- California Governor Gavin Newsom spoke at a Planned Parenthood after a SCOTUS leak threatened abortion rights.
- “Where the hell is my party?” he asked fellow Democrats, saying that conservative causes are “winning.”
- Newsom has vowed to make California a “sanctuary” for abortion rights if Roe v. Wade is knocked down.
California Governor Gavin Newsom criticized his own party for what he said was a lackluster response to the leaked Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in comments made on Wednesday.
“Where the hell is my party? Where is the Democratic Party?” said the Democratic governor to bring pro-choice media and supporters together at a Planned Parenthood office in Los Angeles.
In his speech, he called the conservative advances in the culture wars a “concerted and coordinated effort” that the left is failing to combat effectively. He cited the draconian abortion and education laws in Texas and Florida as examples, Fox News reported.
“Why aren’t we standing more firmly, more resolutely?” He continued. “Why aren’t we calling it that? This is a concerted and coordinated effort and yes, they are winning. They are. They are. Let’s recognize that. We need to stand up. Where is the counteroffensive?”
His speech echoed the protests that formed outside the Supreme Court shortly after the leaked draft opinion was published on Monday, where people chanted, “Democrats, do something!” Politician informed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke shortly after the leak, calling the draft opinion an “abomination” and one of the “worst and most damaging decisions in modern history”.
But efforts to codify Roe v. Wade in US law would likely be obstructed by Republicans, as Insider’s Brent D. Griffiths reported. A national constitutional amendment is also extremely rare in US history, as Insider’s Dave Levinthal reported.
In his Wednesday speech, Newsom drew particular ire for Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as well as Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who said Tuesday he would not end the obstruction to code Roe v. . Wade.
Newsom promised to turn California into an abortion “sanctuary”, a promise he repeated after the leak, saying he would introduce a state constitutional amendment protecting reproductive rights.
“We will present this to voters in November as an affirmative step toward codifying California’s leadership,” he said Wednesday.
“Pay attention, America. They’re coming after you next,” he said. “That’s not hyperbole. It’s not hyperbole. Watch this space if privacy isn’t constitutionally protected, it opens up a plethora of questions. So this is a profound moment. And yes, we will not be defeated.”