Joe Biden says Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade draft ruling threatens same-…

Joe Biden says Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade draft ruling threatens same-…

The Supreme Court’s preliminary ruling was first reported by Politico and later verified as authentic by Justice Roberts.

People have a preyer outside of the US Supreme Court.Credit:AP

If adopted, Roe v Wade – which allows women to terminate pregnancies up to 24 weeks – would effectively be overturned and the states would have the strength to set their own rules and regulations over treatment.

This would further cement a trend that has already started taking place across numerous Republican-led states which have voted on a range of restrictive measures in recent months.

But is expected that overturning Roe would go much further, resulting in at the minimum half of the states in America seeking to make abortion illegal, potentially affecting an estimated 100 million women.


Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and Kentucky, for example, would be among them. Each have passed a so-called “cause law” that would take effect 30 days after the Roe v Wade is repealed making abortion a crime – except, in some situations, to save the life of a pregnant patient or if they risk serious harm by having the baby.

As news of the draft ruling reverberated on Tuesday, Biden released a statement urging Congress to codify abortion rights and calling on voters to elect pro-choice politicians at November’s midterm elections.

However, the president declined to say whether he would sustain changing Senate rules so that any plans to codify the right to an abortion would not be thwarted by the so-called filibuster, which requires at the minimum 60 votes for most bills so pass the Senate.

This is important due to the makeup of the 100-member chamber, which is uniformly divided between Democrats and Republicans at 50 votes each. Vice President Kamala Harris has the deciding vote in the event of a tie.


Former president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also weighed into the argue, issuing a statement warning that if the draft becomes final it would “relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues”.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was joined by dozens of other Senators on the front steps of the Capitol confirming that the Senate would keep up a vote to codify abortion rights. While it is doubtful the vote would pass unless the filibuster rule changed, such a procedure would allow people to “see which side every Senator stands on,” he said.

“The rights of 100 million women are now on the ballot,” he said. “Because if Roe v Wade is overturned we have to assume there is more to come.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, focused less on the abortion argue itself and more on the “shocking, shocking breach” which he suggested was likely to have come from inside the court with the intention of changing the outcome.

“All nine Justices should tune out the bad faith noise and feel totally free to do their jobs, following the facts wherever they rule,” the Kentucky republican said in a statement.

A furious Justice Roberts issued a scarce out-of-court statement announcing that he had directed his marshall to probe how the draft was leaked. He verified the document was an authentic draft but also warned that it was not a final decision by the court.

’“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the court was to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” he wrote. “The work of the court will not be affected in any way.”

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