This story was originally published in Vogue.
When news broke on Monday night that the Supreme Court was likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 legal decision that has long protected the right to abortion in the U.S., it was difficult to know what to do or how to feel. We’ve already seen near-total abortion bans in Texas and Oklahoma over the last few months—despite the fact that most Americans actually support abortion rights—but reading a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s decision was gutting.
I, for one, have found myself frustrated with the responses of politicians, whose entreaty to those concerned about losing abortion rights has been to “just vote.” Not only is that not so easy—around the country, voting rights are in peril—but it is hardly a foregone conclusion that voting for Democrats will safeguard the right to choose, especially when we have a Democrat in the highest office in the land right now, as all of this is playing out.
What I really want to see is my rage and sorrow reflected and magnified by the people I’ve elected to represent me in office, and that’s exactly what I got on Tuesday, when Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a crowd of pro-choice protestors outside of the Supreme Court.
“I am angry. Angry and upset and determined. The United States can make Roe v. Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,” declared Warren. When a reporter remarked that they had never seen the senator so upset, she responded: “The Republicans have been working toward this day for decades. They have been out there plotting [and] carefully cultivating these Supreme Court justices so they could have a majority on the bench who would accomplish something that the majority of Americans do not want. 69% of people across this country—across this country! Red states and blue states, old people and young people—want Roe v. Wade to maintain as the law of the land. We need to do that, and we have a right.
“We’ve heard enough from the extremists, and we’re tired,” Warren continued, as anti-choice protestors attempted to drown out her words in a sadly apt metaphor for the state of abortion discourse as a whole. I thought I was past the point of identifying with (or, to be honest, caring much about) what politicians had to say, but as it turns out, on this grim and frightening Tuesday, what I needed was to hear from an elected official willing to sacrifice her composure in order to underscore just how much is currently on the line for pregnant people in America.