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President Biden Says ‘Radical’ Leaked Roe Ruling Shows Other Rights Also at Risk

President Biden Says ‘Radical’ Leaked Roe Ruling Shows Other Rights Also at Risk

Before departing for a planned trip to a Lockheed Martin plant in Alabama on Tuesday morning, President Joe Biden spoke to the press line and blasted the Supreme Court’s apparent decision to overturn abortion rights at the federal level, allowing states to enact harsh restrictions that could have catastrophic impacts for generations to come.

Monday night’s bombshell leak of a draft ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito and obtained by Politico is already dividing an already fractured GOP, with some rejoicing over the impending decision and others angry about the leak and who might have been behind it. But the President was focused on the consequences of what will happen if the ruling is passed by the high court.

Speaking to reporters before boarding Air Force One, President Biden said he hoped the draft wouldn’t be finalized by SCOTUS, saying it reflects a “fundamental shift in American jurisprudence” that threatens “other basic rights” like access to birth control and marriage. “If this decision holds, it’s really quite a radical decision,” the President said.

“If the court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose,” President Biden told reporters. “And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he intended to hold a vote to codify Roe, despite past failed efforts to do so. “This is as urgent and real as it gets,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Every American is going to see on which side every senator stands.”

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A recent Gallup poll showed that upwards of 80% of Americans support legal abortions during the first trimester. But in the draft, Judge Alito says the court can’t predict how the public might react and shouldn’t try. “We cannot allow our decisions to be affected by any extraneous influences such as concern about the public’s reaction to our work,” Alito wrote in the draft opinion, according to Politico.


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