On Thursday, May 4, Olivia Rodrigo hit the stage in Washington, D.C. as part of her SOUR tour. The “Driver’s License” singer took a few moments to address the recently leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court of the United States voting to strike down Roe v. Wade, which grants access to abortion.
Twitter user Elise (@poetswentodie) posted video footage of Olivia speaking out during her performance. “Because we’re in D.C., I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say how heartbroken I am over the Supreme Court’s potential decision,” Rodrigo began. “Our bodies should never be in the hands of politicians. I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”
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Rodrigo’s comments come after Politico obtained and released a 98-page draft written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The document, dated February 10, 2022, calls to overturn Roe v. Wade along with Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania V. Casey, a 1992 case that revisited but ultimately reaffirmed Roe. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito wrote. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision. Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”
According to Politico, a source revealed that Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett, who hold conservative political views, voted in agreement with Alito. Liberal justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia, Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan have reportedly drafted a dissent. Chief Justice John Roberts’s stance is reportedly unclear.
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