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Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

By: - May 3, 2022 11:45 am

President Joe Biden speaks from Carnegie Mellon University’s Mill 19 facility in Pittsburgh Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (Screen Capture).

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District, echoed that sentiment.

“The draft Supreme Court opinion should alarm every American who, like me, believes in the right to choose and opposes forced pregnancy, which would have a disproportionate impact on  Black and Brown women. I voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act when it passed the House last September. That was over seven months ago – it’s time for the Senate to hear the voices of tens of millions of American women and allies who support reproductive freedom – and act.” Evans said.

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Ariana Figueroa
Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.