In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, it has become increasingly clear how crucial former President Donald Trump and his three Supreme Court nominees were in forging the path to a post-Roe America.
Friday’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a 5-4 decision in favor of overturning Roe and leaving the issue of abortion to the states. Three of the five justices who joined in that majority opinion were nominated by Trump: Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
The Trump-nominated justices, along with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, who authored the majority opinion, argued that Roe had been “egregiously wrong” from the start. The court’s sixth conservative member, Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush nominee, disagreed that the ruling should be overturned.
Nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court was a goal that then-candidate Trump frequently spoke about during his 2016 presidential campaign. During a debate, Trump claimed Roe would be overturned “automatically” if he had the chance to nominate justices to the court.
“And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court,” he said.
After the ruling was made public Friday, Trump released a statement celebrating the decision as the “biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation.”
The former president also acknowledged the vital role he played in the decision, saying that it had only been “possible” because he “delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.”
Democrats also pointed to Trump as one of the key drivers behind the Dobbs ruling. During a press conference Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) specifically called out the former president for the role he had played in shifting the Supreme Court rightward.
“Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party, their supermajority in the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers,” Pelosi said.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling, law enforcement officials anticipate a wave of pro-abortion violence and civil unrest with the potential to last weeks.