Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

Idaho Dems say U.S. Supreme Court’s possible ruling would eliminate abortion access in the state completely

By: - May 3, 2022 2:04 pm
protesters congregate at the U.S. Supreme Court

Protesters gather on May 3, 2022, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., after news broke the previous night that a draft opinion leaked to the media confirms that the court is considering overturning Roe v. Wade. (Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

Politicians in Idaho respond to abortion case leak

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, a Republican, said the leak was a “serious attempt to hijack a trusted institution” and that it should concern Americans of all political ideologies.

“The person who leaked the draft should be investigated and held responsible,” he said in an emailed statement. “My thoughts on the issue have always been clear: the rights of infants, mothers, and healthcare providers who oppose abortion must be protected. I have long fought for pro-life legislation in Congress, and I will continue to do so, regardless of the destructive attempts to undermine and intimidate those who disagree.”

Leaders of the Idaho Democratic Caucus and the Idaho Democratic Party in emailed statements expressed worry about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s possible decision would alter access to reproductive health care in the Gem State.

“This will have especially dangerous consequences for the women and girls living in states like Idaho, where the only thing standing between them and forced pregnancy and birth is the constitutional protection of Roe v. Wade,” Idaho Sen. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, said in a statement. “I am thinking about the testimony I’ve borne witness to, the testimony from rape survivors, from survivors of incest, who will have no protections in our state should Roe be overturned.”

Idaho Democratic Party chairwoman Lauren Necochea said Idahoans should be aware that the state is one of 13 states nationwide with a ‘trigger law’ designed to go into effect if Roe is overturned. She said the party will continue to fight for access to reproductive health care, including abortions.

“For 50 years Idahoans have had the protection of Roe blocking the most radical urges of the Republican supermajority from becoming reality,” she said in a statement. “The Roe ruling is the only thing that has prevented Idaho’s Republican lawmakers from eliminating access to safe, legal abortions and privacy to make health care decisions in consultation with loved ones and medical professionals — free of overreach from the state or federal government.”

Idaho Capital Sun editor-in-chief Christina Lords contributed to this report.

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Ariana Figueroa
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Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.