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Rachel Maddow Reacts to Leaked Roe v. Wade Opinion in Real Time on MSNBC

  • In her first weekly broadcast on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow reacted to news that SCOTUS is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, effectively criminalizing abortion in many parts of the country, in real time. Maddow was emotional as she talked to a series of guests, including Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Politico writer Josh Gerstein, who co-authored the bombshell report with Alexander Ward, about the leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion, which she insisted poses a grave threat to the country.

    "I was born in 1973, which is the year that Roe v. Wade was passed. In my entire sentient life, women have been talking about the day this would come, and that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, and that the United States would become a country in which abortion was treated as a crime," said Maddow. "It was the state that is allowed to decide whether or not women give birth. It is the state that is allowed to force women to bring unwanted pregnancies to term, even if they — for the world's most greatest or lightest reasons — don't want to do it."

    "Putting the government in control of women's lives in this way changes something fundamental about who we are as a country, who we are as a culture, and who we are as men and women," she continued. "We are on the precipice of becoming a very different country, and our daughters and granddaughters are living in a very different world."

    The Rachel Maddow Show airs Monday-Friday at 9:00 PM ET on MSNBC. Maddow hosts every Monday, with rotating hosts set to fill in the rest of the week.

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, abortion, Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court