‘An abomination’: How activists reacted to report on US Supreme Court’s draft decision on Roe v Wade | Roe vs. Wade
A leaked first draft majority opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is set to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Politico reported.
The unprecedented leak stunned Washington. It has the potential to reshape the political landscape ahead of the US midterm elections in November. Here are some reactions to the report.
Alexis McGill-Johnson, Chairman of Planned Parenthood
“This leaked opinion is horrifying and unprecedented, and it confirms our worst fears…While we have seen the writing on the wall for decades, it is no less devastating, and comes just as the Anti-abortion rights groups unveil their ultimate plan to ban abortion nationwide… [W]We will continue to fight like mad to protect the right to access safe and legal abortion.
National Center for Women’s Rights
“The language of the draft notice released by the Supreme Court is outrageous, irresponsible and shocking. Any justice that signs this opinion fuels the evil and violence that will befall people who become pregnant in this country.
American Civil Liberties Union
“If the Supreme Court does issue a majority opinion along the lines of the leaked draft authored by Justice Alito, the shift in the tectonic plates of abortion rights will be as significant as any opinion the court has ever issued. “
Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State
“This decision is a direct attack on the dignity, rights and lives of women, not to mention decades of well-established rights. It will kill and subjugate women even though a large majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal. What a total shame.
Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Senator
“An extremist Supreme Court is about to overturn #RoeVWade and impose his unpopular far-right views on the entire country. It’s time for the millions of people who support the constitution and abortion rights stand up and make their voices heard. We will not go back there, ever.
Chuck Schumer, Senate majority chef, and Nancy Pelosi, House speaker
“If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the biggest restriction on rights in 50 years — not just on women but on all Americans. Reported votes by Republican-appointed justices to overturn Roe v Wade would be considered an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat representing
“As we warned, Scot [supreme court of the United States] aren’t just coming for abortion — they’re coming for the privacy rights that Roe relies on, which includes same-sex marriage and civil rights. [Joe] Manchin prevents Congress from codifying Roe. House apparently forgot about Clarence Thomas. These two points must change.
Amy Klobuchar, Democratic Senator
“If nothing can be done in Washington because of Republican stonewalling, then the American people and women are going to have to vote and people who believe in choice are going to have to vote like they’ve never voted before, because that’s is the only way we can change that.”
Kathy HochulDemocratic Governor of New York
“This is an absolutely shameful attack on our basic right to choose, and we will fight it with everything we have. Let me be clear and clear: New York will always guarantee your right to an abortion. You have our word.
Bernie Sanders, Independent US Senator
“Congress needs to pass legislation that codifies Roe v Wade as the law of the land in this country now. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there aren’t, we have to end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.
Ken PaxtonTexas Republican lawyer general
“I hope that Scot will put the issue of abortion in its place: in the States. That’s why I led a coalition of 24 states in favor of MS’s law banning them after 15 weeks. I’m going [continue] to make sure TX protects the unborn child and to pray for an end to abortion in our country.
Tom Cotton, Republican Senator
“The Supreme Court and the DoJ must get to the bottom of this leak immediately using all necessary investigative tools. enable states to once again protect unborn life.
Josh Hawkley, republican senator
“The left continues its assault on the Supreme Court with an unprecedented breach of confidentiality, clearly intended to intimidate. Judges must not give in to this attempt to corrupt the process. Stay strong. I will say that if that’s the opinion of the court, it’s a hell of an opinion. Voluminous research, tight arguments and moral power.
Rick Scott, Republican Senator
“The Supreme Court’s confidential deliberative process is sacred and protects it from political interference. This breach shows that radical Democrats are working even harder to intimidate and undermine the court. It was always their plan. Judges cannot be swayed by this attack.