- Democratic Representative Cori Bush says she is “destroyed” by the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion against Roe v. Wade.
- The 45-year-old congresswoman from Missouri previously revealed she had an abortion after being raped as a teenager.
- “As far as we knew it was coming, how could it really be a real thing?” Bush questioned.
Democratic Representative Cori Bush – who previously revealed she had an abortion after being raped as a teenager – said on Tuesday she was “split apart” by a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that suggests five conservative justices would overturn the constitutional law. right to abortion.
“I’m pretty divided,” the 45-year-old congresswoman from Missouri told The New York Times in an interview on Tuesday. “If you have an abortion, or if you have the baby, no one is at this table with you. No one is in this bed with you.”
Bush said that when he heard Monday’s bombshell news that a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion shows the court is ready to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, she immediately called her team in disbelief.
“My brain was just saying, how can this happen?” she reminded the Times. “As far as we knew it was coming, how could it really be a real thing? Who could be so cruel?”
Bush is one of the few lawmakers who has publicly shared that she had an abortion.
“[W]when I was 17, I was raped, got pregnant and had an abortion,” said deputy noted in a tweet last September. “And I’m not ashamed.”
The next day, Bush opened up about what she went through during an emotional congressional hearing on abortion rights.
Bush testified before the House Oversight Committee at the time, saying that choosing to have an abortion was the “most difficult decision” she has ever made.
“At 18, I knew it was the right decision for me,” she said, adding that it was “liberating to know I had options.”
Bush told the Times on Tuesday that she never wondered if she would be able to have a safe abortion because of the Roe v. Wade.
“Now let’s change that – after 49 years, going back and saying, lifting up, a generation of people who, ‘OK, you thought this was an option for you, and now it’s not,'” she said, in agreement. with the Times.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of the leaked draft opinion.
“While the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision of the Court or the final position of any member on the issues of the case,” the court said. said in a statement.