As news of the Supreme Court's probable overturning of the guarantee of reproductive rights, the media asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to comment. Clinton was attending the 2022 Met Gala on Monday night.
During the event, a draft of a SCOTUS majority opinion was leaked and shared by Politico.
Justice Samuel Alito reportedly wrote of the 1973—Roe v. Wade—and 1992—Casey v. Planned Parenthood—landmark opinions that ensured reproductive freedom:
"We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled."
On Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts verified the leaked draft is authentic, but not finalized.
Justice Roberts stated an investigation into the leak will be conducted.
The coalition of conservative justices—Alito, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh—maintained:
"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start."
"It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives."
Secretary Clinton—winner of the 2016 presidential popular vote by 2,868,686 votes over Donald Trump—shared her views on Twitter while attending the gala.
"Not surprising. But still outrageous."
"This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law."
She also warned:
"It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal."
"What an utter disgrace."
Earlier that evening, Clinton tweeted:
"Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights."
"An extreme wing of the Supreme Court may seek to deny that fundamental truth."
"They may try to force their views on a country where 70% of people want Roe upheld."
"We will not be quiet and we will not go back."
It could be noted, had Republicans not blocked President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court pick for over a year, one of the four judges signing onto the conservative opinion with Alito—Neil Gorsuch—would not be a Supreme Court justice.
Had the popular vote and not the electoral college vote determined the 2016 presidential election, President Hillary Clinton—not Donald Trump—would have filled the SCOTUS seats now occupied by Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Back in December of 2015, Clinton warned voters of the damage a Republican President could do.
Though voters didn't listen to Clinton's warnings in 2015, they're listening now.
On Tuesday morning, former New York Senator Clinton urged people to attend a demonstration that evening in Foley Square in New York city.
Protests are planned across the United States.