Democratic governors are rushing to reassure the public that abortion would still be legal in their states in light of the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion that suggests the court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court’s bomb bill has yet to be upheld, but if it is, it paves the way for states to set their own rules on abortion.
Twenty-six Republican-led states are likely to completely ban abortion or introduce heavy restrictions if confirmed. Some, like Texas and Mississippi, have already virtually banned abortions.
SCOTUS rushes to find the leak and Republicans are fuming that it was meant to create the furor it has and hopefully keep the court from confirming it.
President Biden has promised to sign abortion rights into law if Roe v. Wade is canceled.
In the meantime, Democratic governors are rushing to promise that no matter what the Supreme Court does, they will still allow abortion in their states.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has tweeted that he will enshrine the right to abortion in the California constitution.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz have both promised to protect abortion rights in their states
“California will not sit idly by as women across America are disenfranchised and the progress so many have fought for is erased. We will fight.
“California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt about the right to abortion in this state.
“We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect our reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around that right in our state constitution.
“Women will remain protected here.”
Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, tweeted: “I refuse to let my new granddaughter fight for the rights that generations have fought and won, rights that she should be guaranteed.
BIDEN PLEDGES TO SIGN ABORTION RIGHTS INTO LAW IF ROE V. WADE IS VOID
President Biden released this statement this morning after the SCOTUS leak.
We do not know if this draft is authentic or if it reflects the final decision of the Court. With this critical caveat, I want to be clear on three points regarding Supreme Court cases.
First, my administration argued vigorously in court to defend Roe v. Wade. We said Roe is based on “a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’…against government interference in extremely personal decisions.”
I believe a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for nearly fifty years, and the fundamental fairness and stability of our law demands that it not be overturned.
Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I instructed my gender policy counsel and the White House General Counsel’s office to prepare options for an administration response to the ongoing attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes of cases pending before the Supreme Court. We will be ready as soon as a decision is rendered.
Third, if the Court overturns Roe, the onus will be on our country’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will be up to voters to elect pro-choice leaders in November.
Federally, we will need more pro-choice senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to pass legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign.
“For anyone in need of access to care, our state will welcome you with open arms.
“Abortion will always be safe and accessible in New York.
“New York will always be a place where the right to abortion is protected.
“Just as the Statue of Liberty raises her lamp in our harbor, New York will never stop standing up for what’s right – fearless and undeterred.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said, “A truly dark day in America with reports that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“This year, I signed the Reproductive Freedom of Choice Act – codifying a woman’s right to choose into state law. New Jersey will not backtrack on reproductive rights.
“I want to assure everyone in New Jersey that today’s news regarding the Supreme Court does not change access to abortion in our state. Access to reproductive health care remains available to all anyone in New Jersey who needs it.
At least 22 states have laws in place that would go into effect once the ruling is officially passed.
The organization also identified four more states it expects to enact new abortion bans in the near future, marking a total of 26 states that appear set to ban the procedures.
The 18 states that have already banned abortion almost completely include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, ‘Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. , Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Additionally, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and South Carolina all have laws prohibiting abortion after six weeks.
As of this writing, these six-week bans have been ruled unconstitutional.
Florida, Indiana, Montana and Nebraska are likely to pass bills when Roe v Wade is overturned.
Florida already has a 15-week abortion ban that goes into effect July 2022.
The law makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
“There is an exception if the patient’s health is in danger.
In signing the law into force, Governor Ron DeSantis said in a statement, “Life is a sacred gift worthy of our protection, and I am proud to sign this great bill that represents the most important to life in modern state history.’
Republicans, however, say the far left is trying to ensnare the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court.
On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell urged SCOTUS to “cut the noise” with its decision and continue deliberations on the matter.
GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said whoever leaked the bombshell memo “must be brought to justice” in a Fox News interview shortly after the report.
“This whole kerfuffle was caused by an unscrupulous person trying to subvert 235 years of tradition, trying to subvert the way the Supreme Court works,” Lee said.
He also released a statement late Monday calling the decision “well reasoned”, but further called the leak “dangerous, despicable and damaging”.
The Utah curator is part of a Senate subcommittee that will hold a hearing Monday at 10 a.m. on “transparency and accountability in the courts of the 21st century.”