POTUS Blasts Supreme Court for Leaving Texas Anti-Abortion Law in Place
President Joe Biden on Thursday blasted the United States Supreme Court for allowing Senate Bill 8 – an insidious, vigilante justice-based anti-abortion bill that went into effect in Texas on Wednesday – to remain in place, setting a dangerous precedent for the futures of reproductive freedom, personal privacy, and civil rights like marriage equality.
The majority right-wing Court issued a 5-4 unsigned opinion refusing to hear legal challenges to the transparently unconstitutional SB8. Chief Justice John Roberts joined liberal Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor in their dissents.
Biden spared no mercy for conservative Associate Justices Samuel Alito (who oversees the 5th Circuit, which includes Texas), Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch for their “unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost fifty years. By allowing a law to go into effect that empowers private citizens in Texas to sue health care providers, family members supporting a woman exercising her right to choose after six weeks, or even a friend who drives her to a hospital or clinic, it unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts. Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women,” he said in a statement that was released by the White House,
The president reminded the nation of the codified insanity inside SB8.
“This law is so extreme it does not even allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest. And it not only empowers complete strangers to inject themselves into the most private of decisions made by a woman—it actually incentivizes them to do so with the prospect of $10,000 if they win their case. For the majority to do this without a hearing, without the benefit of an opinion from a court below, and without due consideration of the issues, insults the rule of law and the rights of all Americans to seek redress from our courts,” he said.
“Rather than use its supreme authority to ensure justice could be fairly sought, the highest Court of our land will allow millions of women in Texas in need of critical reproductive care to suffer while courts sift through procedural complexities. The dissents by Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan all demonstrate the error of the Court’s action here powerfully,” Biden continued.
He pledged to use the power of his administration to ensure that women in Texas and other states have access the health care they need.
“While the Chief Justice was clear to stress that the action by the Supreme Court is not a final ruling on the future of Roe, the impact of last night’s decision will be immediate and requires an immediate response. One reason I became the first president in history to create a Gender Policy Council was to be prepared to react to such assaults on women’s rights,” Biden said. “Hence, I am directing that Council and the Office of the White House Counsel to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision, looking specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe, and what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties.”