Americans across the country are reacting with rage after a leak of a draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was published by Politico Monday. In it, the highest court defended their decision to reverse Roe v. Wade and rule in favor of Mississippi’s abortion ban—ultimately allowing for several states to pass anti-abortion laws of their own, as reproductive rights will no longer be protected at the federal level.
Within hours of the report being published protestors and demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court, demanding that the 1973 law be preserved. The country is rightfully angry and we can only hope this anger contributes to change and allows for the justices to rethink their decision, as the leaked opinion was just a draft and not their final decision.
Here’s a roundup of how Americans across the country feel including legislators in various states and what they plan to do. Feel free to drop a comment with your thoughts. Right now, we feel; tomorrow, we act.
Starting it off is fan-favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has always been at the center of the fight. Warren is rightfully expressing the rage most Americans are feeling right now.
Of course, Warren isn’t alone. Democratic governors across the country also reacted, and reiterated their dedication to preserving reproductive rights.
"In light of the reported decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, [Colorado] remains a state where freedom is respected and where any person has the ability to live, work, thrive, and raise a family on their own terms," said Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
"While states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona are engaging in the unwelcome intrusion of government into deeply personal and religious decisions, Colorado remains a refuge where any person has the ability to live, work, thrive, and raise a family on their own terms."
Some people were more concerned about the document being leaked than the decision shared. Republicans across the country expressed their concern despite being glad to hear SCOTUS supported their anti-abortion policies.
"This unprecedented leak is concerning, outrageous, and a blatant attempt to manipulate the sacred procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court. Those responsible should be held accountable. My prayer is that Roe v. Wade is overturned and that life prevails," said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican.
Others hopped on the trend, too.
"I have advocated for the reversal of Roe v. Wade all my political career. The leak from someone within the court is reprehensible and should lead to an investigation, but I do hope the court returns authority to the states," said Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
And, of course, some were excited that they may be able to advance their agenda sooner than later.
"If this report is true and Roe v. Wade is overturned, I will immediately call for a special session to save lives and guarantee that every unborn child has a right to life in South Dakota," said Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
One good thing coming from this leak is the unity in us all coming together for this fight to protect bodily autonomy and access to safe, legal abortion. We cannot go back. As Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted: “Not on my watch.”
November’s elections matter. We need to elect pro-abortion rights officials at the federal level to help Democrats pass legislation protecting abortion rights.
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