The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion and upending nearly 50 years of precedent. Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski issued a statement following the decision:

“Today is a dark, devastating day in our nation’s history. We are outraged. We are angry. But we will continue to fight. It is time to be loud and support people who might need an abortion someday, as well as the medical professionals who provide abortion care. 

“Abortion has always existed and will continue to exist. It is pivotal health care that cannot be denied, and should be available when we need it, on the timeline we choose, and in the community we trust. But MAGA Republicans want to destroy our freedoms, control our lives, block policies a majority of us favor, and overturn our will by court order. 

“Abortion is still legal in Washington state, but that is not guaranteed. If we lose a single seat — whether it’s in Olympia or D.C. — MAGA Republicans will have the inch they need to completely strip away our freedom to decide whether and when we grow our families by trying to ban safe, legal abortion everywhere. And make no mistake, today’s decision goes beyond abortion. All of our freedoms are in jeopardy.

“Now is the time for us to show up and fight for our communities. Abortion justice can’t wait. The only way to ensure we have freedom to get the care we need and make the decisions that are right for our families is at the ballot box. There is only one party protecting abortion care — the Democrats. We must reelect leaders like Sen. Patty Murray and Dr. Kim Schrier to ensure abortion care is accessible, funded, and recognized in Washington state and beyond. 

“Someone you love will need an abortion some day, and we will fight like hell to guarantee when that day comes, they can get the care they need and have the freedom to decide.”