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Democratic governors and Advocates General responded to the alleged draft of a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling that slams Roe v. Wade down with horror and a renewed dedication to abortion rights.
The draft, which the court refused to confirm or deny, and which appears to date back to February, would reverse Roe v. Wade (1973) and allow states to make their own laws on the hot-button issue of abortion. Since this is a draft, reported by Politico, and not an officially signed statement, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Drafts are circulating and changing.
“I am appalled by the apparent draft Supreme Court opinion that was leaked tonight and which would overturn the right to abortion guaranteed by Roe v. Wade“For the sake of women across the country, this should not be the Supreme Court’s final statement when it comes to abortion rights,” Governor Kathy Hochul, DN.Y., said in a statement Monday.
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Hochul said she refuses to “go backwards” on the issue. “I refuse to let my new granddaughter fight for the rights that generations have fought for and won, rights that she should be guaranteed,” she said.
“For anyone who needs access to care, our state will welcome you with open arms,” the governor added. “New York will always be a place where abortion rights are protected and where abortion is safe and accessible. Just as the Statue of Liberty raises its lamp high in our harbor, New York will never stop fighting for what is right – rude and fearless. . “
Governor Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., Called the draft a “shocking attack on women’s rights.”
“This draft opinion is a shocking attack on women’s rights throughout this country, and if left standing, it will ruin lives and endanger countless women,” he said in a statement Monday. “It will be the end of fundamental constitutional rights that American women have had for nearly 50 years.”
Newsom argued that the draft opinion shows that the court “does not value women’s rights.”
“We have a Supreme Court that does not value women’s rights, and a political minority that will not stop at anything to take those rights away,” he said. “This does not stop with elections and the right to privacy. They undermine progress and erase the civil protections and rights that so many have fought for over the last half century.”
“We have to wake up. We have to fight like hell. We will not be silenced,” he concluded.
Newsom also issued a joint statement with California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and House Speaker Anthony Rendon calling for a change to “enshrine the right to vote” in the California Constitution.
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Gov. Phil Murphy, DN.J., described Monday as a “really dark day in America.”
“A really dark day in America with news reports that the Supreme Court has voted to overthrow Roe v. Wade,” he wrote on Twitter. (It remains unclear whether the court actually voted to overthrow Roe, and the situation may change even if it did.) “This year, I signed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act – codifying a woman’s right to vote in state law. New Jersey will not go backwards in terms of reproductive rights. “
“I want to assure any New Jerseyan that today’s news about the Supreme Court does not change access to abortion in our state,” he added. “Access to reproductive health care remains available to anyone who needs it in New Jersey.”
Attorney General Phil Weiser, D-Colo., Vowed to defend “reproductive rights” if the court will not.
“Now would be a good time to make it clear that Colorado will protect reproductive rights, whether or not #SCOTUS does,” he tweeted. “And we also want to protect the right to travel here to have an abortion.”
States with Democratic lawmakers have passed laws codifying abortion in the event of Roe being overthrown. Governor Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed a law create a “fundamental right” to abortion and deny any right to the unborn. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo, DN.Y., signed a law codifying abortion rights and explicit removal protection against unborn infants.
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While many polls suggest Americans support Roe, in-depth polls reveal a more complicated picture. When asked for their opinion on abortion during certain periods of pregnancy and other situations, 71% of Americans say they support limiting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy (22%) or in other limited circumstances, such as rape and incest (28%), to save the mother’s life (9%) or not at all (12%). Only 17% of Americans said abortion should be available during an entire pregnancy, and 12% said it should be limited to the first six months.
This is a development story and will be updated.