BOSTON – Americans in Harvard Square shared their thoughts on whether the Supreme Court needed additional justices after Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for packing the high court in response to the leaked draft decision that indicated Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
“If they can stop what’s about to happen, yes,” one man, Max, told Fox News. “Pack the courts as much as you need to to stop this overturning.”
Warren joined her fellow Democrats in renewed calls to pack the Supreme Court following the leaked draft.
“Right-wing extremists have hijacked the Supreme Court of the United States,” the Massachusetts senator tweeted Wednesday. “We must #ExpandTheCourt to rebalance it and defend our basic rights, including the constitutional right to an abortion.”
But pedestrians in Boston had mixed views.
“I think that’d cause a lot of extra issues,” one man, Emilio, said. “With the instability of everything right now, I think it’s better to kind of keep it the same right now and fix a lot of the other problems.”
Tori told Fox News: “More opinions are better on everything.”
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft, which Politico published Monday night, that states should have authority over abortion laws, since the issue isn’t addressed in the Constitution. Chief Justice John Roberts emphasized on Tuesday that the decision wasn’t final.
“Overturning Roe would put the lives of women across the country at risk,” Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted Monday when she called for expanding the court. “It would fly in the face of decades of precedent and the overwhelming majority of public opinion.”
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