San Diego elected officials largely condemn Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade
Elected leaders in San Diego County largely condemned Friday's ruling overturning the federal abortion protections of Roe v. Wade, which puts abortion policy at the discretion of states, many that have restricted and outlawed the procedure in recent months.
The opinion written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. is similar to a draft that was leaked to Politico in May.
"We hold that Roe and (the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs.) Casey must be overruled," Alito wrote. "The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment."
Nathan Fletcher, chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, said, "This decision will create uncertainty where there was clarity. We must use this tremendous setback as motivation. It's time to fight forward."
The opinion by Alito was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. concurred, but did not join the majority opinion. He said he would have upheld a Mississippi 15-week ban on abortion but would have not overturned Roe v. Wade.
"The court's decision to overrule Roe and Casey is a serious jolt to the legal system," Roberts wrote.
Justice Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.
"Today, the court ... says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of," their dissent read. "A state can force her to bring a pregnancy to term, even at the steepest personal and familial costs."