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Bost, Bryant and Windhorst React to Leaked Supreme Court Opinion on Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C./MURPHYSBORO/METROPOLIS – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement after a confidential U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked indicating the justices are considering overturning Roe v. Wade:

“I am proudly pro-life. I believe the Supreme Court draft opinion is a necessary step forward in protecting innocent unborn lives. It empowers the American people to determine for themselves at the state level how to regulate abortion services, free from federal mandates.

“As pleased as I am with the draft opinion, I am equally concerned by the fact that this confidential draft was leaked to the media in the first place. I don’t see how it can be interpreted as anything but an attempt to subvert the will of the Court and intimidate justices into changing their decision. That’s a dangerous precedent and one that must be fully investigated.”

State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) released the following statement upon learning of the leaked first draft decision by the United States Supreme Court that would vacate the Roe. v. Wade decision of 1973.

“As a pro-life legislator, I am optimistic at the possibility of the United States Supreme Court vacating Roe v. Wade, giving the issue back to elected officials, where it belongs. I agree that the original decision was wrong from the beginning, and my heart breaks for the millions of lives ended by abortive procedures in the last 50 years. As a strong supporter of our independent court system, I am outraged that someone with a political motivation would disperse a draft, unconfirmed decision from the Supreme Court to the media to try to intimidate our Supreme Court Justices and stoke radical political elements into a frenzy in an attempt to change the court’s decision.

“The outrage on display by Illinois Democrats, led by Gov. JB Pritzker, is extremely rich and duplicitous. Illinois has laws on the books, passed by Democratic supermajorities and signed by our radical liberal Democratic governor, that would sadly ensure nothing would change in Illinois as a result of this possible decision. Illinois’ laws go even further than what Roe v. Wade required by allowing for taxpayer-funded and late-term abortions and removing parental notice on minor abortions.

“Democrats hold supermajorities in Illinois’ legislature, hold the House and Senate in Washington and control the Presidency. If they think abortion should be the law of the land in the United States, they should introduce a bill and get it passed and signed. That’s how this should work. That’s what the Supreme Court is saying in this draft decision that was leaked to create political pressure on the court. When Governor Pritzker wanted vaccine mandates for COVID-19, it was just fine to force the will of the court and the Executive branch on the people, but when the decision goes against what the campaign contributors at Planned Parenthood want, according to Democrats it is an outrage. Let’s not forget the fist-pounding, red-faced reactions displayed by far-left liberal Illinois Democrats today. Instead of respecting the sanctity of life, they’ve made this issue 100 percent political in an attempt to shift the attention of Illinoisans and Americans away from their failed policies on a host of issues that impact working families and simply a way for them to justify any new attempts to pass even more radical legislation here in Illinois.”

State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) released the following statement upon learning of the leaked first draft opinion by the United States Supreme Court that would overturn the Roe. v. Wade decision of 1973 and the Casey v. Planned Parenthood decision on 1992.

“As a pro-life legislator, I rejoice at the possibility presented by the apparent coming decision by the United States Supreme Court that would overturn the wrongly-decided cases of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood. As Justice Alito reportedly wrote, the decision in Roe was wrong from the beginning.

If the Supreme Court indeed goes through with reversing Roe and Casey, the light of life can shine more brightly throughout our country. Let’s be clear about what the decision would mean. This decision itself would not outlaw abortion, but would rather allow each state to make its own laws in regard to abortion. It would, as Justice Alito reportedly wrote, “heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

I am deeply concerned that someone with a clear political motivation would leak an unpublished, unconfirmed decision from the Supreme Court in an apparent attempt to intimidate justices or to sway the court.

So many lives have been ended by abortion procedures in the last 50 years. I pray for the lives lost and affected by abortion, and joyfully celebrate that unborn children may soon have the protection that has not been afforded to them since this decision was first made.”