On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris lashed out at the Supreme Court over a draft opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.
It was revealed on Monday that Politico had gotten a draft decision. President Roberts confirmed the validity of the draft decision on Tuesday, saying it was not final and that he had given instructions to the Supreme Court Marshal to find out who leaked it.
Roe guarantees a woman’s freedom to have an abortion, said Harris, the first female vice president. It also safeguards the fundamental right to privacy at its heart. Opponents of Roe want to punish women and take away their rights to make decisions about their bodies. Republicans in state legislatures around the country are using the law as a weapon to oppress women.
Then Harris went on: “The rights of all Americans are under jeopardy. It is possible that the government will have more influence over your personal decisions if your right to privacy is curtailed. Now is the time to put everything we have into the battle for equality for women and our country.”
“A wide variety of rights are in dispute,” Biden said on Tuesday when asked if the judgment had been finalized.
She will return to her duties as Vice President of the United States on Tuesday, after testing negative for the COVID-19. An appearance at a pro-choice convention is her first scheduled appearance on Tuesday night.
Harris is scheduled to make her first public appearance since contracting COVID at the 30th Annual We Are EMILY National Conference and Gala in New York City. Event follows a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that its imminent judgment on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. As a result of Roe v. Wade, abortion became legal in all 50 states in 1973.
Reproductive freedom and democracy are two issues that will be addressed at this year’s conference, which will be highlighted on the organization’s website.
On the event’s Facebook page, the organizers stated that they hope to “place more Democratic pro-choice women in office for years to come.”
Politico received the leaked opinion, which was widely disseminated and sparked substantial debate, although it isn’t clear whether Biden plans to respond.
According to the draft opinion, dated February 10, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the outset.”
A Bush appointee, Justice Samuel Alito, wrote the ruling, which holds that women do not have a constitutional right to abortion services, opening the door for states to control or outlaw the procedure in some cases.