BOSTON (CBS) – Abortion rights are protected by state law in Massachusetts regardless of a Supreme Court ruling, but the local delegation of lawmakers vow to fight for other states that could enforce a ban on reproductive care.
From Washington D.C. to Massachusetts, lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren are voicing their frustrations on a draft ruling that shows the Supreme Court may overturn Roe vs. Wade.
"Sixty-nine percent of people across this country – across this country, red states and blue states, old people and young people want Roe vs. Wade to maintain as the law of the land," Sen. Warren (D-MA) said from Washington. "We need to do that. We have a right!"
Her anger is shared by others in the Massachusetts delegation. From the State House steps in Boston, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA 5th District) criticized the GOP and called on voters to defend Roe and the Constitution.
"They will not be satisfied on rolling back the clock on women," she said. "They will come for LGBTQ communities, communities of color... they told us they will. This is not hyperbole; this is not paranoia."
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA 7th District) reminded people, especially women that this isn't the final draft.
"We feared a moment like this could come, but I think it's important to note that this is a draft. It's not a ruling," she said.
Lawmakers are calling on people to turn their anger into action at the ballot box.
"We are not powerless in the face of this frustrating, devastating wrong – we now have the right to vote, and we must execute on that," said Rep. Clark.
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