SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California heads of state rang Monday night after a leaked draft opinion report suggested the U.S. Supreme Court voted privately to strike down abortion rights instituted in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade.
Politico released the report after claiming to have obtained the leaked document.
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Senator Toni Atkins says California will protect abortion rights if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Atkins released a joint statement with Governor and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, which read:
“California will not sit idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for is 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 about the right to abortion in that state. We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around that right in our state constitution. Women will remain protected here.
We have prepared for this, because leaving women without options is not an option. Yes #SCOTUS will not protect our bodily autonomy, California will ensure that our constitution leaves no room for confusion.
Abortion rights WILL be protected here. https://t.co/TspbayuXms
— Senator Toni Atkins (@SenToniAtkins) May 3, 2022
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi posted a series of tweets calling the reported vote an “abomination”.
If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to impose the greatest restriction of rights in fifty years – not just on women but on all Americans.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 3, 2022
Pelosi released a joint statement on the report with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, which read:
“If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in fifty years – not just on women but on all Americans.
“Votes reported by Republican-appointed judges to overturn Roe v. Wade would be considered an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history.
“Several of these conservative justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the United States Senate, torn up the Constitution, and stained both precedent and the reputation of the Supreme Court – all at the expense of dozens of millions of women who may soon be stripped of their bodily autonomy and constitutional rights upon which they have relied for half a century.
“The party of Lincoln and Eisenhower is now completely vested in the party of Trump. Every Republican senator who supported Senator McConnell and voted for Justice Trump claiming that day would never come will now have to explain themselves to the American people.
Shortly after Politico’s report was released, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California would not sit idly by and said the High Court’s decision, if the reported vote stands, would be “the end of rights fundamental constitutional rights that American women have enjoyed for nearly 50 years. years.” California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley called the governor’s statement “irresponsible.”
Newsom aims to make California a sanctuary state for reproductive care such as abortions.
Last January, Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom underscored California’s commitment to preserving access to reproductive health services in the face of national reproductive rights challenges.
“At a time when some across our nation are deliberately and deliberately choosing to attack women’s reproductive rights, California will continue to be a beacon – expanding access to abortion and reproductive care, and ensuring that our state is a place where people receive essential reproductive health care services quickly and safely,” said Governor Newsom and First Partner Siebel Newsom.
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First partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Monday called the court-reported vote “archaic.”
We will not back down. We will stand up and fight against this archaic effort to roll back basic reproductive rights. https://t.co/47Dt7ayuoC
— Jennifer Siebel Newsom (@JenSiebelNewsom) May 3, 2022
California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Koulounakis was one of many other heads of state to speak on the report.
“Reproductive freedom is in danger of being struck down by the US Supreme Court – and that is appalling. If this draft SCOTUS advisory is upheld, the Board stands ready to ensure that everyone can continue to have control over their body and their life, now and always,” Lieutenant Governor Eleni Koulounakis said Monday evening.
Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby said the High Court vote was about control.
“Be clear about what that means. Without the ability to control our own body, we are not truly free. It’s a matter of control. It’s a matter of freedom,” she said.
Be clear about what this means.
Without the ability to control our own body, we are not truly free.
— Angelique Ashby (@AngeliqueAshby) May 3, 2022
In response to the report, Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit that provides sexual health care, including abortions, said the nation had reached a “moment of crisis” but said abortions were still legal at the moment.
“Let’s be clear: this is a draft opinion. It’s outrageous, it’s unprecedented, but it’s not definitive. Abortion is your right – and it’s ALWAYS LEGAL. the organization tweeted.
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See the reactions of others below:
California unequivocally defends the right to abortion, no matter what right-wing zealots in the Supreme Court say.
We will fight hard to expand access to abortion, here and in other states.
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) May 3, 2022
I am deeply concerned by reports that the long standing Roe v Wade precedent is to be overturned. This irresponsible decision not only overturns nearly 50 years of established law, but will also put the health and well-being of countless women at risk.
— John Garamendi (@RepGaramendi) May 3, 2022
Overthrowing Roe means the women will either die or become sterile. I thought you right wing people believed in less government but now you invite politicians to risk women’s lives even if they are raped! Wake up America.
— Barbara Boxer (@BarbaraBoxer) May 3, 2022