Protesters crowd around Supreme Court following release of draft decision overruling Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As word spread across the nation about the Supreme Court’s draft decision on overturning a ruling that legalizes abortion, crowds of people on both sides of this issue gathered at the Supreme Court.
In last night’s bombshell report from POLITICO, which released a draft decision from the Supreme Court, over ruling Roe v. Wade, a decision that has legalized abortions for nearly 50 years, people on both sides of this issue crowded around the Supreme Court.
“Ever since I landed last night we’ve been protesting non-stop,” said pro-life activist Kristin Turner. “I didn’t sleep, I protested here until two in the morning, went home to get some food and came back and protested this morning.”
Many holding signs sharing their thoughts on the pro-life or pro-choice side and sometimes tensions would flare up and words between the two movements would be exchanged.
The Supreme Court confirmed the authenticity of the document released but stressed that the draft does not represent the final decision of the court. Even so, people on both sides of this issue are speaking out.
“Every life matters from conception to natural death,” said pro-life activist Kathleen De Marcellus.
“A woman should have rights over their own body it’s just as simple as that,” said pro-choice activist Dr. Margaret Moerchen.
This leaked document is also stirring up emotions in the Capitol. Many republicans including Erie's Congressman Mike Kelly said if this decision becomes final, it’s a huge win for the pro-life movement. Many democrats are now looking at other ways to legalize abortion.
“It is our intention for the senate to hold a vote on legislation to codify the right to an abortion in law,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D- NY).
There was a senate democratic press conference supporting access to abortion and pushing to pass a law that will legalize abortions in the U.S. Democratic Senator Bob Casey (D- PA) was not there but he released a statement on this:
“If this draft opinion becomes the final opinion of the Court, I have serious concerns about what overturning almost 50 years of legal precedent will mean for women in states passing near or total bans on abortion. Congress should be working to reduce the number of abortions and unintended pregnancies and doing much more to support women and families.”
He did not mention that Congress should or should not legalize abortion.