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Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says he did ‘everything’ he could to stop the overturning of Roe v. Wade




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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.Drew Angerer / Getty Images

  • Newly retired Scottus judge Stephen Breyer said he did “everything in his power to stop the rollover of Roe v. Wade.

  • “Did I do everything I could to convince people? Of course, of course,” Breyer told CNN.

  • Breyer, an 84-year-old liberal, retired from the bench in June after serving nearly three decades.

Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said he did “everything in his power to prevent the nation’s Supreme Court from overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion.”

Breyer, the 84-year-old liberal who retired from the bench this summer after serving nearly three decades, considered the decision in his first televised interview since stepping down from court.

“And you’re saying, ‘Did I like that Dobbs decision? Of course I didn’t. Of course I didn’t,'” the hard-line Breyer told CNN’s Chris Wallace, referring to the June 24 Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson. Women’s Health, which overturned Roe v. Wade with a subsequent abortion ruling in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The resulting decision rescinded nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion rights, allowing states to make their own abortion laws. The measure has since been banned by Republican-led states, with one in three women across the country losing access to it.

“Was you happy with that? Not for a moment,” Breyer said in the interview, which aired Friday. “Did I do everything in my power to convince people? Of course, of course. But here we are, and now we keep working. We try to work together.”


Justice Samuel Alito submitted a 5-4 majority opinion to overturn Roe’s ruling, and he was joined by fellow conservatives – Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Connie Barrett.

Breyer disputed with two other liberals in court, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

“After today, young women will come of age and have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers,” they wrote in a fierce dissent. “The majority achieve this result without thinking about how a woman depends on the right to choose or what it means to take it on the spot. The majority’s refusal to even consider the life-changing consequences of reversing Roe and Casey is a startling indictment of her decision.”

Breyer’s comments come as the Supreme Court prepares to start a new term on October 3. His replacement, Judge Kitangi Brown-Jackson, the first black woman to be confirmed in court, will take her seat on the podium for the first time.

The court is set to review a number of high-profile cases, including affirmative action, election laws, and free speech, in what is shaping up to be a new term.

During the CNN interview, Breyer also commented on the unprecedented leak of the opinion draft that brought down Rowe. An investigation into the leak is underway.

“It was very devastating because this kind of thing doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen. And here we are,” Breyer said.

Read the original article on Business Insider


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