A coalition of 17 Democratic governors despatched a letter to Congress Tuesday urging U.S. lawmakers to codify Roe v. Wade to guard the appropriate to abortion entry following a draft opinion leaked from the Supreme Court docket that might overturn the landmark ruling.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), who’s main the coalition, shared the Tuesday letter on Twitter. It urges Congress to “take fast motion to guard reproductive rights throughout the nation” by passing the Ladies’s Well being Safety Act — laws launched in September 2021 that might assure a girls’s proper to abortion entry.
“Reproductive healthcare choices are deeply private and must be made by sufferers in session with their healthcare suppliers, not by politicians,” the letter reads. “The results of overturning Roe v. Wade for hundreds of thousands throughout the nation can’t be overstated. Our collective accountability to defend entry to reproductive healthcare, together with abortion, has by no means been extra vital.”
Along with Evers, the letter was signed by Govs. Gavin Newsom (Calif.), Ned Lamont (Conn.), Jared Polis (Colo.), J.B. Pritzker (Ailing.), Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.), Tim Walz (Minn.) and Steve Sisolak (Nev.), Phil Murphy (N.J.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.), Kathy Hochul (N.Y.), Roy Cooper (N.C.), Kate Brown (Ore.), Tom Wolf (Pa.), Daniel McKee (R.I.), Jay Inslee (Wash.) and Albert Bryan Jr. (Virgin Islands).
Politico on Monday evening leaked a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito and backed by a conservative majority that might overturn Roe v. Wade. The court docket will is predicted to rule on the case Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group, which entails a problem to a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, within the coming weeks.
Chief Justice John Roberts launched a press release on Tuesday confirming the authenticity of the draft opinion, however famous it was only a draft and opinions might change. He additionally known as for an investigation into who leaked it.
Each the leak and its contents drew an explosion of issues throughout the nation from politicians, advocacy organizations and celebrities.
On Tuesday, President Biden known as on Congress and states to behave and mentioned People ought to vote in pro-choice candidates within the upcoming midterm elections.
“If the Court docket does overturn Roe, it should fall on our nation’s elected officers in any respect ranges of presidency to guard a girl’s proper to decide on,” Biden mentioned. “And it’ll fall on voters to elect pro-choice officers this November.”
After former president Donald Trump put in a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court docket, Republican-led states from Texas to Oklahoma have launched new legal guidelines that severely restrict abortion entry.
13 states have set off legal guidelines in place, designed to take impact robotically or by fast state motion if Roe now not applies.
Within the letter to Congress, the Democratic governors warned that some conservative states might shortly criminalize abortion with out federal intervention.
“Overturning Roe will flip again the clock on reproductive well being, and Congress should instantly take motion to make sure that our nation doesn’t go backward and that the rights of all People to entry reproductive healthcare and abortion proceed to be protected,” the letter reads.