Here’s what some Arizona politicians are saying about leaked Roe v. Wade draft opinion
May 3, 2022, 12:00 PM | Updated: 7:24 pm
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
PHOENIX – Politicians in Arizona reacted to news of a leaked draft opinion that suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to overturn the case that legalized abortion nationwide.
Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft Tuesday and said he had ordered an investigation into what he called an “egregious breach of trust.”
Democrats in Arizona showed support for the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, while Republicans were heartened by the draft’s opinion.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, said in a tweet, “Overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and wellbeing of women in Arizona and across America.”
Statement on Draft Supreme Court Opinion pic.twitter.com/3GYIF3YnM7
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) May 3, 2022
Fellow Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly said, “If this draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe is true, it’s an enormous step backwards for our country.”
If this draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe is true, it’s an enormous step backwards for our country.
Women should have the right to make their own choices about abortion and when to start a family.
I’ll do everything I can to protect that right.
— Senator Mark Kelly (@SenMarkKelly) May 3, 2022
Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs said in a statement, “The justices are making the correct and much-needed decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade. … I expect these justice to finalize these efforts to protect millions of precious and innocent lives.”
My thoughts regarding the SCOTUS leak. pic.twitter.com/F0oRIiFwFi
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 3, 2022
Fellow Republican House member Paul Gosar called Roe v. Wade “egregiously immoral.”
Pray that Roe v Wade, an egregiously immoral and unconstitutional decision, is overturned.
Pray for the unborn.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) May 3, 2022
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said in a tweet, “While we don’t know what the Court’s final opinion will be, we do know that women have had the right to control their own reproductive choices for almost 50 years.”
While we don’t know what the Court’s final opinion will be, we do know that women have had the right to control their own reproductive choices for almost 50 years.
Republicans will strip those rights away if given the chance. Extremism is their new normal. https://t.co/8pdjwnteHu
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) May 3, 2022
Arizona gubernatorial candidates also weighed in:
Democrat Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, said in a tweet the move was expected and “marks a historic setback in the fight for our fundamental rights across the country.”
The Supreme Court may have turned its back on women, but I never will. pic.twitter.com/8oZko5NDdM
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) May 3, 2022
— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@KariLake) May 3, 2022
Marco Lopez said anyone should have the right to safely access abortion services and that the draft opinion underscores the importance for the next Arizona governor and legislature to enshrine that right into the state’s constitution.
Anyone should have the right to safely access abortion services. Period. This underscores how important it is that our next governor and state legislature work together to enshrine this right into our state constitution so that all Arizonans are able to safely access abortions. https://t.co/v1m4v1Qoi1
— Marco Lopez 🇺🇸 (@1marcolopez) May 3, 2022
Republican Matt Salmon, who served in the U.S. House, said in a press release, “The opinion being circulated is marked as a ‘draft’ for a reason. However, if this draft opinion is any indication, the U.S. Supreme Court appears primed to save countless babies’ lives by delivering what pro-life Americans have been dreaming about for decades – and I am incredibly grateful.”
The draft was made public Monday by the news outlet Politico.