our elected representative, have the legal power to affirm the dignity of women and to fully protect unborn babies,” said Denise Harle, senior attorney and director of the Center for Life, Alliance Defending Freedom.

To date, abortion is prohibited, or soon will be, in 13 states.

At least 26 Republican-led states are expected to ban or heavily restrict abortions as a result of the Dobbs decision.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said he favors a state ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

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