WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and congressional candidates wasted no time Monday reacting to news of a draft Supreme Court opinion released by Politico suggesting the court consider a decision that would overturn the landmark 1973 ruling. Roe v. Wade who established a constitutional right to abortion.
The abortion issue was already a hot topic in major races across the country ahead of November’s midterm elections.
But the report that the High Court was potentially closer to reversing the nearly 50-year-old ruling – and letting states decide what abortion restrictions to enact – drew outrage from progressives and cheers from conservatives who ran for national and federal elections.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., released a joint statement saying “the Supreme Court is about to inflict the most great restriction of rights over the past fifty years – not just to women but to all Americans,” if the report is correct.
“The 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,” they said.
Here’s what other lawmakers and candidates in key races had to say or tweet Monday night:
Senator Maggie Hassan, DN.H. :
“The 50-year precedent set by Roe v. Wade is about to be overturned. If the reports are true, the SCOTUS opinion would have catastrophic consequences for millions of Americans. We will not be set back – we have to codify Roe now.”
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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. :
“I will say that if that’s the opinion of the Court, it’s a hell of an opinion. Voluminous research, tight argumentation and morally powerful.”
Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga. :
“As a pro-choice pastor, I have always believed that a patient’s room is far too small for a woman, her doctor, and the United States government. I will always fight to protect the right of a woman to choose. And that never changes.”
Tudor Dixon, GOP gubernatorial candidate, Michigan:
“We’ve come a long way since the Roe v. Wade decision. Technology allows us to see our baby before birth. Miraculous medical developments are now allowing babies to survive outside the womb much earlier than when that decision was taken. Truly, so many things have changed. But what has never changed is the preciousness of life.
Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash. :
“If that’s true, that kind of result is exactly what I’ve been ringing the alarm bells for – and it’s a five-alarm fire. The Republicans’ goal has always been to ban abortion: they already ban abortion in state legislatures across the country, they are fighting for a federal ban right here in the Senate, and they also plan to unseat Roe in the Supreme Court. »
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah:
“I hope and pray that what appears to be Judge Alito’s well-written and well-reasoned draft in fact reflects the majority opinion of the Court.”
Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., Senate candidate:
“If Democrats lose in AP, Congress may never save Roe. Poor women will suffer the most. I voted to enshrine Roe in law, endorsed by @NationalNOW, and voted 100% pro-choice while winning in GOP districts. That’s my record. If I’m your candidate, I’ll give you the campaign you deserve.”
Dave White, GOP gubernatorial candidate, Pennsylvania:
“With the decision to refer the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people, it is more important than ever to defeat the staunchly pro-abortion Josh Shapiro. No other candidate is as well positioned as I am to do so, and my top priority as Governor of Pennsylvania will be to ensure that every life is welcomed and valued in our Commonwealth.
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Cheri Beasley, Democratic Senate candidate, North Carolina:
“If this is confirmed, the moment we feared and fought against has arrived. As a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, I know that abortion is a fundamental human right. – and I will not stop fighting to protect that freedom. Congress must act and codify Roe v. Wade NOW.”
Lucas Kunce. Democratic Senate Candidate, Missouri:
“There is a fundamental need for the US Congress to codify Roe v. Wade immediately. If they don’t, we need to replace them.”