Sandy Smith, GK Butterfield react to abortion ruling

While Wilson’s congressman decried a Supreme Court decision rejecting a constitutional right to abortion, the Republican candidate seeking to take his place applauded the Friday ruling.

Sandy Smith of Rocky Mount, who bested seven GOP rivals in May’s primary to become her party’s nominee in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, expressed her support for the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in a series of tweets Friday and Saturday. 

“We will never be able to atone for the stain of abortion on this nation, but overturning Roe was a step in the right direction,” Smith wrote on her Twitter account, @SandySmithNC. “Saving the lives of the unborn definitely contrasts me with Don Davis, who wants abortion on demand.” 

Five conservative justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that identified abortion as a substantive due process right under the 14th Amendment, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 decision holding that states cannot impose an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions. 

The majority opinion in Dobbs upholds a Mississippi law limiting abortions to 15 weeks of pregnancy. Chief Justice John Roberts concurred in part and dissented in part, writing that he’d allow Mississippi’s law to take effect but would not overturn Roe and Casey. The high court’s three liberal justices dissented.

Smith, who has long campaigned as a pro-life candidate, included the hashtags #AbortionisMurder, #RoeOverturned, #ProLife and #BabiesLivesMatter in tweets about the Dobbs case Friday and Saturday. 

Davis, a Greene County state senator who won the Democratic nomination for the 1st District seat, has pledged to sponsor and vote for legislation to codify Roe v. Wade if elected. Davis hadn’t issued a public statement on the ruling as of late Saturday.

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