Cantwell Statement on Reported Draft Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement in response to reports of a leaked draft majority opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, signaling the Supreme Court of the United States will soon overturn Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade.

“Overturning a woman's right to privacy and reproductive health after 50 years of case law makes clear the far right’s agenda: get Supreme Court justices who will testify at confirmation hearings that Roe v. Wade is settled law, but now vote to overturn it. 

“Women's lives and their health care are not political footballs. The right to privacy exists within our Constitution and must be defended.

“If the reporting about the draft opinion is true, America is on the path to returning to a dangerous time.

“The State of Washington has codified these rights. We must now do that for the rest of the country.”