CLEVELAND — The organization known as Cleveland Right to Life held a press conference and 'celebratory reception' on Friday as the anti-abortion group rejoiced the decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The decision by the Supreme Court today is long overdue and removes a 50 year fabricated “right” that ignored the personhood of the unborn child,” noted Cleveland Right to Life President Molly Smith. “While this decision does not end abortion in our nation, it makes it more likely that unborn children will be treated as human beings and be afforded the same rights as their mothers and fathers.”
The Supreme Court's decision came down Friday morning.
“While we applaud this decision, our work is far from over,” the organization continued. “Cleveland Right to Life will continue its fight to protect our most vulnerable citizens from pre-birth to natural death. To that end, we urge Ohio lawmakers to enact the most stringent laws possible to protect human life in the womb and provide hope and assistance for their mothers.”
The press event was held outside the Carl B. Stokes Courthouse in downtown Cleveland. The "celebratory reception" took place inside the Parish Center.
"For the city of Cleveland and for our community here, I think this is a great day," said Ohio Sen. Jerry Cirino (R-District 18) "And again, we're going to be taking steps in the state of Ohio to make sure that the rights of these unborn children are not abridged in any way, shape or form."
Members of Cleveland Right to Life also celebrated at a reception in Lakewood Friday evening.
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Editor's note: Video in the player above features Tim Ryan's reaction to the Supreme Court's decision.