Reaction

June 30, 1992

Alan Keyes, Maryland Republican Senate candidate: "If there were any people in the pro-life movement who thought the battle was over, that the Supreme Court was going to be on our side, they have to think again. This court is still clearly in the process of coming to real justice on this issue. The majority in this case failed in the courage that's required to really grasp the nettle."

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-MD.: "America now is a battleground on this topic and Maryland will be the focal point. We must keep government out of the examining room and out of the bedroom."

Frederica Mathewes-Green, communications director, The Vote Know Coalition of Maryland: "This is a positive thing. There's almost a new philosophy behind it: parental notice, informed consent, what best will lead to a life-affirming outcome and help the woman make human connections with her husband, her parents, her child."

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J.: "It's a further chipping away at the basic right of privacy for women to determine whether or not they choose to have an abortion.

Del. Martha S. Klima, R-Balt. County: "I think if you talk to the public out there, most individuals probably would not have a lot of problems with what was passed in Pennsylvania," she said.

Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, D-Balt.: "It only reinforces how fragile the constitutional protections are that the Reagan-Bush Supreme Court will provide a woman for this private and personal decision. It continues the trend of giving the government greater authority to intrude on the rights of women."

Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group: "Today three Reagan-Bush appointees have stabbed the Pro-Life movement in the back and affirmed the bloodshed."

Norma McCorvey, the woman known as Jane Roe in the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling: "The Supreme Court has given back-alley abortionists the opportunity to once again go back to work in the alleys with their unsterilized instruments."

Roger Stenson, executive director, Maryland Right to Life, Inc.: "This is a major step for unborn babies today. It's tremendously encouraging to have four justices who wanted to overturn Roe. I can't wait until next year."

Karyn Strickler, executive director, Maryland Affiliate of the National Abortion Rights Action League: "It is just as treacherous as we expected. They gutted Roe vs. Wade without overturning it outright. When people realize what they've lost today, they'll mobilize and fight."

Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey: "The decision moves the country sharply away from abortion on demand. The decision, while not overturning Roe vs. Wade, clearly returns to the people the power to regulate abortion in reasonable ways so as to protect maternal health and reduce the number of abortions in our country."

Deborah Leavy, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania: "The court obviously went through contortions to avoid overturning Roe vs. Wade but the reality is that the Supreme Court has shed Roe vs. Wade like a snake sheds its old skin."

Archbishop William H. Keeler, Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore: The Supreme Court's decision today opens the way for states to urge women considering an abortion to pause and reflect on the unique and precious beauty of the human life beneath their hearts. On this occasion I extend again . . . an invitation to each woman considering abortion to avail herself of the resources we have to assist her and her child."

Colleen Bowers, Presbyterian Representative, Maryland Coalition for Abortion Rights: "I think it will help our side. It will wake up Marylanders to the issue."

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