US: Joe Biden blasts leaked Supreme Court's abortion draft ruling

Voters must defend ‘fundamental’ abortion rights, says the President



US President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP
US President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP

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Published: Tue 3 May 2022, 6:22 PM

Last updated: Tue 3 May 2022, 6:26 PM

US President Biden said on Tuesday he does not know whether a leaked Supreme Court draft decision overturning a constitutional right to abortion is genuine or final, but his administration is ready to protect abortion rights when a ruling is issued.

Biden says the “basic fairness and the stability of our law demand” that the U.S. Supreme Court not overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case.

In a statement Tuesday, Biden said he would work to codify the right to abortion into federal law, reports AP.

“I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental,” said the statement, adding that if the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalising abortion is overturned, elected officials will need to protect a woman’s right to choose and voters should elect abortion rights candidates in November.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the authenticity of the draft opinion, which was posted by Politico late on Monday. The Supreme Court declined to comment.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” conservative Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft opinion dated Feb. 10, according to a copy Politico posted to its website.

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Based on Alito’s opinion, the court would find that the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed abortions performed before a fetus would be viable outside the womb - between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy - was wrongly decided because the U.S. Constitution makes no specific mention of abortion rights.


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