Montana’s congressional Republicans praised the likely end of abortion rights under the 14th Amendment on Tuesday following a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion.
The state’s only statewide elected Democrat, Sen. Jon Tester, said the ruling would have devastating consequences for women.
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, the Montana Republican who founded the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, said the draft ruling indicates the end of “an historic injustice.” He issued a call to capture the person who leaked the ruling, saying the leak was an attempt to intimidate the court. Rep. Matt Rosendale echoed the sentiment.
“With that said, if the draft opinion stands, the Court will have righted an historic injustice and returned the power to the American people and their elected officials to enact laws to protect unborn children and mothers,” Daines said in a press release. He later discussed how Congress was likely to respond should the opinion bear out.
The opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito Jr., was published Monday night by Politico, which indicated five out of nine justices supported overturning the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which recognized the 14th Amendment as securing a woman’s privacy right to choose an abortion.
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