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Watch Liberals Go Through All 5 Stages of Grief After Roe Overturned

The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade Friday plunged many liberals into emotional turmoil.


Acceptance is the first step on the road to recovery.


Democratic politicians, liberal activists and journalists have struggled to cope with the loss of a federal right to abortion — with the left collectively appearing to go through the five stages of grief in a single weekend.

1. DENIAL: “The hell with the Supreme Court!”

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., spoke for many liberals when she simply refused to accept the ruling from the steps of the court Friday, vowing mass protests; meanwhile, Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., turned inward, “at least for a moment.”

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., led chants outside the court Friday of, “This decision! … Illegitimate!”
  • NBC host Chuck Todd said on air Friday that because of “how Donald Trump appointed the Supreme Court” “a lot of people” believe “this is a rigged court.”
  • On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez dubiously claimed to Todd that there are grounds for impeaching conservative justices.

2. ANGER: “Violence is a legitimate and appropriate response to oppression.”

Carlos Maza, a former Vox video journalist, was among a number of progressive commentators who explicitly urged violence in response to the Supreme Court decision.

3. BARGAINING: “Please don’t cut trans men and nonbinary people out of the conversation today.”

Young adult fiction writer Amber Kadabra helped lead a reckoning on the left over the role of gender as well as overall tactics in the fight for abortion rights.

4. DEPRESSION: “There’s no point in saying good morning.”

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave a doleful eulogy for Roe at a press conference Friday that captured the mood among the mainstream media and the rest of her base.

5. ACCEPTANCE: “The decision is implemented by states. My administration is going to focus on how they administer it, and whether or not they don’t violate other laws — like deciding not to allow people to cross states lines to get public health services.”

President Biden, after a defiant speech Friday, sounded resigned to the Supreme Court’s ruling in a White House address Monday.

  • As Fox Business reported Friday, a number of progressive-leaning companies have similarly pledged to work around, rather than against, the court’s decision by reimbursing employees for travel for an abortion.