U.S. Rep. criticizes leak, reiterates support for restrictions

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, both criticized the leak of a Supreme Court justice’s draft opinion and reiterated his support for restrictions on abortion Tuesday.

“Rarely do leaks like this happen at the Supreme Court, but this breach of confidentiality represents the undermining of the Court’s ability to deliberate impartially on our nation’s most pressing issues,” Keller said, according to a news release from his office. “While it is my hope that the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of the Dobbs v. Jackson case that supports life by banning abortions 15 weeks after conception — setting the stage for Roe v. Wade to be overturned — we must ensure that leaks like this do not become a partisan tool to sway the opinion of the Court.”

The draft opinion was purportedly written by Justice Samuel Alito, who was nominated for the Supreme Court in late October of 2005 by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate on a 58-42 vote in late January of 2006.

Keller, the news release said, supports limiting abortion before pregnancies are viable. The Supreme Court is considering Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, in which it will decide if a 2018 Mississippi law limiting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional. The Mississippi law allows abortions to save the life or physical health of the mother or when the pregnancy is complicated by severe fetal abnormalities, the news release said. In late July of 2021, Keller joined 44 Senators and 183 members in the House in submitting a Congressional amicus brief in the case, arguing that the Supreme Court should uphold the constitutionality of pre-viability restrictions on abortions and uphold the Mississippi law.

“Nothing is more important than life. After nearly 50 years since Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, I am thrilled that we are closer than ever to delivering historic pro-life protections for the unborn,” Keller said, according to the news release.


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