MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Frankel Statement on Draft Roe v. Wade Opinion


Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21)

Rep. Frankel Statement on Draft Roe v. Wade Opinion

Washington, May 3, 2022

West Palm Beach, FL – Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) released the following statement after a draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, jeopardizing reproductive freedom for millions of Americans, leaked to the press.

“First thing’s first, abortion is still legal, and this leak doesn’t change that yet,” said Rep. Frankel. “However, if this rumor is true, this is devastating news for our country. This draft Supreme Court opinion would allow politicians to take control over an individual’s reproductive freedom and deny them access to health care—it’s horrendous. The decision of whether and when to become a parent should be made by the person who is pregnant, not by their Governor or anyone else.”

A draft Supreme Court opinion by Associate Justice Samuel Alito was leaked this evening that would overturn decades of precedent by striking down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. If true, the right to abortion care, which is still currently legal under federal law, would be undermined in dozens of states.

Last year, the House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which Rep. Frankel co-led, to ensure that abortion access is protected regardless of a harmful judicial opinion like this. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to advance this measure.