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llhe other victims here that can't speak to-- to shirlee or thomas or roger or mary? today. i would news with shepard smith starts now the ramifications immediate and long term of the supreme court's decision to strike down roe v. wade. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> i'm outraged. >> it's 5-4 on the question of overturning roe. 6-3 on upholding the mississippi law. the dissent, it's a sad day for the court and the millions of americans who now lose a constitutional right >> the court has done what it has never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental
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>> the right to life has been vindicated >> we're just moving backwards and we need to be moving forwards instead >> american today have less freedom than their mothers >> we won't go back! >> complete and utter joy that it was finally overturned. the battle is not over >> what we need do do as women, organize, don't agonize, organize >> new bipartisan gun legislation heading to the president's desk, marking one year since the deadly building collapse in surfside, florida. >> and one-on-one with president zelenskyy. >> live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. >> good evening. the united states constitution does not guarantee the right to abortion the supreme court overturned 50 years of precedent today and struck down roe v. wade. it ruled both that case and
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planned parenthood versus casey that reaffirmed roe 30 years ago, were wrongly decided. the news met with both celebration and anger. we'll hear from both sides tonight. and explain in detail what the ruling means for people in individual states, for employers and organizations, and for those in underserved communities the ruling will no doubt test the legitimacy of the high court. protesters are gathering in cities across the land, most of them against the ruling. president biden slamming the decision moments after it came down he called it a tragic error. >> the court has done what it has never done before, expresslexpressl take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many americans that had already been recognized. the court's decision to do so will have real and immediate consequences >> to wit, 26 states are likely to ban abortion following the
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ruling 13 of them have trigger laws in place. those laws in some cases set to take effect almost immediately after this decision. and just minutes after it came out, missouri outlawed nearly all abortions. the exception, medical emergencies threatening the life of the mother. under the state's law, anybody who provides an illegal abortion could face 5 to 15 years in prison the woman getting the abortion would not face prosecution hours after theban took effect the attorney general of arkansas certified a similar law there. in that state, performing or attempting to perform an abortion is now a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency. republicans in congress praised the ruling the house minority leading kevin mccarthy said the gop will continue to fight to save lives. >> the right to life has been
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vindicated the voiceless will finally have a voice. this great nation can now live up to its core principle, that all are created equal, not born equal. created equal. >> public support for abortion rights hit a new high ahead of this decision. according to a recent nbc news poll, 63% of americans surveyed oppose overturning roe v. wade 30% support overturning it protesters immediately gathering outside the supreme court this morning. we have seen those on both sides, some celebrating the ruling, others angry, frustrated, and sad. >> we have known this was going to happen for a while, and it doesn't lessen the impact that it has sorry. it doesn't lessen the effect and the feeling of just total despair. >> i have had people in my family have abortions.
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and they have felt the regret years and years down the line, and they're still dealing and facing with the trauma today and if roe v. wade wouldn't have been legal inside of the united states, i would have family members that i don't have today. >> of course, we did know this decision was highly likely we saw the leaked draft of the majority opinion last month. it stemmed from actually that was one justice's leaked draft at any rate, it stemmed from a case out of mississippi. the justices upheld that state's abortion ban after 15 weeks gestation. a law that had been struck down as unconstitutional by two lower courts beyond that case, five of the six conservative justices went even further, ruling to overturn roe, and justice clarence thomas went further even than that. he wrote in his concurring opinion that the same rationale that the supreme court used to overturn roe should also be used to overturn rights to contraception, same-sex relations, and same-sex
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marriage we have complete coverage. shomari stone on the growing protests, the scotusblog editor amy howe with analysis first, pete williams outside the supreme court tonight. >> pete, there was a difference of opinion on the court between the mississippi law and roe v. wade can you explain that >> sure. the court was 5-4 on whether to overturn roe, but remember why this case came to the supreme court in the first place it was a challenge to the mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and the court granted that case and said they would answer just one question, can a state ban abortion before viability? and mississippi said at the time, you don't need to decide roe v. wade. well, the court did, and chief justice john roberts said the court should not have gone that far. that he agreed the viability standard didn't make any sense, so the court vie a vote of 6-3 upheld the mississippi law, but it's only 5-4 on whether to
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overturn roe, but of course, 5 is enough. >> could you put this in some historical context for us in terms of overturning an earlier decision that declared a constitutional right >> so it's not the first time the supreme court has done that. it did it more than a century ago on the issue of whether there is a constitutional right to enter into contracts. the supreme court granted that and then took it away. but this is the first time the court has ever granted a broadly recognized, widely accepted constitutional right and then taken it away. so in that sense, it is historic >> pete williams at the supreme court. demonstrators are still gathering outside the court tonight. hundreds of people there protesting against the landmark decision to overturn roe v. wade most of the pro-life demonstrators who were certainly there in the beginning have now left president biden has called for protests to remain peaceful. still, the capitol police are taking no chances.
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they erected this eight-foot fence ahead of the landmark ruling to keep people out of the supreme court plaza. the capitol police also boosting security at the capitol ahead of any possibility of unrest. cnbc's shomari stone continues our coverage outside the court emotions certainly running high. >> indeed, shep. emotions are very high a lot of people cried this morning when that ruling came down right now, d.c. police, u.s. capitol police, their federal law enforcement partners are on high alert, just move right over here, shep, you can see these are u.s. capitol police officers keeping a close eye on the crowd. so far, these crowds have been very peaceful. the majority of the people out here are supporters of abortion rights some cried when the supreme court announced the decision overturning roe v. wade. there are also small groups of abortion rights opponents but they're vastly outnumbered u.s. capitol police tell us protesters are allowed to peacefully demonstrate on the outside of the fence as long as
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they follow officers' directions some people told me they flew to d.c. from cities around the nation when the supreme court announced it would release decisions today. >> all i know is that every child deserves life. human rights start at conception and end at natural death, and that is what i'm going to fight for until the day i die. >> it's not just about abortion. it's about attacking our right to privacy, and that includes same-sex marriage, and where just thought about my sister and my mom, who has had abortions in the past, too, and i just fear for the young generation that's not going to have the choices that we're entitled to >> now, police officers in montgomery county, maryland, and fairfax county, virginia, where supreme court justices live, are on high alert as well. there have not been any issues whatsoever, but the justices and their families have 24-hour security shep
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>> shomari stone live in the crowd at the court >> amy howe now, founder, co-founder, i should say lawyer and co-founder of the scotusblog and reporter covering the supreme court. opinion tracks closely with what was leaked last month. were you surprised the court did not rule in a more narrow way? >> i'm not, actually after the oral argument in december, the chief justice, john roberts, was clearly advocating during that oral argument for the position that he ultimately took today the idea that the supreme court could uphold the mississippi law without formally overruling roe and casey. he was the only person at the oral argument who seemed to support that idea. and we saw in the opinion that was ultimately released today that indeed, he did not get any other votes for that option. >> amy, what does this ruling do for potential overturning of
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precedent in the future? >> so this is a case in which the justices said we know that there is this principle called stare decisis, which is the doctrine that courts should not overturn their prior precedent unless there's a good reason to do so. and in this case, the mujoerpt opinion by justice samiauel ali says we find good reason to do so we think roe was wrong when it was decided. it's not easy for courts to implement, and there are -- people have not relied on this decision there's a list of factors that the court said it should consider in deciding whether or not to overturn its prior precedent, and so this potentially paves the way for the justices to overturn other prior precedent. this idea of overturning prior precedent is something that the justices clearly in anticipation of the ruling we saw today have
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been skirmishing about in other opinions involving seemingly unrelated issues things like tax law and whether criminal law, whether or not you need to have a unanimous jury to be convicted of a felony so this is something that i don't think today's decision resolves that we are going to see this idea of overturning other precedent back at the court in the future. >> you know, the way the decision unfolded was unprecedented. what are the power dynamics on the court now, and where does it stand as an institution? >> so to answer the first question, where are the mauer dynamics, clearly, the power dynamics are with the court's conservative justices. this was a case in which the chief justice john roberts did not join the other five conservative justices in voting to formally overrule roe and casey, but we saw yesterday, for example, in the decision involving the second amendment, in a case last week involving
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the religion in public funding for private religious schools, that there is a solid 6-3 majority and that when the five conservative justices want to do something, the tendencies of chief justice john roberts are not necessarily going to be able to decide the day. >> amy howe, as we look at washington square park on the side there in new york city. thanks so much reaction coming in all day from both sides of this issue. >> we'll fight like hell to protect your rights and your safety >> today's decision is a win for the constitution and a win for the sanctity of human life >> action already being taken. the details next of the state laws signed today immediately following the court's decision plus, reaction from the head of one of the country's oldest and largest pro-life
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organizations. what today's decision means for its mission going forward.
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today's historic supreme court decision is a victory for the sanctity of life >> we do give voice to the voiceless. >> every soul is precious and deserves life. >> prayers were answered today but the work just begins now to go and protect life even more. >> republican lawmakers on capitol hill early this afternoon, celebrating the supreme court's decision to overturn roe many americans across the country say they support the ruling and now several states are moving quite quickly to ban or further restrict access to abortions. here's cnbc's perry russom >> i am proud to announce as chief legal officer for the state of arkansas that the
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united states supreme court has in fact overruled roe v. wade. >> arkansas's attorney general leslie rutledge fighting back tears announcing she's certifying the state's abortion law. her signature making abortions illegal in arkansas with the only exception to save the mother's life. >> none of us thought today would come in our lifetimes. >> a historic morning leading to a day of action in parts of the south and midwest. >> today is a momentous day. >> minutes after the supreme court's decision, missouri's attorney general making the state to first in the country to effectively ban abortions. >> today is also a somber day. we remember the more than 60 million innocent lives lost in the wake of roe v. wade. >> the high court's decision putting trirg trigger laws in motion in states including oklahoma >> the most life-saving decision in our nation. >> and louisiana >> if we don't respect the life of the defenseless unborn, how do we expect to respect the life
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of others who are born >> tennessee's abortion law goes into effect in 30 days >> it's amazing that this day is here >> in mississippi -- >> roe v. wade has been a terrible stain on our nation for too long >> the state is banning abortion, with exceptions if the mother's life is at risk or if the pregnancy is caused by rape and reported to the police >> we fight this battle because we believe in our hearts that it's god's will to do so to him, be all the glory >> republicans on capitol hill celebrating. >> we're just so thankful for the brave supreme court justices and president trump for nominating them. >> and speaking of the former president, he is calling this the biggest win for life in a generation and taking credit for the justices who helped make this happen. but "the new york times" is reporting he is telling a much different story privately, telling advisers and friends, this is bad for the republicans when it comes to winning races in november. >> perry russom live tonight in
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chicago. carol tobias now, president of the national right to life committee. carol, thank you your organization, one of the oldest anti-abortion groups in the country, you have been part of its national leadership for 35 years your reaction to today's court decision >> i'm thrilled. i really believe that the court issued the right decision. they corrected a mistake they made in 1973 >> carol, what is your message and the message of your group for, say, the grandmother in an underserved community in the south or the midwest concerned something awful and criminal happens to her granddaughter that without the privilege of money and connections, she might have to terminate her pregnancy in an unsafe way or carry an attacker's baby to term? >> it is a cold, heartless society that would tell a woman that if her financial circumstances are difficult, she should kill her child. we need to find ways to respond to that, to help her the pro-life community has three
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times the pregnancy centers available for that kind of help than there are abortion sites. we have got states coming forward with programs to help her through that kind of circumstance we really believe that the unborn child is a human being that needs to be protected, but we also want to help their mothers through any difficult circumstance >> but just to be a little more specific, should a young girl who has been attacked realize very, very early that she was going to have to carry an attacker's baby to term. your response to her is, you must do that >> several states are going to be making those kinds of allowances in their laws >> of course, but not all of them will, as you know that's the point i was trying to get the response to. in one of those underserved communities in astate where there are no exceptions, what do you say to that grandmother about her granddaughter? >> her granddaughter is going to need love and support and hopefully the community, anybody that knows about it is going to provide the same support
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an abortion, killing her child, is not going to erase the memories it is not going to erase the crime, the terrible deed that happened the perpetrator needs to be charged, and hopefully that mother is able to look at thatu organization advocate for a nationwide ban on all abortions in america >> i certainly support a law that would protect all unborn children, but i think everyone knows to be realistic, it's going to be years and years and years before we get anything like that through congress that's going to take national consensus. just because of the way the congressional structure is set up >> please continue >> i would support that, but it's going to take many years before we get close to something like that. >> carol tobias, president of
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the national right to life committee. thanks for your time tonight the clinic at the heart of today's decision in the state capital of mississippi coming up, we go there live. what workers are promising now, and whether they'll continue their fight for abortion rights. and a public memorial for victims of the surfside building collapse in florida. where the investigation into what happened there stands, exactly one year later, as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on cnbc.
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hands off! hands off! hands off! >> i think our best bet is legislatively, but unfortunately, people are going to die women are going to die between now and when we can get legislation passed which is untenable and i don't know how we have let it get to this point >> our coverage of today's supreme court decision will continue in washington lawmakers already looking at how this will impact the midterm elections. but first tonight, it was one year ago today that the 12-story condo tower collapsed in surfside, florida. 98 people killed when the building crumbled in the middle of the night today, the families of the victims remembered their lost loved ones, lighting candles during a private vigil at the site of the collapse
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for many, it was the first time visiting the location where their family members died. a moment of silence held at 1:22 a.m., the moment that building came down. later in the day, a public vigil, here's a father of one victim holding pictures of the son who died first lady jill biden and florida governor ron desantis both in attendance the governor dedicated part of the road where the building once stood to those victims he's calling it 98 points of light. the memorials come a day after a florida judge approved a $1 billion plus settlement for the surfside victims that cash settlement offers no answers as to what happened. the cause and who if anyone is to blame, according to officials, still very much under investigation. this month, the national institute of standards and technology is drilling into the building's concrete and steel to try to find an answer. other factors that have been investigated include the rising sea level and damage from the
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saltwater. >> time and again after a mass shooting, we have seen gun reform legislation gain momentum and then fail on capitol hill. this time was different. >> the yeas are 234. the nays are 193 >> the motion is adopted, and the congress has passed a major gun safety bill for the first time in nearly three decades and now, the bipartisan package is headed to president biden's desk for his signature 14 house republicans broke ranks to vote with all of the democrats and support the package. this latest and successful push for action on guns came in the wake of the racist rampage at the grocery store in buffalo, new york, and the slaughter of elementary school students and their teachers in uvalde, texas. the texas congressman tony gonzalez represents uvalde he was one of the republicans who voted for the bill despite opposition from house gop leaders. that bill has funding for states
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to enact red flag laws that keep guns out of the hand of potentially dangerous people in theory it also expands background checks for people under 21, and closes the so-called boyfriend loophole to restrict domestic abusers from having guns >> a key strategic city in eastern ukraine has now fallen to the russians. sievierodonetsk was one of the last major cities standing in the way of vladimir putin seizing full control of the eastern donbas region. ukraine has ordered its troops to withdraw from that city after weeks of intense and bloody street fighting. a top ukrainian commander says there was no point, as he put it, in staying there and suffering heavy casualties much like the destroyed city of mariupol, russia relentlessly bombed and shelled sievierodonetsk. a once thriving industrial town now in ruins richard engel sat down with the ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy just moments after the
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announcement of that withdrawal. zelenskyy personally thanked president biden and the united states for all the weapons he's received but said he needs a lot more zelenskyy also told engle that ukraine's intelligence service is actively working to free two american fighters captured by pro-russian forces >> two americans answered your call as many did, to come here and fight for ukraine's democracy. they were captured the kremlin won't rule out that they could face the death penalty. is there something you would like to say directly to the families of those two americans. >> with pleasure, yes. what can i say they're heroes for me, they are the same like ukrainians, but i'm sure that we'll fight for them, and we'll get them back. and of course, they will come back to your families, to their children >> today marks four months since vladimir putin launched the invasion president zelenskyy told richard
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engel he's worried the west will lose interest in the war and that ukraine will become increasingly isolated over time. >> the discussion between richard engel and president zelenskyy is part of the aspen ideas festival the full interview will stream tuesday on and nbcuniversal news group is the media partner for the aspen ideas festival, beginning monday on cnbc, live interviews with actress jessica alba and the ceo of ibm, wells fargo, and bumble. again, coverage from the aspen ideas festival starts monday on cnbc i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news could the landmark court's decision outlawing abortion or at least giving that decision to the states galvanize democrats and drive more of them to the polls in november when control
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of congress is at stake? president biden apparently thinks so. >> this fall, roe is on the ballot personal freedoms are on the ballot the right to privacy, liberty, equality are all on the ballot and with your vote, you can act. you can have the final word. this is not over >> for months now, we have heard pollsters and political analysts predicting a shellacking for democrats in the midterms. but is the overturn of roe v. wade a game changer? cnbc's senior washington correspondent eamon javers on the top story at the bottom of the hour from d.c. >> even before this ruling today, abortion was becoming a key issue out on the campaign trail, and it's clear that the supreme court just isn't in sync with the majority of americans on the issue in an nbc news poll in may, a majority of americans, 63%, did not believe roe v. wade should be overturned while just 30%
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believed it should be overturned a combined 60% of americans said abortion should either always be legal or legal most of the time. that's the higher share believing it should be legal since they started asking the question way back in 2003. 84% of democrats and 63% of independents want abortion to be legal, as do 33% of republicans. now, all this means there's a potential political opportunity for biden and the democrats to turn around support among a key group that's really been eroding for them the latest npr/pbs newshour poll found support for president biden has plummeted 16 points among gen z and millennials just in the past year, to sit now at just 37% but young voters are overwhelmingly in favor of abortion rights, with 71% of 18 to 29-year-olds considering themselves to be pro-choice. that's according to gallup, so maybe an opportunity there to galvanize that group
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on capitol hill today, both parties pointed to political battles ahead as a chance to lock in their side's views on abortion >> while republicans seek to punish and control women, democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine roe v. wade into law of the land. this cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching, but make no mistake. it's all on the ballot in november >> on the other side, republican cathy mcmorris rodgers focused on portraying democrats as out of touch >> speaker pelosi and the democrats are forcing an extreme agenda on america. through their abortion on demand until birth act. it would nationalize abortion all across this nation, making america just as radical as china and north korea. >> shep, just on the pure politics of this issue, democrats are counting on a
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boost in energy from their voters going into november, but they already faced a tough electoral landscape and an array of issues that weren't going their way, including higher inflation, rising crime, and president biden's declining poll numbers. it's really anybody's guess whether the new energy on the left if it even materialized, would be enough to offset the trends that are benefitting republicans. back over to you >> thanks very much. >> amy stoddard now, do you participate or anticipate, i should say, this ruling will have an impact on the outcome of the midterms >> i do, if even on the margins this does make a difference. eamon points out this is likely to energize mostly younger voters who are not going to turn out, traditionally, they don't turn out in midterms and the base of the party is very disappointed in biden's record because they believe that the democrats failed to deliver with their majorities in both the house and senate
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slim and bare though they are on voting rights and the social welfare spending build back better program and so we have been hearing from people like senator bernie sanders and senator elizabeth warren that the base of the party is so dispirited, they were certainly not going to turn out in the midterms and they had to take a pass affsome legislation to do whatever they could to put points on the board. the inflation voter, the immigration voter, is still likely to be energized to turn out at the polls, but this awakens a new set of voters when are likely to be very angry and turn out because of this issue alone. >> on the other side, a.b., politically, the republicans have used overturning roe v. wade as a cry for decades. are there single issue voters who may be less motivated to get to the polls after this? >> right, that's a very good point. on the republican side, we have seen for decades this issue makes single issue activists of many republican voters the democrats don't have these type of voter on their side.
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there are voters on the republican side who vote solely on gun rights and the pro-life issue. having this landmark decision in the court is obviously likely to deenergize a complacent republican voter who has been waiting for this all along at the same time, you know, republicans will be energized. democrats have to be honest about that they just have to bring more voters from their coalition out. young voters turned out in remarkable numbers actually in 2018 they were very energized to oppose trump and they can be turned out probably in greater numbers on this issue it's just going to take some work and as i said, it's going to mean they don't overcome a republican wave, but they can likely mitigate their losses, and we'll see the effects of other x-factors like guns and like the january 6th hearings in the months to come before november >> you know, for democrats, much of the message has been go vote ing the fall, but with the
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supreme court under conservative control, how much of an impact could the midterms really have when it comes to their political goals? >> well, democrats should make very clear that mitch mcconnell said if he becomes majority leader, he is not going to help seat a democratic appointed nominee for the court in 2024, an election year, when asked about next year, which is not an election year, he demured, shep. i think the democrats have to make it clear that they are at risk of not getting a replacement should there be a vacancy next year. they also need to make it clear to their voters that state legislatures really matter here. where all of these trigger laws will be coming into place and new things will be on the ballot, the makeup of the legislatures is key to the future of fighting back for some kind of codification of roe. so if democratic voters are motivated, that does make a difference in november >> you mentioned mitch mcconnell. it was mitch mcconnell who made it his goal and was successful in not allowing president obama
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to appoint a supreme court justice. this was a 5-4 ruling. you know, chances are had there been an obama appointee, it would have been 5-4 in the other direction. >> it's amazing what mitch mcconnell has done he was singularly determined about this working with the federalist society and other activists who had planned for decades. but his actual success in making sure that thescalia seat was not filled until it could be filled with neil gorsuch instead of merrick garland, stand-off with the obama administration back in 2016, then you see him seat amy coney barrett after ruth bader ginsburg died in just 21 days, a rush to the election, and he helped brett kavanaugh survive a very controversial confirmation battle that involved an fbi investigation. many people thought was not legitimate mitch mcconnell is responsible for the success of having a
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superconservative majority on the supreme court. >> he will certainly get more than a page in the history books. a.b. stoddard, nice to see you as always. thank you. sd sd today, the mississippi clinic at the center of the ruling prepares to close its doors. the jackson women's health clinic or the pink house as it's known locally is shutting down the director, thomas dobbs versus jackson women's health was the case that led to the overturning of roe v. wade and casey v. planned parenthood. today, the owner said this is not the end. >> we're not laying down we're not giving up. women have always had abortions. no matter what it took, even if it was their life. >> after the mississippi attorney general lynn fitch signs the legislation certifying so-called trigger laws in the state, the clinic has ten days to pack it up. the clinic operators said right now they're working to open the pink house west, as they're calling it a new clinic and plans for
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southern new mexico. >> some of the biggest companies in all the world reacting to today's decision in supporting their employees and about their access to abortions. next, cnbc's bertha coombs plains the decision companies are making and why taking action might be easier said than done
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on wall street, another big comeback the dow up 823 on the session. it's the first positive week for the index this month the s&p up 116, the nasdaq, look at that, up 375. 3% plus. the market rally isn't tied to the supreme court overturning roe at all the analysts tell us investors were reacting to other news including interest rates stabilizing, early signs that maybe inflation is slowing, and fear of a bigger economic slowdown easing. but while investors might not be focusing on today's landmark abortion ruling, corporate america seems to be. birthertha coombs tracking thatr us what action are they taking? >> well, shep, they have been preparing for this for weeks since that leak of the scotus draft. and more today coming out publicly committing to provide access for their workers to abortion care.
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today, we heard from facebook parent meta joining tech giants apple, microsoft, amazon, google parents and salesforce, pledging to provide travel benefits and coverage for employees to access care jpmorgan joining citi pledging the same, as did cvs help. levi's, yeyelp, and bumble going further, joining us in don't ban equality, taking a public stance against abortion bans. these who work with these companies say with the decision out now, comes the hard part >> these companies are now right in the midst of figuring out how they offer a benefit plan nationally and yet administer that on a state-by-state basis i think they're all trying to figure it out, and even the ones who were prepared are still scrambling a bit to say how do
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they offer benefits to their people, how do they protect the rights of their employees? many of whom are women, and how do they do that in the context of a politicized environment that we all exist in today >> doctors and hospitals are certainly at the center of the access battle, but so are pharmacies with more than half of abortions now performed with medication ahead of the decision today, walgreens ceo told me it was going to be complicated for the business and for walgreens as a large employer >> i do think it's going to be complicated. i do think we're going to have to address it as a company in our benefits packages will need to adjust. we are, you know, everyone in this space is looking at do we provide travel benefits if that's a requirement, and again, it's back listening to your customer and your employees. and i'm committed to listening to my employees and abiding by state legislation.
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so i'll find something in the middle there >> a lot of employers trying to thread that needle walgreens today did not put out an official statement as to what it's going to do with its benefits it's going to take several days, a lot of firms trying to figure this out >> birthy coombs live for us in aspen. >> will today's decision be just the beginning of more big changes to come? next, the details of what justice clarence thomas wrote about the other rulings that he says should get another look plus, crowds across the country continue to grow as people gather. rkitcongp. on the streets n
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the supreme court's landmark ruling met with swift reaction across the country, and now, many are trying to figure out what this ruling means for the future as we reported at the top of this newscast, for justice clarence thomas the path is clear. in his concurring opinion today,
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he wrote that the next step is for the court to reconsider other previous rulings same-sex relations, same-sex marriage, and everyone's access to contraception in his opinion, the justice wrote, we have a duty to correct the error established in those precedents opponents of today's ruling say this is just one step in an ongoing attack on women's rights across america meanwhile, those abortion opponents are obviously thrilled with the court ruling. amid division, tensions are high now, both sides waiting to see what will follow scott cohn live in san francisco for us what are people saying there >> well, shep, there is a protest planned here at san francisco city hall. people are just starting to gather it's not because any of these rights are in immediate danger here in california but this is pride weekend in san francisco. it's all about hard won freedoms, and people here just got a cold lesson in the fact
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that nothing is certain. on the eve of one of the country's largest pride events, it's no longer just a celebration. things just got urgent >> everything is up now, immigration rights, access to free speech, equal marriage. >> the right to same-sex maerj marriage, so recently won, is now in the cross hairs, at least according to justice clarence thomas, who also wants the court to reconsider contraception and other rights not spelled out in the constitution >> same-sex marriage and then ultimately the fundamental right of privacy which these rights are based upon contraception, who would imagine we would be in a world where contraception would be taken away >> thomas was the only justice willing to go that far, but some legal experts say that's not the point. >> it's basically an invitation to states in particular to start legislating on issues they might have otherwise thought they didn't have the power to legislate on, so let's go after contraception. let's see if we can get the court to change its mind on
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marriage equality. let's see what other things we might be able to get this particular court to do >> on abortion, at least three governors are leaving no doubts about where they stand the governors of california, washington, and oregon promising a united western front, protecting reproductive rights >> we will not stand on the sidelines. >> the west coast united states is going to stand strong >> we'll fight like hell to protect your rights. and your safety. >> it's a fair bet that those governors would take a similar stance if the logic in today's decision was extended to all those other so-called unenumerated rights in the constitution but there are plenty of governors on the other side lining up to do just the opposite, leading to the very real possibility of a patchwork of state laws and people's most important things in their lives, issues that are most personal to them, decided based on where they live. shep >> scott cohn live in san francisco. thanks
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>> as the protests continue across the country, cnbc's valerie castro live in lower manhattan in greenwich village what's the mood there? >> shep, just a few hours ago, there were only a few hundred people here in washington square park, but once the workday ended, thousands of people converged here at the park they're mostly gathered in the center of the park where they have been listening to speakers from various abortion rights groups and more people continue to stream into the park to protest today's supreme court decision here in new york state, abortion has been legal since 1970. that's three years before roe v. wade was enacted today's supreme court ruling will not impact that access here in the state it is protected under new york state law. and governor kathy hochul has asserted that it will remain the case still, new yorkers -- >> really, really sad. traumatizing to think these young women who are going to grow up without a choice
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and that are going to have to live with things their abusers have done to them. >> i'm upset i think it's a bad thing i have daughters, and i have my sister, my cousins affected, and i feel for them. >> you know, i understand, not everyone is going to agree, but that's the beauty of america that's the beauty of life. not everyone is going to agree you have to be okay with that. not forcing to do things they don't want to do >> a sampling of some of the folks in washington square park, which is sort of the center of nyu, new york university, and certainly very liberal area of lower manhattan. the marchers working their way toward that park tonight crowds are large, nypd expected to be out and about. before we even knew this decision, people were outside the supreme court, as they have been each day that court opinions were released that crowd, like crowds across the country, grew throughout the day. we'll go back there live next.
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and in their own words, we'll hear from the people affected by this ruling.
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as we have shown, thousands of demonstrators gathering in cities all across the country. most of them now here in the evening hours, celebrators were earlier. these are the protesters these are aerial images from boston, philly, and in lancing, michigan demonstrations going on outside the supreme court tonight, of course about two miles away, a man climbed one of the arches of the frederick douglass bridge today. that's where he hung a long green banner and he posted this video on tiktok. said it was the color of abortion rights movement cnbc's shomari stone back with us outside the court shomari. >> shep, the crowd has grown over the last hour when we first did our first live hit for you as you can see, it is growing here and it extends for approximately
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two blocks you have peaceful demonstrations you have debates from both sides of the aisle on this issue and people are continuing to gather out here. many of them say that they are upset over this overturning of roe v. wade. others say that they were cheering earlier today because they support the supreme court's decision shep >> shomari stone live for us thanks this historic day marked by a ruling from the highest court in the land. the decision to overturn roe v. wade reverse decades of precedent. before we go tonight, people from all walks of life and both sides of the issue share their thoughts on this monumental day in american life >> the supreme court has now overturned roe v. wade >> this is insane. >> it feels like a betrayal. it feel like my country doesn't love me. and appreciate mire body as a woman.
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>> personally, i have had people in my family have abortions, and they have felt the regret years and years down the line, and they're still dealing and facing the trauma today >> it's complete and utter joy that it was finally overturned >> a remoinder now in the state of missouri, this is a class b felony to provide somebody with an abortion. >> millions of women in america will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care that they had this morning >> i was crying tears of joy when i found out i have been working and praying for the past five years for this day. and we still have a ton of work to do to get all the states to ban abortion, but this is a huge step >> how do they have the right to tell me or any woman what she can do with her body >> this is the first time the supreme court has ever granted a
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constitutional right which did so when roe was decided in 1973, and then took it away. >> well, this morning, a lot of emotions have been going through my mind. anger, deep sadness, and a desire to turn this around >> i think 2022, the elections this year, are much more important than they were in 2020, actually i think this is really for the soul of america. the future of america. what america stood for and dwliki think we're seeing sf is backwards today >> some of the thoughts of some of the people affected by today's ruling in the supreme court. none of justice clarence thomas' thoughts today are about cases in the works at all, but it did give us an indication of what he thought should happen next the most senior jurist on the panel. americans, of course, have their own say, we all do, every time voting comes around. the president of the united states urged us all today to make our views known, but do so
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peacefully, which we hope will be the case throughout the night in big cities and small towns all across the country should things change or should there be news of note, we'll have it for you on the properties of nbcuniversal and at for now, you know the news of this friday, june 24th, 2022 i'm shepard smith. we're kicking off pride weekend as scott cohn mentioned in san francisco, and right here in new york city. as we say in this inclusive company, pride is universal. happy pride to everyone in our lgbtq community. and to all of our allies, all across america for all of us at cnbc, i'm shepard smith. hope your weekend is f
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