President Joe Biden said a leaked draft opinion striking down federal abortion rights could prompt legal changes that threaten the rights of gay and transgender children in schools.
The leaked opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, drafted by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, could endanger other liberal precedents, Biden said.
“What happens if you have changes in the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can't be in classrooms with other children?” Biden asked during a Q&A session with reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “Is that legit under the way the decision is written?”
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Biden said the opinion reminded him of the debate over the right to privacy when, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he sank the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork. He pointed to the back and forth over a law that banned the use of contraceptives, a decision that focused public attention on the Bork hearings.
“Griswold was thought to be a bad decision by Bork and my guess is the guys on the Supreme Court now,” Biden said.
The president tore into so-called “MAGA” Republicans in his remarks Wednesday, attempting to draw a contrast with his administration on abortion rights, the economy, and public spending.
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“What are the next things that are going to be attacked?” he said. “Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in American history, in recent American history.”