Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders angrily condemned a leaked US Supreme Court draft ruling that allegedly overturned Eggs against Wade, and by doing so, a woman’s guaranteed access to abortion is ended.
As reported, the court, which now has a Conservative majority of 6-3, had discussed a draft ruling in connection with a Mississippi case and a 5-4 ruling to overturn eggReproductive rights advocates condemned the decision and said the issue had not yet been resolved.
“Mind you: this is a draft opinion. It’s outrageous, it’s unprecedented, but it’s not definitive, “tweeted Planned Parenthood, one of the country’s largest providers of women’s health care, including abortion.
He added: “Abortion is your right – and it is STILL LEGAL.”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat representing New York City, wrote, “As we warned, SCOTUS doesn’t just come to have an abortion, but it comes for Roe’s right to privacy, which includes gay marriage + civil rights. . “
He added: “Manchin is blocking the coding of the eggs by Congress. House has apparently forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These 2 points must change ”.
Sanders, another progressive, tweeted: “Congress must pass legislation that codifies Eggs against Wade like the law of the land in this country NOW. And if in the Senate there are not 60 votes to do so, and there aren’t, we must put an end to the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes ».
Polls show that the majority of Americans have been supporting women’s right to abortion for at least a decade. The data also shows that the number of abortions across the country has been decreasing for several years.
At the same time, abortion opponents have made steady and strategic progress at the state level, passing increasingly restrictive bills in places like Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, often with advocates of bills that they hope the case will be brought to Supreme Court court.
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Indeed, it was one such case in Missippissi, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationon legislation that would ban abortion after 15 weeks, which the judges were considering.
The draft opinion, obtained by Politico, and which represents an incredibly rare leak from the highest court in the nation, appeared to have been written by Judge Samuel Alito and was dated February 10.
It indicated that he, along with Judges Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, had voted to overthrow Roe and Casey after hearing oral arguments in the Mississippi case.
“We believe Roe and Casey should be canceled,” he wrote. “It is time to listen to the Constitution and to return the question of abortion to the elect of the people”.
Experts have said that if Roe is rejected by the Supreme Court, he could eliminate access to abortion in more than half of the United States and force many pregnant women to carry their pregnancies to term unless they can travel to a handful of states. with abortion protections in place.
The reaction was swift and ranged from anger to dismay.
Hillary Clinton tweeted: “Not surprising. But still outrageous. This decision is a direct attack on the dignity, rights and lives of women, not to mention decades of established laws. It will kill and subjugate women even though the vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an absolute disgrace ».
Comedian Kathy Griffin posted a picture of Mrs. Clinton, one of the attendees at the New York City Met Gala, which was taking place when the news broke.
“Eggs against Wade was overturned. Yes, I know. Stay in my lane. Well, I’d like to post about the Met Gala, but that’s the only attendee I care about, “she wrote.” President Hillary Clinton would never have allowed Roe to be overthrown. “
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who ran for president in 2020, said, It is a fundamental right for a woman to make her own health decisions. We must protect the right to choose and code Roe v Wade into law ”.
Ilhan Omar, a progressive lawmaker from Minnesota, tweeted: “Toppling Roe would put the lives of women across the country at risk. It would fly in the face of decades of precedent and the overwhelming majority of public opinion. And they won’t stop there ”.