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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasts Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell in statement condemning SCOTUS draft on Roe v. Wade
Top US House Democrat Nancy Pelosi issued a statement this week, slamming the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade. In her statement, Pelosi blasted former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in their move to create a conservative-majority court.
Pelosi issued a statement Tuesday slamming the draft Supreme Court opinion that would potentially overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights.
The high court confirmed the authenticity of the draft which is expected to be released by the end of the court’s term in June. The Supreme Court also said that a final decision has yet to be made, but the draft has regardless sparked public outrage.
Pelosi also said that striking down Roe v. Wade would become the foundation of which Republicans could strike down even more freedoms. Pelosi described the argument made by Justice Samuel Alito – who authored the draft – as “alarming” and “extremist.”
“The monstrous draft decision is a sweeping and severe restriction of Americans’ rights. With it, Trump, McConnell, and Republicans in Congress have assaulted privacy, precedent, and the Constitution,” wrote the top congressional Democrat.
“As drafted, Justice Alito’s argument – that women are not entitled to basic rights today because they have been denied those rights for generations – is alarming and extremist,” said Pelosi. “This draft ruling offers a dangerous blueprint for future assaults on some of our most cherished rights, which are rooted in the long-held Constitutional right to privacy.”
The Supreme Court is currently looking into a law in Mississippi that would potentially ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
In other related news, Pelosi led a congressional delegation to Ukraine in an unannounced visit over the weekend. Pelosi – who is now the highest-ranking US official to visit Kyiv since the start of the war – met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support.
In a press conference shortly afterward, Zelenskyy said that the meeting with Pelosi was “substantive” and “multifaceted” regarding the military aid and the financial assistance the US was sending to Ukraine in the midst of the war. Zelenskyy also thanked the US for its revival of the World War II-era Lend and Lease program that will allow Washington to lend or lease arms to Ukraine as it continues its resistance against Russia.