June 24, 2022 Roe v. Wade news

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:19 a.m. ET, June 25, 2022
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11:57 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

JPMorgan Chase will cover travel benefits for workers seeking abortion starting July 1 

From CNN's Alison Kosik

JPMorgan Chase is clarifying its health care benefits in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday, saying that abortion has long been a covered service for the bank and starting in July will be included under the company’s health care travel benefit.  

“As always, we’re focused on the health and well-being of our employees, and want to ensure equitable access to all benefits," JPMorgan Chase spokesperson Joseph Evangelisti told CNN on Friday. 

In a memo sent to all US JP Morgan employees on June 1, the investment bank noted that it will expand its existing health care travel benefit for any covered service “that can only be obtained far away from your home," including abortion. 

It previously only covered services such as organ transplants and bariatric surgery under that travel benefit. 

11:58 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

House Republicans eye 15-week abortion ban after SCOTUS ruling

From CNN's Melanie Zanona

Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey – one of the GOP’s leading anti-abortion voices who said the issue is what inspired him to run for office – said he’s planning to lower his proposed 20-week abortion ban down to 15 weeks in light of the Supreme Court eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. 

Smith is the chief sponsor of “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill has previously passed the House when Republicans were in power, and the GOP has pointed to that measure as a piece of legislation they would like to again put on the floor if they regain control of the chamber next year.

But Smith said he’s planning to make the ban stricter.

“We’re working on something along those lines,” Smith said, when asked by CNN about a nationwide abortion ban. “I have the Pain Capable at 20 weeks. We’re going to lower it to 15. There are all kinds of ideas there.”

“But we don’t have at this point the ability to overcome a veto or a filibuster,” he added.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v Wade, House Republicans have started discussing what anti-abortion bills they would put on the floor if they win the majority and have used recent closed-door party meetings to discuss their messaging and strategy on abortion. 

CNN reported that earlier this month, the head of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List addressed a House GOP conference meeting, where she talked to members about how to message on the issue and encouraged members to take incremental steps toward banning abortion if they win the majority. 

Besides the 20-week ban bill, there is also a stricter measure in the House that would prohibit abortions once cardiac activity is detected, which has more than 100 Republican co-sponsors in the House. 

Top House Republicans, however, have been wary to push for stricter, nationwide abortion bans and are instead expected to focus their messaging on calling for bans on so-called late term abortions, which are rare. But Republicans feel like it’s a more popular message and that polling is on their side when it comes to late term abortions.

1:09 p.m. ET, June 24, 2022

Civil and reproductive rights groups criticize "devastating" SCOTUS decision on abortion rights

From CNN’s Nicquel Terry Ellis, Chandelis Duster and Nicole Chavez 

Dozens of civil and reproductive rights groups are denouncing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda released a statement calling it a “devastating blow against women’s civil and human rights.” 

“Eliminating abortion rights in many states will be an inconvenience for women and birthing people of means — mostly white — who will be able to afford the high cost of accessing safe abortion,” the statement read. “Many Black women and birthing people will lose all access — for them, the cost may be their health, lives or livelihood.”

The NAACP also rejected the move by the Supreme Court with one leader saying it sets the country back to a “dangerous era where basic constitutional rights only exist for a select few.”

“There is no denying the fact that this is a direct attack on all women, and Black women stand to be disproportionately impacted by the court’s egregious assault on basic human rights,” said NAACP General Counsel Janette McCarthy Wallace. “We must all stand up to have our voices heard in order to protect our nation from the further degradation of civil rights protections we have worked so hard to secure.”

Leaders from Movement for Black Lives say the decision further guts reproductive health care access for millions of Black women, girls, transgender and gender nonconforming people. 

“Dobbs v. Jackson is another affront to Black lives in this country, with those in power continuously proving that they do not care about the health and well-being of Black people,” the group said in a statement. “As a Black liberation movement guided by Black feminist values and a commitment to abolition, we see the fall of Roe for what it is: another avenue for the state to criminalize, surveil and harm the most vulnerable among us.”

The Lilith Fund, which provides financial assistance and emotional support for people who need abortions in Texas, responded to the decision with a tweet saying “Another #SCOTUS day and we are struggling.” 

“Sending love and power to everyone who’s had abortions, those seeking care right now, and to anyone who has been or will be denied the right to an abortion because of racist and classist laws,” the tweet continues.

Lupe M. Rodríguez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, said the court’s decision will “directly and disproportionately” harm Latinas and all communities of color. For many, she added, it is a matter of life and death.

“We are not surprised — the courts have never served our communities,” Rodríguez said. “Once again, the Supreme Court has gone against the will of the people.”

11:49 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

Ruling sets up court battles over states trying to block abortions outside their borders

From CNN's Tierney Sneed

With states now free to ban the procedure, Friday’s ruling sets up the next anticipated abortion fight in court: what states can do to hinder abortions obtained outside their borders.

The liberal justices noted this in their dissent.

“After this decision, some States may block women from traveling out of State to obtain abortions, or even from receiving abortion medications from out of State,” they wrote. “Some may criminalize efforts, including the provision of information or funding, to help women gain access to other States’ abortion services.”

As they expressed concerns about the financial and logistical challenges women will face to travel out of state to obtain abortion, the liberals alluded to effort to prevent “interstate travel to obtain an abortion.”

In a concurrence, Justice Brett Kavanaugh tried to quell some of those concerns, as he tried to play down the other legal questions the Friday ruling raises. 

“For example, may a State bar a resident of that State from traveling to another State to obtain an abortion? In my view, the answer is no based on the constitutional right to interstate travel,” Kavanaugh wrote.

Still, even before Friday’s opinion, some red states were testing the waters around how fair they could reach to regulate outside their borders. A proposal in Missouri sought to apply the state’s criminal abortion laws to abortions obtained in other states by its residents. The proposal would even extend to cases where "sexual intercourse occurred within this state and the child may have been conceived by that act of intercourse."

In Texas, some state lawmakers have vowed to punish companies that pay for the out of state travel of their employees who seek abortions. Medication abortion — and the way that women can order the two-pill regimen over the internet and be delivered it via the mail — is further complicating the legal questions around states efforts to eradicate the procedure. Blue states have proactively sought to protect their providers from extradition and other legal risks if red states try to prosecute them for facilitating an abortion.

As the liberal justices see it, the questions over interstate abortion access is also shaping up to the next big court battle that Friday’s ruling will prompt. They wrote that “the majority’s ruling today invites a host of questions about interstate conflicts.”

“Can a State bar women from traveling to another State to obtain an abortion? Can a State prohibit advertising out-of-state abortions or helping women get to out-of-state providers? Can a State inter ere with the mailing of drugs used for medication abortions?” they write. “The Constitution protects travel and speech and interstate commerce, so today’s ruling will give rise to a host of new constitutional questions. Far from removing the Court from the abortion issue, the majority puts the Court at the center of the coming ‘interjurisdictional abortion wars.’”
11:46 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

National Right to Life Convention erupted in cheers when ruling was announced

From CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi

At the annual National Right to Life Convention in Atlanta, which is being held this weekend, cheers erupted when someone shouted “Roe’s been overturned!” at 10:10 a.m. ET.

Attendees hugged one another, and some were visibly emotional.

“We are all excited,” Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee, told CNN. “Of course, everybody here is erupting in tears of joy that this has finally happened. We are going to be celebrating for the rest of the weekend.”

But, Tobias acknowledged: “We have a long battle ahead of us. Abortion is not going to be illegal because of this decision. The elected officials are now going to have to determine what the laws will be – federal and state levels. There’s a lot of work to do. And we need to build a culture that’s pro-mom, pro-baby, pro-life. We certainly know this is not the end.”

Lynda Bell, the chair of the board of NRLC and President of Florida Right to Life, teared up as she described what she was feeling.

“I can barely talk,” she said. “We have waited for this for 49 years, and finally, the court has recognized their egregious decision that stripped the states of the ability to protect life,” she said, calling Friday’s ruling the “correction of a terrible, terrible decision.”

“When you fight for something for decades and it comes to fruition, it is just stunning,” she told CNN.

11:44 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

CNN analyst weighs in on why SCOTUS ruling will impact poor women who choose abortion

Friday's Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade will most affect poor women across the United States, CNN senior political analyst Nia-Malika Henderson said.

Poor or low-income woman represent 75% of abortion patients, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

"If you think about the primary reason why women choose to get an abortion is financial ... they can't afford to have a child," Henderson said. "A lot of these women already have children. The extra financial burden would be just too much for them to bear."

Looking at the policies in states that are intent on banning abortions, the question is whether they will expand the social safety net for women who are forced to carry their babies to term, Henderson explained.

"They will have to get all sorts of medical care. Will there be paid family leave at these jobs? We know this is going to fall disproportionately on women who are poor of all races — White, Black, Latino, Asian," she said. "They can't afford to go to another state where they can get an abortion."

There are also legal implications to face if they do manage to travel to another state, and additionally, a lot of questions surround the father of the child in question.

"Think about also the partners of these women. If they're not together, not living in the same household, now does a man have to start paying child support earlier than they would at this point?" Henderson asked.

The Supreme Court ruling that leaves states to determine their respective abortion rights has now created two Americas, Henderson said.

"We have two Americas now — one where women can have access to abortion and family planning. And another America where they will not have the right to decide whether or not they want to bring another child into their family."
11:36 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

Biden to address nation on Roe v. Wade being overturned this afternoon

From CNN's Matthew Hoye

President Joe Biden speaks in Washington, DC on June 22.
President Joe Biden speaks in Washington, DC on June 22. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

According to updated guidance from the White House, President Biden will address the Supreme Court decision at 12:30 p.m. ET from the White House. 

11:26 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

Liberal justices warn decision will hurt women and impact "countless life decisions"

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

Abortion rights advocates had long warned about the implications of overturning Roe v. Wade, and liberal justices said in their dissent on Friday that the decision will impact “countless life decisions,” including “whether and how to invest in education or careers, how to allocate financial resources and how to approach intimate family relationships.” 

“Taking away the right to abortion, as the majority does today, destroys all those individual plans and expectations,” the dissenters said and emphasized “in so doing, it diminishes women’s opportunities to participate fully and equally in the Nation’s political, social, and economic life.” 

The language of the dissent mirrored a “friend of the court brief” filed by economists that focused on the societal and economic effects abortion access has had on women over the last 50 years.  

The economists pointed to studies that show that expansion of abortion access ushered in by Roe reduced teen motherhood by 34% and teen marriage by 20%. “Studies also demonstrate that for women experiencing unintended pregnancies, access to abortion has increased the probability that they attend college and enter professional occupations,” they wrote.  

“There is a substantial body of well-developed and credible research that shows that abortion legalization and access in the United States has had — and continues to have — a significant effect on birth rates as well as broad downstream social and economic effects, including on women’s educational attainment and job opportunities,” they concluded.   

Attorneys for Mississippi as well as Justice Amy Coney Barrett at oral arguments had suggested that abortion access is no longer as relevant to women and their families in the modern day due to improvements in health care and adoption laws.  

11:31 a.m. ET, June 24, 2022

Texas attorney general says abortion now illegal in state and declares June 24 a holiday for his office

From CNN's Roxanne Garcia

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a conference in 2021.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a conference in 2021. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in his statement on the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade announced the statewide closure of his agency’s offices Friday “in honor of the nearly 70 million unborn babies killed in the womb since 1973,” according to a release from the attorney general’s office. 

“Roe v. Wade and its successor case Planned Parenthood v. Casey have absolutely no basis in the U.S. Constitution,” said Paxton. “Nevertheless, for half a century, Americans have had to live under these illegitimate, illegal, and unconstitutional dictates of a partisan, willful Supreme Court. No more. 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.”  

 “Further,” Paxton added, “we cannot forget the extraordinary violence that Roe and Casey unleashed on our nation. Because of those decisions, almost 70 million babies have been killed in the womb. And so, today at noon, I am closing all my offices as a memorial to these babies. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them. Never again should something like this happen in America.”