SALT LAKE CITY — On Friday, the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing states the right to ban abortions. In response to the ruling, many of Utah’s local and state leaders have issued statements on the matter.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox was one of the first to issue a statement, saying that, “We wholeheartedly support today’s Supreme Court ruling,” in addition to remaining “dedicated to giving a voice to the most vulnerable in our society, including the unborn.”
We wholeheartedly support today’s Supreme Court ruling. pic.twitter.com/9a3CGmpU5D
— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) June 24, 2022
Just minutes later, Utah Senator Mitt Romney joined Governor Cox in support of the decision, stating, “I Support the Courts decision, which means that laws regarding abortion will now rightfully be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
My statement regarding the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: pic.twitter.com/VVcy1nff33
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 24, 2022
Following Governor Cox and Senator Romney, several other state politicians, including Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Representative Blake Moore and Representative John Curtis all issue their statements in favor of the Court’s decision.
— Utah Attorney General (@UtahAG) June 24, 2022
I am thrilled with today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. States like Utah have been given back their right to protect the lives of millions of children and support expecting mothers. This is a monumental day in our nation’s history. #utpol
— Rep. Blake Moore (@RepBlakeMoore) June 24, 2022
— Rep. John Curtis (@RepJohnCurtis) June 24, 2022
On the flip-side, the Utah Democratic Party voiced their collective opinion, fully opposing the decision and urging members of the political party to contact their legislators in order to try and repeal S.B. 174, which prohibits a pregnant woman from receiving an abortion.
Utah Democratic Party Chair Diane Lewis released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling this morning.
— Utah Democratic Party (@UtahDemocrats) June 24, 2022
Republican Senate candidate Becky Edwards (Ally Isom and incumbent Sen. Mike Lee have both expressed support for banning abortion) :
— Becky Edwards for Utah (@beckyforutah) June 24, 2022
Independent Senate candidate Evan McMullin:
My statement on today’s Supreme Court decision: pic.twitter.com/AnU3GZSQgD
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) June 24, 2022
Having previously issued statements on the matter at a pro-choice rally, Park City Mayor Nann Worel was quoted in opposition to the anticipated decision roughly a month ago.
“I’m speaking today as a woman, that is deeply offended that a hard-fought ruling that has stood for nearly 50 years is anticipated to be overturned,” Worel told the crowd, emphasizing that she wasn’t speaking for the city or residents.
“I believe it is imperative that I speak up in defense of the rights of our citizens,” councilwoman Becca Gerber told the crowd at the event. She said her mother and mother-in-law both received abortions in the 1970s, and that “they would be “enraged at the idea that their granddaughter born in 2020 might not have the same access to abortions as them.”
With the court’s decision, Utah is one of 13 states with a trigger law (passed in 2020) that will shortly go into effect, banning abortions in most cases.