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Democrats urged Congress to pass a bill codifying Roe v. Wade in response to the alleged draft of an upcoming Supreme Court opinion reversing the 1973 abortion precedent.
The draft, which the Court declined to confirm or deny and which appears to date back to February, would overturn Roe v. Wade (1973) and would allow states to make their own laws on the burning issue of abortion. Since this is a draft, reported by Politico, and not an official, signed notice, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Drafts circulate and change.
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“If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in fifty years – not just on women but on all Americans,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. , D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck. Schumer, DN.Y., said in a joint statement Monday.
“Republican-appointed judges reported votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade would become an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history,” Pelosi and Schumer added.
“Several of these conservative justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the United States Senate, torn up the Constitution, and stained both precedent and the reputation of the Supreme Court – all at the expense of dozens of millions of women who may soon be deprived of their bodily autonomy and the constitutional rights on which they have relied for half a century,” they continued.
“Congress needs to pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., an independent who caucused with Democrats and finished twice in as a runner-up in a Democratic Presidential Primary, tweeted. “And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there aren’t, we need to end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., also called for legislation codifying Roe, accusing Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va. to block movement.
“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS aren’t just coming for abortion — they’re coming for the privacy rights that Roe relies on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Manchin is blocking Congress codifying Roe. House apparently forgot about Clarence Thomas. Those 2 points need to change.”
Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee and former first lady and secretary of state, called the unconfirmed draft opinion “outrageous.”
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“Not surprising. But still outrageous,” she tweeted. “This ruling is a direct assault on the dignity, rights and lives of women, not to mention decades of entrenched law. It will kill and subjugate women even when a vast majority of Americans believe abortion should to be legal. What a total shame.”
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