Hillary Clinton Calls Leaked Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade An ‘Utter Disgrace’
A leaked a draft opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito would overturn Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion at a federal level on Monday, which liberals and pro-choice activists have been fearing since the nation’s highest court got a conservative super majority. Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed on Tuesday that the leaked document was legitimate and ordered an investigation into the matter.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the drafted decision, saying it was “Not surprising. But still outrageous,” in a tweet sent Monday night. She also said the decision, if made official “will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an utter disgrace.”
Not surprising. But still outrageous.
This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law. It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an utter disgrace. https://t.co/TNo1IX3Tl4
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 3, 2022
Clinton warned of this outcome when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was first being considered for the lifetime appointment back in the fall of 2018.
A few weeks before Kavanaugh’s name appeared on President Trump’s short list for a new justice, Kavanaugh praised the dissent in the Roe v. Wade case and called former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist his “hero,” noting that “he clearly wanted to overrule Roe.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 5, 2018
In part, the draft opinion read that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” and later elaborated “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
This document does not represent a final decision on the issue and some Justices may change their votes between now and the final opinion being published, which is predicted to be within the next two months. It listed Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett as in favor of Alito’s opinion, while Democrat appointees Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan were dissenting.
Over half of states in the U.S., mostly in the south and midwest, have enacted abortion bans set to take effect as soon as Roe is overturned, with others already having plenty of restrictions in place without that occurring.
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