Senator Markey Statement on Leaked Supreme Court Draft Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade

Press Release

Date: May 2, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Abortion

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement after reports that the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn the right to abortion.

"Tonight, the American people got a sneak preview of what a stolen, illegitimate, and far-right Supreme Court majority appears poised to do: destroy the right to abortion. This decision would undermine the health, safety, and freedom of millions of Americans, and it will be made at the hands of justices who Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans foisted on the bench into stolen seats.

Conservatives on the court swore to respect the doctrine of stare decisis, a promise they now appear to be violating. This egregious and overtly political act by these justices cannot go unanswered.

There is no other recourse. We must abolish the filibuster in order to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, and we must expand the Supreme Court in order to reclaim the stolen seats, and restore balance and the faith of the American people. Tonight, I ask my colleagues in the Senate what other judicial outrage must we endure from the illegitimate majority on the Court before we act."