Missouri, Kansas political leaders react to leaked draft of SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe v. Wade

FILE - U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on...
FILE - U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 25, 2014. Hartzler who is running for Senate has been endorsed by potential 2024 presidential contender, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. Republicans are split on their choice to replace GOP Sen. Roy Blunt, who is retiring after two terms. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)(Lauren Victoria Burke | AP)
Published: May. 3, 2022 at 8:19 AM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2022 at 12:31 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday.

Multiple political figures from Missouri weighed in on the extremely rare breach of the court’s secretive deliberation process and on a case of surpassing importance.

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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, attacked the leak of the document, saying it was done as a way to intimidate the SCOTUS justices before an official opinion is give.

Re. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, who is also running for Senate, called the leak “outrageous and dangerous.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, running against Hartzler for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt, tweeted “I’ve argued it in court briefings… Overturn Roe v Wade.”

Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri, stated that he hoped the document was legitimate and that the Supreme would overturn Roe v. Wade.

“I was a senior in high school when Roe v. Wade was decided. I didn’t understand abortion then, and I don’t understand it now. Killing an innocent human life is simply incomprehensible to me. I am optimistic that these reports are true, and that the Supreme Court will do the right thing, finally overturning this travesty of a decision. I have always stood up for the Right to Life, and will continue to do so.”

Rep. Billy Long

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, stated her want to codify Roe into law.

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver released a lengthy statement on what the ramifications of the opinion could be.

Republican Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer from Missouri voiced his approval of the language of the opinion.

And Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, demanded that SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts investigate the opinion released to Politico.

Former Missouri Governor and current Senate candidate Eric Greitens also commented on the document leak.

“Those who leaked this Supreme Court draft opinion is trying to weaponize the court and turn the sacred institution into a political cudgel during the midterm elections. Life is precious and worthy of protection—especially the unborn who are the most vulnerable. As governor of Missouri, I called the first ever pro-life special session because we had weak, establishment RINOs who refused to protect life and defend the sanctity of life. In spite of their efforts, we passed pro-life legislation that made Missouri the safest state in the country for the unborn. That ‘Missouri Miracle’ became the blueprint for other states to introduce their own legislation.

“We can now take the miracle we made in Missouri, and turn it into an American Miracle.”

Eric Greitens

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt was encouraged by the leaked draft.

“We’re encouraged by the draft opinion, and it is consistent with the briefs we’ve submitted to the United States Supreme Court calling for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. If we’re successful and Roe v. Wade is overturned, I’m prepared to immediately issue the opinion that would protect the unborn in Missouri.”

Eric Schmitt

Several members of Congress from Kansas took to social media to share their thoughts.

Senator Marshall sent out a press release regarding the leak. He pointed a finger at Democrats for it.

“This is an egregious attack on the institution of the Supreme Court. For someone to leak this document and the press to be complicit in the leak undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court,” said Senator Marshall. “But, we shouldn’t be surprised because that’s what Democrats do all of the time when they don’t like the outcome: They don’t like the outcome of votes in the Senate so they want to get rid of the filibuster; they don’t like the outcome of the balance of power in the Senate so they want to make Puerto Rico and D.C. states; they don’t like the way the elections go so they want to federalize them and deny states’ rights to run their own elections. All the while, the media is complicit – they help them do their bidding.”

Senator Roger Marshall