WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Supreme Court could be coming for other rights other than abortion, warned New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
- A recent leak revealed that the justices have been planning to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legally protects the right to abortion.
- Ocasio-Cortez said that the high court could be “coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on which includes gay marriage + civil rights.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) emphasized the importance of codifying Roe v. Wade on Monday, warning that the Supreme Court “isn’t just coming for abortion” but other rights as well.
According to a Politico report on Monday night, a leaked draft opinion revealed that the Supreme Court is planning to overturn the landmark Roe case, which made abortion a constitutional right nationwide. The draft was penned by Justice Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush appointee.
Alito concluded that Roe and a subsequent case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, had no constitutional basis.
The opinion was dissected by Slate reporter Mark Joseph Stern, who wrote, “Alito’s draft opinion explicitly criticizes Lawrence v. Texas (legalizing sodomy) and Obergefell v. Hodges (legalizing same-sex marriage). He says that, like abortion, these decisions protect phony rights that are not ‘deeply rooted in history.’”
The congresswoman wrote on Twitter, “As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion — they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on which includes gay marriage + civil rights.”
Ocasio-Cortez also called out Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, saying, “Manchin is blocking Congress codifying Roe. House has seemingly forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These 2 points must change.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) expressed his belief that the Senate may need to end the filibuster so they can codify Roe v. Wade into law. Ending the filibuster in the upper chamber has been previously opposed by Manchin, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
Thomas faced criticism in late March after reports alleged that his wife aggressively led attempts to overturn the 2020 election in favor of former President Trump.