Interestingly, President Joe Biden, who has been conspicuously kept away from the press and situations where he can speak his mind without cue cards, was perfectly clear today in his renunciation of the leaked Supreme Court’s opinion indicating it intends to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
Clear in his contempt for the potential ruling, Biden exclaimed: “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.”
For context: Today’s polished statement is a far cry from what we have heard since Biden took office in 2021. Here is a sample response to a question while on the campaign trail. Speaking of himself in the third person, Biden said:
“And so I was saying that, and what they turned around and said, Joe Biden said, in effect, they said, that Joe Biden said that what he was told, that what, that what the white supremacists argue, that we have no problem, that our, our, our basic English jurisprudential system is not the problem. The problem is those countries like Africa and Asia and those places, they’re the reason why we have all these problems. So they turn it around to make it sound like that, and by the way, the title of the article is, was, is the Washington Post ‘The Deceptively (indecipherable) of Joe Biden Singles, Signals What Is Coming’ and that is that’s a whole bunch of lies.”
Biden’s mental fitness is in question, but today he was clear—though not always articulate. He left no doubt he believes the Court is an existential threat to our country.
Today the president referred to the Court’s “opinion” as a “radical decision,” argued that abortion was a “fundamental right” and expressed concern that reversing Roe v. Wade would somehow be a breach of a woman’s “right to privacy.”
“One of the issues [of] this Court,” Biden said, “[is that] many members of the Court, have not acknowledged… there is a right to privacy in the Constitution. If this decision holds, it really is a radical decision. All of the decisions make in private life, who you marry, whether you can have an abortion, how you raise your child… it is a fundamental shift.”
Biden added: “Look, the idea, it concerns me, that we’re gonna, after 50 years, decide a woman does not have the right to choose, number one. But, equally as profound is the rationale, and it remained the every other decision in the notion of privacy is brought into question.”
Early Tuesday, Biden issued a statement noting that his administration has argued in defense of Roe v. Wade before the Court, saying it is “based on a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.'”
Biden went on to say that if the Supreme Court “does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose.”
The president added: “And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”
A previous Resist The Mainstream report notes that a 98-page Supreme Court document profiling their “opinion” to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico. Within hours, political leaders in both parties have voiced both outrage and praise.
Many claim the leaked document, statements from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the pontifications of the president are designed to undermine, sway, and intimidate the Court.
Fox News, however, reports that Chief Justice John Roberts addressed this concern, saying:
“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” Roberts said. “The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”
“We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court.”
Roberts added that “This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here,” and that he has “directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.”
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