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JUST IN: Alexandrians react to Roe v. Wade being overturned by Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade today (Friday) in a landmark decision that will effectively ban abortion in more than a dozen states.

While Virginia is not a state with any “trigger laws” that go into effect as a result of the decision, Alexandria has seen its share of back and forth over abortion. In March, the City Council withdrew a proclamation recognizing abortion providers, a decision some on the City Council said they later regretted. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has also expressed support for banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Alexandria’s Commission for Women recently called on Mayor Justin Wilson and the City Council to affirm support for abortion access.

Wilson said he was dismayed by the decision and reaffirmed the city’s commitment to providing access to abortion services.

“A dismaying decision by an activist court seeking to undo a century of progress,” Wilson said. “We will do everything we can locally to ensure that we protect access to abortion services in Alexandria.”

Wilson noted that promoting access to abortion has been an annual part of the city’s legislative package and has worked on the issue with state and federal representatives. Responses also came in from some of those representatives expressing frustration with the decision.

Annetta Catchings, acting chair of the Alexandria GOP, shared support for the decision.

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Others around Alexandria’s Twittersphere expressed general dismay.

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