VP Harris on Roe v. Wade: ‘Now is the time to fight for women and for our country with everything we have’

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Vice President Kamala Harris warned Tuesday that “the rights of all Americans are at risk” amid a leaked draft notice signaling that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, saying “it’s time to fight for women and for our country.” with everything we have.”

“The United States Supreme Court has just confirmed that the draft opinion that would strike down Roe vs. Wade is genuine,” Harris said in a statement Tuesday. “deer guarantees a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. It also protects, at its core, the fundamental right to privacy.”

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“What is clear is that opponents of deer want to punish women and take away their right to make decisions about their own bodies,” Harris said. “Republican lawmakers in states across the country are weaponizing the use of the law against women.

Harris added, “The rights of all Americans are in jeopardy.”

“If the right to privacy is weakened, each person could face a future in which the government could potentially interfere in the personal decisions you make about your life,” Harris continued. “Now is the time to fight for women and for our country with all we have.”

Harris’ comments come after a leaked draft opinion, first reported by Politico, signaled that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

If Roe v. Wade was canceled, the abortion would be left to the states to decide.

Vice President Kamala Harris
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“We hold that deer and Casey must be overturned,” wrote Judge Samuel Alito in the document, titled “Opinion of the Court” for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “It is time to respect the Constitution and to return the question of abortion to the elected representatives of the people. representatives. »

The Supreme Court acknowledged in a statement on Tuesday that “a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case” was released Monday evening.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
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“Judges circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work,” the High Court said in a statement. “Although the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision of the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”

Chief Justice John Roberts also released a statement on Tuesday saying the court “will not be affected in any way” by the leak.

“To the extent that this betrayal of court confidences was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” Roberts said. “The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”

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“At the Court, we are fortunate to have a workforce – permanent staff and paralegals – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and maintaining the confidence of the Court,” Roberts said.

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“This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust which is an affront to the Court and to the community of civil servants who work here,” he continued.

Roberts said he “directed the Marshal of the Court to initiate an investigation into the source of the leak.”

Meanwhile, the Biden administration last year directed the Gender Policy Council and the White House Office of Legal Counsel to launch “a whole-of-government effort to respond” to the Supreme Court’s decision that allowed to Texas’ “extreme” law that banned more abortions from staying in effect.

President Biden said on Tuesday the councils are preparing “options for an administration response to the continued assault on abortion and reproductive rights, based on a variety of possible outcomes in cases pending before the Supreme Court.” .

“We will be ready as soon as a decision is made,” the president said.

The president also added that if the Supreme Court “overrules Deer, it will be up to our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect women’s right to choose. »

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“And it will be up to voters to elect pro-choice leaders in November,” Biden said. “At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to pass legislation that codifies Deer, which I will strive to pass and sign into law.”

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