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continues streaming on "cbs news bay area." you can find it on the kpix 5 news app. we will be right back here at 7:00. captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, we're here at the supreme court, where history is unfolding. after nearly 50 years, the nation's highest court overturns "roe v. wade," taking away the constitutional right to an abortion. reaction tonight, across america. >> the supreme court is illegitimate! >> o'donnell: protests and celebrations at the supreme court, and in every state, after the groundbreaking decision. tonight, the message from the president of the united states. >> now, with "roe" gone, let's be very clear-- the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk. >> o'donnell: and the reaction from donald trump and republicans... >> the people have won a victory. the voiceless will finally have a voice. >> o'donnell: ...as abortion
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rights become a central issue in the upcoming november midterms. the big picture tonight-- the states where abortion will be banned. we're in wisconsin, where one clinic turned away 70 women with abortion appointments. driving more than 20 hours for an abortion-- we're in a so-called surge state, where they expect a nearly 400% increase in patients. why the head of planned parenthood calls it a healthcare crisis. and finally, what all parties agree on-- that the fight is not over. the part of justice thomas' concurring opinion that has critics worried that access to contraception and same-sex marriage is next. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from the supreme court. >> o'donnell: good evening and thank you for joining us on this friday night, on a day that changed america. we're outside the supreme court after the landmark decision that overturned "roe v. wade" and
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ended a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. as you can see behind me, demonstrators, both for and against the court's decision, were quick to react here in washington and across the country. more than 100 cities have already seen protests, or plan to over the weekend. also reacting, some of the nation's largest companies, announcing they will cover employee travel expenses for abortions if they are not available where they live. some of those companies include nike, uber, alaska airlines, citigroup, "conde naste," disney, jp morgan, microsoft, warner brothers, and cbs' parent company, paramount global. and we also heard from presidents past and present. president obama called the ruling "devastating." michelle obama called it "horrifying." and president donald trump said, "this gives the rights back to the states, as it should have been long ago." we have a team of correspondents across the country tonight, covering every angle of this story.
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we'll start tonight with our chief legal correspondent, cbs' jan crawford. jan, this has been quite a remarkable day. >> reporter: well, norah, mean, "roe v i mean, "roe v. wade" is one of the few decisions most americans know by name. and today, the supreme court said it's history. when the crowd heard the court had overturned "roe v. wade," there were cheers. >> it took every single one of us, people across the political and ideological spectrums, to make this a reality! >> reporter: a reality that, for abortion rights supporters, was hard to believe. >> this is a nightmare! >> i'm 21 and i'm terrified! >> reporter: in the 5-4 vote, the justices overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed a woman's right to abortion, sending the issue back to the states to set their own policies. "roe" was "egregiously wrong from the start, its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences," wrote justice samuel alito, in a decision
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conservatives. "it is time to heed the constitution and return the people's elected representatives." 26 states had asked the court to overturn "roe." 13 already have laws on the books that would ban abortion almost immediately. the others are poised to ban or greatly restrict it. >> today, the supreme court of the united states expressly took away a constitutional right from the american people. >> reporter: president biden blasted the decision. >> it's a sad day for the court, and for the country. >> we won't go back! >> reporter: on capitol hill, democratic lawmakers marched to the court, while republicans said the ruling was overdue. >> hallelujah. i woke up this morning praying for this, and i never thought that it would happen. >> good evening. in a landmark ruling, the supreme court today legalized abortions. >> reporter: it took almost 50 years of annual marches for life, political muscle, and justices with a strong
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conservative legal ideology. chief justice john roberts johnd to uphold the 15- voted to uphold the 15-week mississippi abortion ban, but refused to join the majority decision to overturn "roe," or a subsequent 199 subsequent 1992 opinion. with the court's newest justices-- all nominated by former president trump-- there were five votes without him. republican susan collins and democrat joe manchin, who voted for neil gorsuch and brett kavanaugh, said they were "duped," with collins releasing a statement that "they were both insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents." but also a factor: the 2020 death of ruth bader ginsburg, a champion of reproductive rights, gave trump his third nominee, who provided the key fifth vote. the three remaining liberals joined in a fiery dissent. "whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today's decision is certain: the curtailment of women's rights and of their status as free and equal citizens."
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>> o'donnell: and jan is with me here with more. so, justice clarence thomas wrote a separate opinion as well. it has some wondering, is same-sex marriage, is contraception, next? >> reporter: well, i mean, that's right, because those are grounded in some of the same rights. but the court, in the majority opinion, said "no. how could we be any more clear? this case is different. abortion is different, because it involves a human life. those cases, the right to contraceptives, the right to same-sex marriage, are not beini cast in doubt or threatened by this ruling," the court said. but justice thomas wrote that separate opinion saying he thought they could be on the table. but that's one justice. it takes five. >> o'donnell: but what if the states move on same-sex marriage, or to block contraception? >> reporter: well, then that would be challenged. it would come right back to the supreme court. and you would probably have eight justices then-- thomas might be here-- saying, "get out of here." >> o'donnell: all right, jan crawford, thank you. the real-life and political implications of today's ruling
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cannot be overstated. president biden called it "a sad day for the court and for the country." he promised to keep fighting for reproductive rights, but made it clear, it is up to congress, and the voters. cbs' nancy cordes joins us now from the white house. and nancy, interesting to hear from the president. but, what's he planning to do? >> reporter: well, he's taken a couple of steps already, norah, and we're told there could beah, and we're told there could be more to come. here's what he has done already. first, he has directed the department of justice to protect women from being punished by their home states if they seek an abortion out of state. second, he has directed the department of health and human services to expand access to f.d.a.-approved medications that are used to terminate an early pregnancy. some states are already trying to ban those pills, and there's sure to be legal fights over that, norah. >> o'donnell: but, nancy, the president seemed to make clear, to-- even to his supporters, that he can't do much on this on his own, right? >> reporter: exactly. in fact, he argued today that the only way, at this point, to
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restore a woman's right to choose is for congress to pass a pass a federal law codifying that right. and he said they're only going to have the numbers to do that if voters elect more pro-abortion rights candidates this fall, setting up a key election message that we are already hearing, norah, from democrats up and down the ballot tonight. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes, thank you so much. well, tonight, the national abortion landscape is rapidly changing, with at least 13 states set to ban the procedure through so-called "triggerrigget laws," within 30 days or sooner. and today, we learned, some clinics are already canceling patient appointments. we get more now from cbs' omar villafranca. >> reporter: for the second time in almost 50 years, "roe v. wade," the landmark abortion case originally filed in texas, has sent shock waves across the country. today in dallas, windows were boarded up around the federal building in anticipation of unrest, while texas abortion providers prepared for
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a new reality. > i'm heartbroken as i sit here today thinking about all the people who need access to essential healthcare, to abortion, who will be denied that care because of this opinion. >> reporter: today, arkansas' attorney general was elated. >> it's almost as if we had a crystal ball, and i'm so glad that we had that wisdom and guidance to have this ready. >> reporter: effective immediately, abortion is now illegal in at least seven states, including oklahoma, where medical staff performing abortions could face prison time. and at least eight of the trigger law states do not have exceptions for rape or incest. in louisiana, the last abortion clinic shut their doors today. meanwhile, in wisconsin, an age-old law banning abortions never went away. >> reporter: i'm lana zak outside of the capitol in madison, wisconsin. planned parenthood here had proactively decided that they were going to stop scheduling appointments as of tomorrow. but with today's supreme court decision, it means that all the women with scheduled procedures
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have now been turned away, based off of an 1849 law that the doctors i spoke with called "overly broad" and "antiquated." >> i am scared because of the way our criminal ban in wisconsin is written, that there is no exception to physical health. i am scared that some people will be allowed to get to the point where it does risk their life, and that maybe people will lose their lives because of this ban. >> reporter: back here in texas, the trigger law will now ban nearly all abortions from the moment of fertilization, except when it's needed to save the life of the mother. to give you an idea of what this ruling means-- if a woman here in dallas, texas, wanted to get an abortion? to get to the nearest place, she would have to travel more than 350 miles-- two states away-- to wichita, kansas. norah. >> o'donnell: that puts it in perspective. omar villafranca, thank you. well, we want to go now to the
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front lines of a pending border battle between states on opposite sides of abortion. washington state has recently expanded abortion rights, while neighboring idaho is ready to impose one of the nation's strictest bans in the country. here's cbs' jamie yuccas. >> abortion is healthcare! >> reporter: this is the scene across the west, in states that share a common border, but have opposite views on abortion rights. today's decision is expected to embolden those who already protest the clinic in spokane, washington. >> we stand for the unborn, for the preborn! >> they're here nearly every day. they're constantly trying to intimidate and badger our employees. we've had protesters follow staff home. >> reporter: washington state now has 40 abortion clinics. idaho, just three. in a statement, idaho's governor praised the supreme court for defending preborn babies who deserve protection. >> we are going to fight likehte hell to keep washington a pro-choice state. >> reporter: washington state is
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expecting a nearly 400% increase in abortion patients. already, nearly 60% of those coming for care on the border are from idaho. others have driven more than 20 hours from texas. mother of two, elisabeth keifer kraus, is thankful she did not have to travel to another state. life-threatening conditions caused her to terminate two early pregnancies. >> i did not have the time. i would have died, bleeding out in a car on the side of the road, trying to get somewhere that would help me. and that is the future we are about to face. >> reporter: but nationwide, assaults against abortion providers are up, 128%. >> well, my husband put it this way-- how does it feel to work somewhere where 70% of the population thinks that you're the devil? >> reporter: this clinic was vandalized last july. now, employees are preparing for the worst. do you put them through training? >> absolutely. we have our own local security director; we work with a
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national security team; we have contract security on site. and we absolute do drills. >> it very much feels like there's a doomsday clock ticking somewhere, and we just don't know when it's going to go off. >> reporter: this is a young crowd here to support not only women's rights but also protections, they tell me, for same-sex couples. those i talked to in the crowd say they are concerned about their friends and family across the country, and that this is motivating them to vote in the midterm election. norah. >> o'donnell: really interesting. jamie yuccas, thank you. at this hour, tens of thousands have taken to the streets, both for and against today's ruling, making their voices heard at rallies coast to coast. cbs' elaine quijano joins us from one of the nation's largest protests in new york city. good evening, elaine. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. all day long, the crowds have been steadily building here at washington square park in new york city, as you can see from our camera position inside the park, as well as our aerialm
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camera from overhead. now, across the nation, at least 100 demonstrations are planned in the coming days. this protest here in new york city has been peaceful. but people here say that they are angry and in disbelief over the supreme court's decision, and they are determined to make their views known. they believe the high court is out of step with most americans on this issue of abortion access. in our cbs news polling from just last month, two-thirds of americans said they wanted "roe v. wade" kept in place. in the meantime, these demonstrators say they will continue to make their voices heard. the n.y.p.d. and police departments in other cities across the country are preparing for more demonstrations throughout the weekend. norah. >> o'donnell: wow, many people having their voices heard. all right, elaine quijano, thank you. earlier, we spoke with alexis mcgill johnson. she's the president of planned parenthood, the leading provider of abortions in america. the organization also provides preventive care, like
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birth control, testing, and treatment for s.t.d.s and cancer screening. we begin by asking her which women will be most impacted by today's decision. >> it affects people with low incomes-- black, brown, indigenous, people of color-- folks who already are living at the margins. those are going to be the people who are most harmed. >> o'donnell: how many clinics across america from planned parenthood will be closed? >> what i can tell you right now is happening, is that affiliates, health centers, are fighting to get every single patient in that they can see right now, before the state issues an injunction. what i can tell you is that the devastation that every provider, every frontline staff member, the call center staff, the calls that they are getting in from the patients, the tears, that they are-- that they are hearing is absolutely overwhelming. >> o'donnell: how many women do you think will be denied abortion services and will have to perhaps try and travel to another state?
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>> hundreds of thousands of women will be living in states that will be seeking access to abortion. they won't be able to get the care in the state they need. >> o'donnell: justice alito and the other conservatives wrote today in their majority opinion that this "will not affect contraceptive rights." in the opinion, he said, abortion rights are "inherently different" from rights regarding "contraception and same-sex relationships." is that how you see it? >> no, not at all. we see state after state introducing incredibly extreme and harmful legislation related to criminalizing i.v.f., criminalizing i.u.d.s, criminalizing emergency contraception. >> o'donnell: wait, you're already saying you're already seeing some state legislatures-- >> they're introducing these kind of laws, yes. >> o'donnell: --to make it criminal to travel to another state to get an abortion? >> yes, yes. >> o'donnell: what would be the effect of that? >> we are seeing, you know, people spying on each other, neighbors spying on each other, all for-- to deny people to make decisions about theiry o
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own bodies. and so the increased criminalization that can happen-- and, again, i'm not sure how they will enforce these kinds of laws-- but these are the kind of things that are being contemplated, and we have to be very alarmed about those. >> o'donnell: there has also been international reaction, with countries around the world condemning today's decision. canadian prime minister justin trudeau called it "horrific," while french president emmanuel macron said abortion is a "fundamental right for all women." british prime minister boris johnson called it "a big step backwards." the united nations said it was a huge blow to women's human rights and gender equality. the vatican, however, praised the decision, saying it is a "powerful invitation to reflect, and it challenges the whole world." still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," we'll tell you about an historic vote right here on capitol hill, on the first major gun control legislation in decades.
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>> o'donnell: we end tonight here in the nation's capital, with the supreme court behind me, after covering the january 6 hearings, the new gun reform bill, and now this landmark decision, marking what has been a consequential week in american history. if you ever needed a reminder that your vote matters, today is the day. for decades, conservatives worked to overturn "roe v. wade;" today, they were victorious, in part by electing president trump, who voted to appoint justices who would end abortion rights. today, president biden said congress must act, that voters can have the final word. those voices will be heard in the coming months, before the next elections. a reminder: no matter what side you are on, your vote matters. and that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell at the supreme court. god night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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right now at 7:00 -- >> it's as if america has just rolled back the clock this morning to an unsafe, terrifying age. and this cannot stand. >> a seismic shift on abortion rights in america sends demonstrations spilling into the streets across the bay area. but not everyone is protesting the supreme court's decision. >> i feel today is a victory for people. i think that it should be made harder to make that choice to have an abortion. >> the big question tonight from the state capitol. i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ryan yamamoto. we've been following all day since the court's official decision was released. we have complete team coverage for you tonight from
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california's protection promises to reaction from anti-abortion rights activists. >> we want to begin with andrea nakano in san francisco. she's been talking to protesters there. andrea? >> reporter: liz, it was quite a vibrant rally here earlier today. marchers from the federal building converged with those here at the civic center. for the most part, though, most of the people have gone home at this hour. this rally was organized by several abortion-rights groups, including the planned parenthood of northern california. the diverse crowd of women, men, and children chanted together expressing their outrage of the supreme court's decision to overturn roe v. wade. some say the anger of the decision has been stewing all day and coming here provided support with those that share the same beliefs. >> you know, it's crazy to see that over decades and decades we're still having this issue. interesting before a very important weekend with pride that i have a very big place in
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