Warren: Leaked Roe opinion “opened a door to a whole lot of ugliness”
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on the Senate to pass an abortion rights bill after a leaked draft majority opinion reportedly shows the nation’s high court could overturn the landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.
She said Friday on CBS Mornings that although the bill is facing challenges in passing the Senate she believes it’s important to continue with it to help those who could be affected by Roe v. Wade being overturned.
“This bill is about ensuring that every person in the country has the right to make their own decision about pregnancy,” Warren stated.
Leaked draft majority opinion published by Politico suggests that a majority of Supreme Court justices are ready to reverse Roe v. Wade. This landmark decision established the right to abortion.
Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the draft opinion but said it was not a final decision.
Warren stated that Congress should pass a law to ensure nationwide access to abortion, just as it does for access to health care.
” We pass laws at the federal stage to decide minimum wage and to decide access health care–this law is not about protecting the people with power, it is about protecting all citizens in the country who don’t have power.” she stated.
Overturning Roe, and a 1992 case that reaffirmed its ruling, would allow states to determine their own abortion restrictions or protections. Warren stated that even those who believe their states won’t ban abortion should be concerned.
” Those of us who feel that we live in states where abortion is not legal can’t ignore the others who will be hurt. She said that secondly, this opinion has opened the door to a lot of ugly things. “If the Supreme Court gets its way and we don’t fight back at a federal level it can affect the lives of all of us.”
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