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California public officials react to report suggesting U.S. Supreme Court will repeal Roe v. Wade

The highest court in the country is likely to repeal Roe v. Wade, which has for decades offered protections to people when it came to receiving abortions, according to a report from Politico.A draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide has sparked protests nationwide, as well as prompted lawmakers to comment on the Politico report. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” the draft opinion states. It was signed by Justice Samuel Alito, a member of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority who was appointed by former President George W. Bush. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the document and launched an investigation into the leak. The document was labeled a “1st Draft” of the “Opinion of the Court” in a case challenging Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks, a case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.Opinions often change in ways big and small in the drafting process. A court spokesperson said in this case that the document “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.””Our daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers will not be silenced,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted. “The world is about to hear their fury. California will not sit back. We are going to fight like hell.” The tweet led to a response to California Republican legislator Kevin Kiley, an often outspoken congressman critical of the governor. In a tweet, Kiley called Newsom’s response completely irresponsible in regards to his vowing to “fight like hell.”Anthony Rendon, the California Assembly Speaker, also took to Twitter after the court opinion was leaked. “If this happens, this would be the most egregious attack on our constitutional rights in decades- particularly the rights of women,” Rendon said in a tweet. “We cannot allow our constitutional right to abortion to be whittled down or destroyed.”The governor’s office sent a statement on behalf of Newsom, Rendon and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, that reads:“California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased. We will fight. California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state. We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around this right in our state constitution. Women will remain protected here.”Here is how California’s two Democratic U.S. senators reacted. Sen. Alex Padilla called for the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill he is co-sponsoring that would guarantee access and the right to abortion in the U.S. “It’s time for Congress to get off the sidelines and protect women’s fundamental right to choose. The draft opinion released last night is an urgent warning of the threat an increasingly far-right Supreme Court poses to women’s rights. We must act now before it is too late.“Make no mistake: the legitimacy of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. The Court’s power rests in the faith that the American people place in it. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it’s hard to see how the American people can trust this Supreme Court to protect other fundamental rights.”Sen. Dianne Feinstein predicted that “women will be harmed and some will die.” Here is more reaction from lawmakers in Northern California. U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento:“If the draft Supreme Court decision is accurate, it would be a direct attack on the health and safety of millions of women across the nation. For half a century, Roe v. Wade has been, and continues to be, the law of the land, protecting an individuals’ right to make their own decisions about their health care, their body and their future.“These attacks are nothing new. In courts and state houses across the country, women’s health care rights have been under assault for years. While California continues to lead the way on abortion rights and access to women’s health care, we must demand the same for every woman across the nation. If this draft decision stands, 26 states would quickly ban abortion, leaving more than 36 million women who can become pregnant without access to a safe, legal abortion. These state bans will fall hardest on people of color and people in rural areas, exacerbating inequities these communities already face when it comes to accessing health care. “I am proud to have voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act, and will keep fighting to protect access to a safe, legal abortion for all people, no matter their zip code, income, race, or immigration status. The Senate must act now to advance this legislation that would put an end to these relentless attacks on reproductive rights.”Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove:Rep. John Garamendi, D-Davis:Asm. Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove:The court is expected to rule on the case before its term ends in late June or early July. The Associated Press contributed to this reporting.

The highest court in the country is likely to repeal Roe v. Wade, which has for decades offered protections to people when it came to receiving abortions, according to a report from Politico.

A draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide has sparked protests nationwide, as well as prompted lawmakers to comment on the Politico report.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” the draft opinion states. It was signed by Justice Samuel Alito, a member of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority who was appointed by former President George W. Bush. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the document and launched an investigation into the leak.

The document was labeled a “1st Draft” of the “Opinion of the Court” in a case challenging Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks, a case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Opinions often change in ways big and small in the drafting process. A court spokesperson said in this case that the document “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”

“Our daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers will not be silenced,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted. “The world is about to hear their fury. California will not sit back. We are going to fight like hell.”

The tweet led to a response to California Republican legislator Kevin Kiley, an often outspoken congressman critical of the governor.

In a tweet, Kiley called Newsom’s response completely irresponsible in regards to his vowing to “fight like hell.”

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Anthony Rendon, the California Assembly Speaker, also took to Twitter after the court opinion was leaked.

“If this happens, this would be the most egregious attack on our constitutional rights in decades- particularly the rights of women,” Rendon said in a tweet. “We cannot allow our constitutional right to abortion to be whittled down or destroyed.”

The governor’s office sent a statement on behalf of Newsom, Rendon and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, that reads:

“California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased. We will fight. California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state. We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around this right in our state constitution. Women will remain protected here.”

Here is how California’s two Democratic U.S. senators reacted.

Sen. Alex Padilla called for the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill he is co-sponsoring that would guarantee access and the right to abortion in the U.S.

“It’s time for Congress to get off the sidelines and protect women’s fundamental right to choose. The draft opinion released last night is an urgent warning of the threat an increasingly far-right Supreme Court poses to women’s rights. We must act now before it is too late.

“Make no mistake: the legitimacy of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. The Court’s power rests in the faith that the American people place in it. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it’s hard to see how the American people can trust this Supreme Court to protect other fundamental rights.”

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein predicted that “women will be harmed and some will die.”

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Here is more reaction from lawmakers in Northern California.

U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento:

“If the draft Supreme Court decision is accurate, it would be a direct attack on the health and safety of millions of women across the nation. For half a century, Roe v. Wade has been, and continues to be, the law of the land, protecting an individuals’ right to make their own decisions about their health care, their body and their future.

“These attacks are nothing new. In courts and state houses across the country, women’s health care rights have been under assault for years. While California continues to lead the way on abortion rights and access to women’s health care, we must demand the same for every woman across the nation. If this draft decision stands, 26 states would quickly ban abortion, leaving more than 36 million women who can become pregnant without access to a safe, legal abortion. These state bans will fall hardest on people of color and people in rural areas, exacerbating inequities these communities already face when it comes to accessing health care.

“I am proud to have voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act, and will keep fighting to protect access to a safe, legal abortion for all people, no matter their zip code, income, race, or immigration status. The Senate must act now to advance this legislation that would put an end to these relentless attacks on reproductive rights.”

Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove:

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Rep. John Garamendi, D-Davis:

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Asm. Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove:

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The court is expected to rule on the case before its term ends in late June or early July.


The Associated Press contributed to this reporting.



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