The Roe v. Wade decision established that the United States Constitution currently protects elective abortion.
Democrats and groups that support abortion rights are criticizing newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., for his strong pro-life position and peculiar views on the contentious topic and how it relates to other issues.
Hakeem Jeffries, the minority leader in the house, asserts that Mike Johnson seeks to outlaw abortion services nationally. Jeffries made this claim at a Center for American Progress event before the House floor vote that finally led to Johnson’s victory.
After a vote on Wednesday afternoon, Johnson, 51, emerged victorious over Jeffries as the Republican conference nominee, with a vote count of 220 to 209.
Johnson co-sponsored pro-life legislation and received an A+ from Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.
Before Johnson was elected to Congress in 2016, he was an attorney and spokeswoman for the Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that introduced anti-abortion laws and the Mississippi Dobbs case.
The Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee posted a video on X of Johnson issuing anti-abortion views that the left considers “radical.”
Democratic members of the House’s Pro-Choice Caucus have also expressed dissatisfaction with Johnson’s position on the issue, according to a news release.
According to a statement from the co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) and Barbara Lee (D-California), Mike Johnson may hold the title of Speaker, but considering his radical past—which includes calling for a total ban on abortion nationwide—he does not speak for us or the pro-choice majority in the United States.
The presidential campaign of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris expressed their dismay with Johnson on Wednesday.
Ammar Moussa, a spokeswoman for Biden-Harris 2024, claims that Trump now has a devoted foot soldier who will seek to restrict abortion nationally, prevent free and fair elections, destroy Social Security and Medicare, and forward the radical MAGA agenda at the expense of middle-class Americans.