Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) choked up as she addressed protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, clearly struggling to keep her emotions in check as she railed against the leaked early opinion draft that would overturn landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade.
As a drum beat steadily in the background, Warren complained that the battle had already been going on “for decades,” adding, “And we are gonna fight back!”
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The crowd erupted in cheers, and Warren continued, arguing that the people who would be impacted if Roe v. Wade was really overturned were those who could least afford the impact.
“I am angry because of who will pay the price for this! It will not be wealthy women. Wealthy women can get on an airplane. They can fly to another state. They can fly to another country. They can get the protection they need,” she said, her voice breaking.
“This will fall on the poorest women. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest,” Warren continued. “This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs to be able to support the children they have.”
“Well, I am here because I am angry,” Warren said again. “And I am here because the United States Congress can change all of this.”
As the crowd broke out in cheers again, Warren added that she was “angry, but committed.”
“Understand this! Understand this,” she added. “I have seen the world where abortion is illegal, and we are not going back. Not ever. So say it with me, ‘We are not going back.’”
“We are not going back!” the protesters shouted in response.
“Not ever!” Warren said, and the crowd repeated, “Not ever!”
“Not ever!” she said again, and again. “NEVER!”
Several reporters followed Warren as she walked away, and she spoke with them briefly as well.
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“I am angry,” she said. “Angry and upset and determined. The United States Congress can keep Roe v. Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it.”
One reporter remarked that she had never seen Warren so worked up.
“This is what — the Republicans have been working toward this day for decades,” she replied, her voice still shaking. “They have been out there plotting, carefully cultivating these Supreme Court Justices so they could have a majority on the bench who would accomplish something that the majority of Americans do not want.”
Warren went on to argue that the majority of Americans would prefer to have Roe v. Wade remain as the law of the land, and one protester could be heard shouting over her about how those in favor of abortion were supporting dismembering children in the womb.
“Extremists … We’ve heard enough from the extremists,” Warren said.