News broke that the majority of the Supreme Court privately voted to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion right ruling after a draft opinion leaked online. The leaked document has been confirmed, causing disarray in the Supreme Court and STRONG social media backlash from politicians, entertainers, influencers and more. Deets inside…
Breaking news about the future of women’s rights broke right in the middle of the Met Gala festivities.
On Monday, a leaked document revealed the majority of the Supreme Court privately voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling, leaving the legalization of abortion up to individual states to decide and in what circumstances. The 1973 landmark ruling ensured a woman had a choice in terminating a pregnancy in the first trimester.
Politico obtained the draft opinion, marking an unprecedented moment in the court’s modern history. The court confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft and Chief Justice John Roberts said he had ordered an investigation into what he called an "egregious breach of trust."
“Until now, a leak of this kind would have been unthinkable,” said Peter G. Verniero, a former justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. “The protocol of our highest court has been seriously ruptured. The leaking itself reflects another sad step toward casting the court as a political body, which, whatever your preferred jurisprudence, is most unhealthy for the rule of law.”
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there will no longer be a nationwide constitutional right to legally have an abortion and it’s predicted at least 26 states are “certain or likely” to ban abortion. Women living in states where abortions are banned will have to travel to a state to have the procedure done IF they can afford to do so. And if laws in their home state are not passed that penalize women who do this.
It’s important to note, an actual opinion isn’t due on any case at this time. This could be a draft being formulated for a “what if” situation, and being worked on in advance with law clerks in his office.
It’s also important to note, if you are a person who is vehemently against the striking down of Roe v. Wade (which secures women’s right to choose and women’s right to privacy - not just including abortion but for ALL medical and some non medical situations), but believe Supreme Court appointments are insignificant, here is the proof to prove you wrong. Throughout history, The US Supreme Court can and has struck down entire federal laws - with the stroke of a pen - affecting the lives of specific groups of Americans. From slavery to Jim Crow to voting rights. It is why those who understand politics know that the Supreme Court is arguably the most powerful branch of government.
President Joe Biden blasted the draft opinion and warned that same-sex marriage and birth control are at risk if the court follows through.
Madame Vice President Kamala Harris called the private draft "a direct assault on freedom" in a tweet:
If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, it will be a direct assault on freedom.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 4, 2022
Forever President Barack Obama& Forever First Lady Michelle Obama said the ruling “would be a blow not just to women, but to all of us who believe that in a free society, there are limits to how much the government can encroach on our personal lives," in a statement.
Here’s my statement with Michelle on the draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/xBJJkLYGlQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 3, 2022
We’ve rounded up more strong reactions from politicians, celebs and more below:
If you are upset that #RoeVWade is about to be overturned by the Supreme Court but you didn’t vote in 2016 or you voted for Trump because you didn’t like the smart lady, YOU did this w/your apathy or your decision to choose an imp for President. YOU gave him THREE SCOTUS seats.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) May 3, 2022
Abolish the filibuster. Codify Roe. Expand the Supreme Court. Protect abortion rights by any means necessary.
We need all of the above. This is an emergency.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) May 3, 2022
If there is one thing you read about Roe v Wade being overturned, make it this. https://t.co/n9dA5Jslwo
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 4, 2022
Folks on here saying this will energize “women” voters are blatantly ignoring that majority of Black, Latina, Asian and Indigenous women voted against Republicans, and majority of white women voted for despite Rs explicit promise to end Roe. So, what are you really saying?
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) May 3, 2022
'I am angry:' Senator Elizabeth Warren reacts outside the U.S. Supreme Court hours after the leak of a draft opinion from the court that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision pic.twitter.com/dhSa2ENrv7
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 4, 2022
I was shocked to wake up to the news this morning. A reversal of Roe v. Wade would set us back 50 years and disproportionately impact the most vulnerable women in society.
I support a woman's right to make their own decisions about their health care.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2022
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
Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights.
An extreme wing of the Supreme Court may seek to deny that fundamental truth.
They may try to force their views on a country where 70% of people want Roe upheld.
We will not be quiet and we will not go back.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 3, 2022
It is a fundamental right for a woman to make her own health decisions. We must protect the right to choose and codify Roe v Wade into law.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 3, 2022
I’m in the membership office as Dominique is contacting NAN women leaders across the country about the Roe v. Wade leak that was released. NAN supports women’s rights to choose. pic.twitter.com/1AEuJE6nUn
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 4, 2022
”The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg shared a strong reaction to the Supreme Court draft, speaking about her own teenage abortion experience in an essay for The Choices We Made.
”Women, when they decide something is not right for them, they'll take it into their own hands," she began. "Well, we got tired over tripping over women in bathrooms — public bathrooms — who were giving themselves abortions because there was nowhere safe, nowhere clean, nowhere to go. This law came about because people wanted people to have somewhere safe and somewhere clean."
She declared, “This is not a religious issue, this is a human issue."
Peep the clip below:
Several companies have come forward to help staff in red states bypass abortion bans, including Amazon, Citigroup, Yelp, Uber and Lyft.
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