Local Congressional members weigh in on SCOTUS document leak
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a POLITICO report releasing a draft decision from the Supreme Court justices overturning Roe v. Wade, which legalizes abortion, protesters on both sides of the issue are speaking out as well as our congressional members.
“If that’s going to be the decision, it's going to be a huge step forward to protecting life, which should be the most important thing we do as people elected to office to protect life,” said Rep. Fred Keller (R- PA). “The other thing I would say is the way it was leaked and the fact that it was leaked is disappointing and I think it erodes trust and faith in our institutions.”
Some worry how the leak itself will impact the court’s process.
“It also has a significant potential consequence to that forum that needs to be protected in the Supreme Court,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R- NY). “The exchange of ideas, the exchange of arguments, the exchange freely of legal principles and I think this is potentially going to have a chilling effect on that forum.”
Regardless if you’re for or against abortion, congressman Mike Kelly (R- PA) said that kind of decision should not be left for the court to decide.
“Let’s put it back to the states,” said Kelly. “Let the states determine through consultation with the people they represent of the state; of Pennsylvania, Ohio or whomever it may be, I think that makes sense and that’s the level it should’ve been handled at the first place. My opinion, my opinion.”
Now some democratic members are taking this moment to push for legalizing abortion through legislation.
“We will vote to protect a woman’s right to choose and every American is going to see which side every senator stands on it,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D- NY).
Our congressional members are also encouraging the Supreme Court to investigate who leaked this draft document and how it was released. The Supreme Court’s Chief Justice confirmed the authenticity of the draft document but they stressed that this isn’t the court’s final decision.