Kaine, Warner react to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion
WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Outcries have erupted across the country since a breach of court confidentiality leaked a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade on Monday night.
This ruling would essentially give states control over whether abortion is legal or not. Several states already have laws on the books that would be "triggered" as soon as Roe is overturned, making abortion illegal.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine weighed in on the document on Wednesday.
"The idea that a 13-year-old woman could be a victim of rape and she would have no ability with her family, with her health care provider, with her religious advocate, be able to have any decision or any choice going forward, is pretty stunning to me," Warner said.
"A lot of people are shocked about this. In Virginia, overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly, voters do not want Roe v. Wade overturned, and that includes a lot of pro-lifers,” Kaine said.
Kaine says he's personally against abortion but decisions made about a women's body should only be made by her.
"We don't think women who make other decisions or other people who have different opinions should be criminalized for the decisions they make about their own reproductive lives,” he said.
Warner says rolling back abortion laws could cause Americans to return to unsafe ways of ending pregnancies.
"I think it will create a system where people will seek out abortions in unsafe circumstances the way it was back in the 19050s and 1960s,” he said.
Warner says this could go beyond Roe v. Wade.
"This women's right to choose may just be the first step," he said. "Is the next step going to be rolling back any rights women have taking a contraceptive device? Does it mean gay rights or marriage equality will be the next battlegrounds where the Supreme Court rolls in?"
Both Kaine and Warner say this will play a huge role in the November midterms and the 2024 Presidential Election because more women will be motivated to vote.