Park County Republicans Respond to Supreme Court Draft Leak
Written by Caleb Nelson on May 3, 2022
Park County Republican leaders respond to the leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. They see the leak as a breach of trust but agree with Alito’s assessment, calling it “long overdue.”
Last night, the website Politico published a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion by Justice Samuel Alito. The leak is causing a national firestorm of controversy. Justice Alito’s initial 98-page draft of an abortion majority opinion would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that prohibits states from making abortion illegal.
The leak violates the court’s tradition of confidentiality. Experts are working to assess the legality of the leak as it is unprecedented in modern times. Early reports indicate that an investigation will be launched to determine how the breach of confidentiality happened.
Wyoming is one of thirteen states with “trigger laws” should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the Supreme Court.
House Bill No. 0092, introduced by Park County Representative Rachel Rodriguez-Williams, is one such law.
The bill was Williams’ first piece of legislation to become law, which has suddenly placed her in the spotlight. According to Section 1. 35-6-102. (a) of the bill, “An abortion shall not be performed after the embryo or fetus has reached viability except when necessary to preserve the woman from an imminent peril that substantially endangers her life or health.”
Representative Williams says, “This piece of legislation that was passed and signed by the governor puts Wyoming in a great position in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned.”
Williams supports Alito’s position in the leaked draft as she thinks overturning Roe v. Wade is long overdue. When asked about the SCOTUS leak and the breach of the court’s confidentiality, Williams says, “I think that there has to be an investigation on the breach of the Supreme Court’s confidentiality, it’s almost a full assault on the court.”
Park County Republican Chairman Martin Kimmet, when asked for comment, had this to say, “It never should have been leaked to me that goes without saying…I’m very disappointed with whoever did it and I hope they find out who did it and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. That’s just flat wrong.”
The overturning of Roe v. Wade “is long overdue,” Kimmet says.
“When the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many, it was the wrong decision…I’ll speak as Chairman of the Park County Republican Party: the first plank in our platform is the right to life,” Kimmet explains.
The Park County Democrats were contacted for a statement but were unavailable for comment by the time of publication. A second post will follow with a response from the other side of aisle.