US Lawmakers Brace for Fight Over Abortion Rights
One of the nation's most contentious debates back in focus.
For those who support abortion rights, "I'm better than hell because an extremist, United States Supreme Court, five people,
think that they can dictate to tens of millions of women across this country.
The decisions that are our decisions about our lives. They think that they are wrong."
And for those who oppose abortion, "This means everything to us.
This is the moment we've been fighting for. We have seen these dead bodies.
We have seen what the mangled bodies of abortion victims."
Democratic lawmakers criticizing a draft opinion that revealed a majority of justices on the nation's Highest Court support ending the constitutional right to an abortion.
If the court reverses the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nearly 50 years ago,
Democrats say the move will have a broad impact.
Women's rights in America are under attack.
If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, it will be a direct assault on freedom, on the fundamental right, of self-determination to which all Americans are entitled.
But even with Harris's tie-breaking vote, narrowly giving Democrats control of the US Senate,
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer does not have the votes to pass legislation protecting the right to an abortion at the federal level.
But he said he would still hold that vote next week.
Every American is going to see which side every senator stands on.
The elections this November will have consequences because the rights of a hundred million women are now on the ballot to help fight this court's awful decision.
Overturning Roe v. Wade would put the issue center stage during upcoming midterm elections.
Nationally an average of 54 percent of Americans support legalized abortion.
Conservatives have worked for years to overturn Roe v. Wade.
And many supported former President Donald Trump because of his appointment of anti-abortion Supreme Court Justices.
The fight to defend life is in keeping.
With our highest ideals, our passion for justice, our dedication to human rights and our compassion for the innocent and the vulnerable,
I am grateful for all the Americans who have fought to make sure the right to life of vulnerable human beings is protected.
But Mitch Mcconnell cautioned the justices have not yet released their final opinion and should not be influenced by the release of the leaked draft.
The Court should tune out the bad faith noise and feel completely free to do their jobs.
They should follow the facts and the law wherever that leads.
The US Supreme Court is expected to issue a final opinion in the coming weeks. The decision in the draft opinion would result in
an almost immediate outline of abortion in 13 US states and clear the way for an additional 19 states to enforce laws banning the procedure.