President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that his administration would continue to fight in the defense of Roe v. Wade, after a draft Supreme Court ruling was leaked.
Biden said in a statement, “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, that Roe has been the law of the land for nearly fifty years, and the basic fairness and consistency of our law demands that it not be reversed.” be given.”
Biden said he did not know whether the draft was authentic or whether it reflected a final decision.
He said he ordered his Gender Policy Council and the White House Council office to prepare alternatives to respond to the continued assault on abortion and reproductive rights after the Supreme Court passed a Texas law known as the SB. Is. 8 – which effectively bans abortions at six weeks – to take effect in September.
“When a decision comes, we will be ready,” he said.
“If Court Reverses Row”, Protecting a woman’s right to choose will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government,” Biden said. “And it will be up to voters to elect pro-election officials this November. At the federal level, we would need more pro-choice senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt the law codifying Roe., Which I will work to get passed and signed into law.
Politico on Monday evening published a draft opinion authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito. The president issued the statement Tuesday morning ahead of a trip to Alabama, where he planned to visit the Lockheed Martin factory, which produces the Javelin antitank missiles that the US is providing to Ukraine to help defend against an invasion of Russia. .
Alito wrote that the rationale behind Roe’s decision – which established the constitutional right for Americans to seek abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy – was “extraordinarily weak” and “has had harmful consequences.” He also appeared to raise the issue of the court’s decision in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
According to Politico, Alito wrote, “Roe was wrong from the start.” “We believe that Roe and Casey should be dismissed … it is time to pay attention to the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people.”
Americans from both sides of the abortion debate gathered outside the Supreme Court on Monday night following the publication of the draft opinion.
Biden has been a strong supporter of abortion rights, but has hardly addressed the divisive issue since becoming president.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers reacted swiftly to the leak.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement saying that “many” Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices lied about their views on Roe during confirmation hearings.
Democratic leaders said, “Many of these conservative judges, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the US Senate, broken the Constitution and tarnished both precedent and the reputation of the Supreme Court.” ”
Republicans rejoiced. “It’s a great victory for God and the unborn who have been killed innocently over the years,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.).
The Supreme Court’s official decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the case threatening Roe – is likely to come in the next two months. The case focuses on a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortions at 15 weeks.
The Supreme Court has a conservative 6-3 majority. Biden’s choice of Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retired Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer was confirmed last month.
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