'Whole range of rights could now be at risk' if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Biden says; Obamas rip draft opinion: Live updates

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Tuesday that a “whole range of rights” beyond abortion are in question if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

“It’s really quite a radical decision,” Biden said in his first public comments about a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion indicating the high court may be on the cusp of upending the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. “It’s a fundamental shift in American jurisprudence.”

Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control.

“Every other decision based on the notion of privacy is thrown into question,” Biden told reporters before flying to Alabama to tour a defense production facility. He said Roe v. Wade decided that the moment of conception is an open question, adding that any decision that makes a judgment on that question “goes way overboard.”

Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights. He declined to say whether he would support changing Senate rules so legislation codifying the right to abortion could not be blocked by a filibuster.

Demonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022.

Roberts verifies leaked draft report is authentic, launches investigation

The Supreme Court on Tuesday verified that a leaked draft opinion published by Politico in the most important abortion case in decades was an authentic document but pushed back on the notion that it represented the final decision of the court.

In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak “a singular and egregious breach” of trust and said he had launched an investigation into who was responsible.



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