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Biden responds to leaked Supreme Court draft reversing Roe v. Wade

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President Joe Biden released a statement in response to a Politico report which appears to include a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The report came out Monday night.

“If the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November,” President Biden said in the Tuesday statement. “At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”

From the statement, it appears the Biden administration is looking to add abortion rights to a list of policy goals despite struggling to pass major legislation since assuming office. Codifying Roe v. Wade would likely require a change to the Senate filibuster rules, which Biden has already failed to do to pass voting rights legislation.

The leaked opinion concerns the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The court heard arguments in the case last December. In the leaked majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court describes Roe v. Wade as “egregiously wrong from the start.”

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and [Casey v. Planned Parenthood] now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Alito wrote. “That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.'”

The official ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is expected to come in late June or early July. When that happens, if the final opinion does not stray from the draft opinion, the current legislative push to restrict abortion in several Republican-led states is expected to grow to cover roughly half the country.

“Roe cannot go, Roe cannot go, Roe cannot go.”
Jimmie Johnson: PROTESTERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ABORTION ARGUMENT HAVE CONVERGED ON THE STEPS OF THE SUPREME COURT.
THE REACTION HAS BEEN NON-STOP IN THE HOURS AFTER A DRAFT OF THE HIGH COURT’S DECISION WAS LEAKED TO POLITICO.
ACCORDING TO THAT DRAFT AND CONFIRMED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS– THE COURT IS SET TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE.
IN THE MAJORITY OPINION — JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO WROTE THAT THE CONSTITUTION MAKES NO REFERENCE TO ABORTION, AND NO SUCH RIGHT IS IMPLICITLY PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION.
WHILE THE COURT CONFIRMED ITS AUTHENTICITY- THEY REITERATED THE OPINION IS NOT FINAL.
AN INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN ORDERED INTO THE SOURCE OF THE LEAK.
SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAYS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MUST PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES.
Sen. Mitch McConnell | (R) Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader: “Last night’s stunning breach was an attack on the independence of the Supreme Court. By every indication, this was yet another escalation in the radical left’s ongoing campaign to bully and intimidate federal judges and substitute mob rule for the rule of law.”
Jimmie Johnson: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP ON THE OTHER HAND- IS CONDEMNING THE COURT’S APPARENT DECISION.
Sen. Chuck Schumer | (D) New York, Senate Majority Leader: “The Republican-appointed Justices’ reported votes to overturn Roe v. Wade will go down as an abomination, one of the worst, most damaging decisions in modern history.”
Jimmie Johnson: PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ALSO RELEASED A STATEMENT AND URGED CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO CODIFY ROE V. WADE – WHICH WOULD TURN IT INTO LAW.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE — CODIFYING ROE ANYTIME SOON WOULD LIKELY REQUIRE A CHANGE TO THE FILIBUSTER RULES IN THE SENATE.
THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ALREADY FAILED TO CHANGE THE RULES IN ITS PUSH FOR VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION.

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President Joe Biden released a statement in response to a Politico report which appears to include a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The report came out Monday night.

“If the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November,” President Biden said in the Tuesday statement. “At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”

From the statement, it appears the Biden administration is looking to add abortion rights to a list of policy goals despite struggling to pass major legislation since assuming office. Codifying Roe v. Wade would likely require a change to the Senate filibuster rules, which Biden has already failed to do to pass voting rights legislation.

The leaked opinion concerns the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The court heard arguments in the case last December. In the leaked majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court describes Roe v. Wade as “egregiously wrong from the start.”

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and [Casey v. Planned Parenthood] now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Alito wrote. “That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.'”

The official ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is expected to come in late June or early July. When that happens, if the final opinion does not stray from the draft opinion, the current legislative push to restrict abortion in several Republican-led states is expected to grow to cover roughly half the country.

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