Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) addressed the leaking of an alleged brief that overturns Roe v. Wade during a press conference in Fort Myers on Tuesday, calling it an “insurrection” he suggests is worse than January 6.
“To have that leak out the way it did was really unprecedented,” DeSantis said. “And I think it was really an attack on a lot of the justices. I think it was intentional to try to whip up a lot of the public, to try to make it very political, and potentially try to bully one of them into changing their positions. And that is not something that’s appropriate for the judicial branch.”
The Wall Street Journal noted that only Democrats benefit from a leak of Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that overturns Roe V. Wade and Planned Parenthood V. Casey, and that someone who opposes the majority opinion likely leaked it in an effort to get the public to protest and make the justices rethink their positions.
DeSantis agreed with Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who called the leak “a singular and egregious breach” of trust and called for an investigation into who leaked the draft to the press.
“They need to hold them accountable”
“I know they launched an investigation, so they need to figure out who did that, and they need to hold them accountable, because that is a real, significant breach of trust,” he said.
He then called the leak an insurrection, saying, “You want to talk about an insurrection – that’s a judicial insurrection to be taking that out and trying to kneecap a potential majority through extra-constitutional means.”
DeSantis said he “believes in pro-life protections,” and that such protections are “based in science” and “based in who we are as a society.”
Florida has passed a law similar to the Mississippi law that was challenged before the high court to produce the leaked ruling, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks.
Protests in major cities around the country
On Tuesday, citizens began to protest the leaked draft in cities around the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Nashville, Dallas, New York City, and of course, Washington, D.C. in front of the Supreme Court.
President Joe Biden called the decision “radical” and a “fundamental shift” even though it isn’t formal yet.
He told reporters on the way to Alabama that he wasn’t prepared to support ending the filibuster to make a law that codifies abortion rights on the national level.
If Roe and Casey are overturned, it would send abortion back to the states to make their own individual laws about its permissibility. NBC News reported that 23 states would likely ban abortion if Roe and Casey are overturned. In the other states, abortion would still be permissible to some extent.