‘MAGA is the most extreme political organization in American history’: Biden warns of Republicans’ ‘ultra MAGA agenda’ and suggests they’ll ban LGBT children from classrooms if Roe v. Wade is overturned
- Biden warned that after Roe v. Wade was struck down, conservatives might try to ban LGBTQ kids from classrooms
- He signaled they might even reverse Griswold v. Connecticut , a case that struck down a state law banning the use of contraceptives by married couples
- ‘This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history. Recent American history,’ Biden said
- On Monday night a Supreme Court opinion leaked showing that a majority of justices were in agreement to overturn Roe v. Wade
President Joe Biden called the ‘MAGA crowd’ the ‘most extreme political organization in American history’ in a full-throated attack on Republicans and their ‘ultra-MAGA’ agenda in a speech from the White House on Wednesday.
He also warned that the GOP could ban LGBT children from classrooms if Roe v. Wade is overturned and signaled they could even reverse the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut case that struck down a state law banning the use of contraceptives by married couples.
It was a ramp-up in rhetoric from Biden following the Supreme Court leak that caused a firestorm and protests across the country and a further condemnation of Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill that bans teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity before third grade.
‘What happens if you have state changes the law saying that that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children? Is that is that legit under the way this decision is written?’ Biden questioned, referencing a Florida law that bans teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity before third grade.
‘What are the next things that are going to be attack? Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history. Recent American history.’
‘I believe I have the rights that I have not because the government gave them to me…but because I’m just a child of God. I exist,’ Biden added.
The president’s fiery attack on Republicans came just after Trump-backed Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance won the Ohio GOP Senate primary, in a test on former President Trump’s hold over the Republican Party.
On Monday night a bombshell Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked showing that a majority of justices were in agreement to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in all states, and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, which upheld abortion rights.
‘What happens if you have state changes the law saying that that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children? Is that is that legit under the way this decision is written?’ Biden questioned
Without the Roe precedent, 26 states are likely to ban all or most abortions, according to pro-choice policy group Guttmacher Institute.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Republicans ‘are at war with Mickey Mouse, they’re against allowing women to make choices about their own healthcare, [and] against lowering the cost of prescription drugs.’
On Tuesday Biden said that the Supreme Court decision could even affect gay marriage or other laws that relied on a right to privacy.
The president said in a statement it could regulate all the decisions in an American’s private life such as ‘who you marry, whether or not you decide to conceive a child or not, whether or not you can have a abortion, a range of other decisions.’
Biden also touted that his administration reduced the deficit by $350 billion in his first year in office and was on track to reduce it by $1.5 trillion during his second year in office. He noted that the government will pay down the national debt this quarter for the first time in six years.
Biden called MAGA Republicans, a coin termed by former President Trump which stands for ‘Make America Great Again,’ the ‘most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history’
‘All the talk about the deficit from my Republican friends. I love it. I reduced it,’ Biden said.
‘I don’t want to hear Republicans talking about deficits and their ultra MAGA agenda. I want to hear about fairness, I want to hear about decency, honor, about helping ordinary people.’
Biden has placed renewed emphasis on deficit reduction ahead of the midterm elections as 40-year-high inflation weighs down Democrats. Critics note that while Biden is on track for deficit reductions, most of the $5 trillion Covid relief was doled out during 2020 and 2021, a time when economic activity and tax revenue sunk due to the pandemic.
Biden then took aim at Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s ‘Plan to Rescue America,’ the Republican Senatorial Campaign chair’s midterm agenda.
‘All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount. Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax,’ the plan says.
‘Senator Rick Scott of Florida, United States Senator who’s leading the Republican National Senatorial Campaign Committee, released what he calls the ultra MAGA agenda. It’s a MAGA agenda alright. Let me tell you about this ultra MAGA agenda, it’s as extreme as most MAGA things are, it will actually raise taxes on 75 million American families, over 95% of whom make less than $100,000 a year,’ Biden said.
California, New York and New Jersey vow to protect abortion rights and say they’ll welcome pregnant women ‘with open arms’ from 26 states where it might become banned in wake of SCOTUS leak
Democratic governors are rushing to reassure the public that abortion would always be legal in their states in light of the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion that suggests the court is poised to strike down Roe v. Wade.
The bombshell Supreme Court draft has not been confirmed yet but if it is, it paves the way for states to make their own rules on abortion.
Twenty-six Republican-led states are likely to either ban abortion entirely or place heavy restrictions in place if it is confirmed. Some, like Texas and Mississippi, have already all but banned abortions.
SCOTUS is rushing to find the leak and Republicans are fuming that it was intended to create the furor that it has and hopefully sway the court against confirming it.
President Biden has vowed to sign the right to abortion into law if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
In the meantime, Democratic Governors are rushing to promise that no matter what the Supreme Court does, they will always allow abortion in their states.
California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted that he would enshrine the right to abortion in the California constitution.
‘California will not stand by idly as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased. We will fight.
‘California is proposing an amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state.
‘We know we can’t trust the Supreme Court to protect our reproductive rights, so California will build a firewall around this right in our state constitution.
‘Women will remain protected here.’
Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, tweeted: ‘I refuse to let my new granddaughter have to fight for the rights that generations have fought for & won, rights that she should be guaranteed.
‘For anyone who needs access to care, our state will welcome you with open arms.
‘Abortion will always be safe & accessible in New York.
‘New York will always be a place where abortion rights are protected.
‘Just as the Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp tall in our harbor, New York will never stop fighting for what’s right — unafraid and undeterred.’
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said: ‘A truly dark day in America with the news reports that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
‘This year, I signed the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act – codifying a woman’s right to choose into state law. New Jersey will not go backwards on reproductive rights.
‘I want to assure every New Jerseyan that today’s news about the Supreme Court does not change access to abortion in our state. Access to reproductive health care remains available to anyone who needs it in New Jersey.’
At least 22 states have laws on the books that would come into effect once the decision is officially adopted.
The organization also identified four more states that it expects to pass new abortion bans in the near future, marking a total of 26 states that appear set to ban the procedures
The 18 states that have near-total bans on abortion already on the books are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In addition, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and South Carolina all have laws that ban abortions after the six-week mark.
At the time of writing, those six-week bans have been ruled unconstitutional.
Florida, Indiana, Montana and Nebraska, are likely to pass bills when Roe v Wade is overturned.
Florida already has a 15-week abortion ban that will go into effect in July 2022.
The law does not make any exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
‘There is an exception if the health of the patient is in danger.
In signing the law into effect, Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement, ‘Life is a sacred gift worthy of our protection, and I am proud to sign this great piece of legislation which represents the most significant protections for life in the state’s modern history.’
Republicans however say the far left is trying to railroad the Supreme Court, the highest in the country.
On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell urged SCOTUS to ‘tune out the noise’ with its decision and carry on deliberating the issue.
GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah said whoever leaked the explosive memo ‘needs to be brought to justice’ in an interview on Fox News soon after the report.
‘This entire kerfuffle has been brought about as a result of an unscrupulous person trying to subvert 235 years of tradition, trying to subvert the way the Supreme Court operates,’ Lee said.
He also released a statement on Monday night calling the decision ‘well-reasoned’ but further panned the leak as ‘dangerous, despicable, and damaging.’
The Utah conservative is on a Senate subcommittee that will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on Monday about ‘transparency and accountability for 21st century courts.’
‘Imagine your family of four and you don’t pay you don’t make enough money to have federal taxes … under this new plan, this tax plan the ultra MAGA agenda, while big corporations and billionaires are going to pay nothing more, the working class folk are going to pay hell a lot more.’
The bill also calls for all federal legislation to sunset after five years, meaning Congress would have to reauthorize programs at that point.
‘This extreme Republican agenda calls for Congress -this is I’m not making this up either …. The Congress would have to vote to reinstate or eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Social Security.’
GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has already shot down that idea. ‘We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years,’ he said.
The Supreme Court’s draft Roe opinion set off a slew of angry protests outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in New York City and Los Angeles.
In LA, Department of Homeland Security agents clashed with a crowd of pro-choice activists who took to the streets to express outrage over the draft Roe decision.
They were filmed aggressively driving up to a crowd of dozens of enraged activists which had blocked off streets with their protest in an ‘unlawful assembly’ and shoving them backwards in the face of their fury.
A lone DHS agent was quickly surrounded by screaming protestors – one waving a Soviet Union flag – as he used a baton to ward them off and continually shouted: ‘back up!’
He could then be seen shoving a woman as she approached him, saying: ‘You don’t do that, you understand me? Back up.’
But the protestors swarmed him, shouting at him to ‘get the f*** out of here’ until he received support from another armed DHS agent.
LOS ANGELES: The agents then got out of the vehicles and told swarming protesters repeatedly to ‘back up’
LOS ANGELES: A Department of Homeland Security vehicle was filmed driving into a crowd of abortion rights protesters in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night
Politico reported that five of the nine justices had given their preliminary opinion to overturn Roe. Chief Justice John Roberts, the court’s moderate conservative, wanted to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion law, the case at issue in the Roe decision, but did not want to overturn Roe, according to reports.
‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,’ Justice Samuel Alito writes in the opinion, which was reportedly circulated among the court members. ‘We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,’ he continues in the document, titled ‘Opinion of the Court.’
‘It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.’
NEW YORK: Thousands of protesters gathered at the Foley Square in New York City on Tuesday
NEW YORK: An aerial view showed the size of the crowd in Manhattan who showed up to protest a draft decision by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade: Which US states could make abortion illegal if landmark 1973 law is overturned… and what would it mean for women in America? Vital Q&A on looming Supreme Court decision
The Supreme Court is poised to strike down the right to abortion in the United States, according to a bombshell leaked draft of a majority opinion that suggests it may be poised to overturn the famous Roe v. Wade ruling.
The 98-page draft revealed by Politico calls the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision – which held that access to abortion in the US is a constitutional right – ‘egregiously wrong from the start’.
Abortion rights have been under threat in recent months as Republican-led states move to tighten rules – with some seeking to ban all abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.
These include Arizona, where the Republican Governor in March signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy; and Idaho where the governor signed a six-week abortion ban that allows family members of the foetus to sue providers who perform abortions past that point, similar to a Texas law enacted last year.
The draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito and has been circulating inside the conservative-dominated court since February. The leak of a draft opinion while a case is still pending is an extraordinary breach.
The court is expected to rule on the case before its term is up in late June or early July. Here, DailyMail.com looks at what the latest developments mean – and the history of abortion laws in the US:
WHAT IS ROE V. WADE?
The Roe v. Wade decision nearly 50 years ago recognised that the right to personal privacy under the US Constitution protects a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decided that the constitutional right to privacy applied to abortion.
Roe was ‘Jane Roe,’ a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey, a single mother pregnant for the third time, who wanted an abortion.
She sued the Dallas attorney general Henry Wade over a Texas law that made it a crime to terminate a pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life was in danger.
Roe’s lawyers said she was unable to travel out of the state to obtain an abortion and argued that the law was too vague and infringed on her constitutional rights.
Filing a complaint alongside her was Texas doctor James Hallford, who argued the law’s medical provision was vague, and that he was unable to reliably determine which of his patients fell into the allowed category.
The ‘Does’, another couple who were childless, also filed a companion complaint, saying that medical risks made it unsafe but not life-threatening for the wife to carry a pregnancy to term, and arguing they should be able to obtain a safe, legal abortion should she become pregnant.
The trio of complaints – from a woman who wanted an abortion, a doctor who wanted to perform them and a non-pregnant woman who wanted the right if the need arose – ultimately reached the nation’s top court.
The court heard arguments twice, and then waited until after Republican president Richard Nixon’s re-election, in November 1972.
Only the following January did it offer its historic seven-to-two decision – overturning the Texas laws and setting a legal precedent that has had ramifications in all 50 states.
WHAT HAS THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED NOW?
The Supreme Court has not decided anything yet, but a draft opinion reportedly circulated among court justices suggests that it may be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
A document labelled ‘Opinion of the Court’ shows a majority of the court’s justices earlier this year threw support behind overturning the 1973 case that legalised abortion across the country.
According to Politico – who published the ‘leaked document’ – the draft opinion shows the court voted to strike down the landmark case. However, it is unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter.
The paper was labelled ‘1st Draft’ of the ‘Opinion of the Court’ and was said to be referring to a case challenging Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks – a case known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation.
The Supreme Court has yet to issue a ruling in the case, and opinions – and even justices’ votes – have been known to change during the drafting process.
The court is expected to rule on the case before its term is up in late June or early July.
The draft is signed by Justice Samuel Alito, a member of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority, who was appointed by former President George W Bush.
‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,’ the draft opinion states.
It in effect states there is no constitutional right to abortion services and would allow individual states to more heavily regulate or outright ban the procedure.
HAVE THERE BEEN OTHER RULINGS SINCE 1973?
On the same day as the Roe v. Wade decision, the justices also ruled in the separate ‘Doe v. Bolton’ case, which authorised each state to add restrictions to abortion rights for later-term pregnancies.
The constitutional right to abortion was later confirmed in a number of decisions, including ‘Webster v. Reproductive Health Services’ in 1989 and ‘Planned Parenthood v. Casey’ in 1992.
In the latter, the court guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion until the foetus is viable outside the womb, which is typically around 22 to 24 weeks of gestation.
The Planned Parenthood v Casey ruling also affirmed Roe’s finding of a constitutional right to abortion services, but allowed states to place some constraints on the practice.
WHICH STATES COULD MAKE ABORTION ILLEGAL IF ROE V. WADE IS OVERTURNED?
If Roe is overturned, abortion is likely to remain legal in liberal states. More than a dozen states currently have laws protecting abortion rights.
Numerous Republican-led states have passed various abortion restrictions in defiance of the Roe precedent in recent years.
Republicans could try to enact a nationwide abortion ban, while Democrats could also seek to protect abortion rights at the national level.
Twenty-six states are certain or likely to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to the pro-abortion rights think tank the Guttmacher Institute.
Of those, 22 states already have total or near-total bans on the books that are currently blocked by Roe, aside from Texas.=
The state’s law banning it after six weeks has already been allowed to go into effect by the Supreme Court due to its unusual civil enforcement structure. Four more states are considered likely to quickly pass bans if Roe is overturned.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia, meanwhile, have protected access to abortion in state law.
This year, anticipating a decision overturning or gutting Roe, eight conservative states have already moved to restrict abortion rights.
Oklahoma, for example, passed several bills in recent weeks, including one that goes into effect this summer making it a felony to perform an abortion.
CAN WOMEN GET AN ABORTION IN A DIFFERENT STATE?
Yes – the variation in abortion laws around America already means that some women have to travel to a different state to access a procedure.
For example in Texas – which has passed a law banning almost all abortions in the state – an average of 1,400 women from the state travelling each month between September and December 2021 and sought out procedures at 34 facilities in other states such as Louisiana and Kansas.
Research by the University of Texas established that more than a quarter of Texans seeking an abortion (27 per cent) went to obtain the procedure in New Mexico, a state which has seven facilities.
WHAT WOULD ROE V. WADE BEING OVERTURNED MEAN FOR WOMEN?
Abortion would not become illegal everywhere in the US if Roe v. Wade is overturned, with individual states still able to choose whether and when they would be permitted.
As it stands, abortion is legal in every state – but with varying restrictions.
Abortion would likely become illegal in about half of the states in the US if the ruling is overturned – with 24 states expected to ban abortion if they are able to do so.
These are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.