The former secretary of state participated in an interview for CBS Evening News and said a leaked draft opinion, which signals the conservative majority on the high court will roll back abortion rights, is a bad omen for women and perhaps a wider array of people.
“This opinion is dark. It is incredibly dangerous and it is not just about a woman’s right to choose. It is about much more than that,” Clinton told anchor Norah O’Donnell in an interview Thursday.
Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the draft opinion that came to light Monday night, wrote the Supreme Court believes “Roe and Casey must be overruled” and argued it “is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
The opinion is not final, and votes among the justices might change before a ruling is dealt sometime in the coming months. The leak prompted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to order an investigation by the marshal of the court. In a statement, the court confirmed the draft that was leaked is “authentic” but stressed it does “not represent a decision by the Court.”
Alito also wrote that other issues are not in peril. “Nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion,” the justice wrote.
Still, there are those who worry interracial marriage and gay marriage, among other things, might be next.
“Any American who says, ‘Look, I’m not a woman, this doesn’t affect me. I’m not Black, that doesn’t affect me. I’m not gay, that doesn’t affect me’ — once you allow this kind of extreme power to take hold you have no idea who they will come for next,” Clinton said.
Clinton, who lost to former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, is again being talked about as someone who might throw her hat into the ring in 2024, even though she has dismissed such speculation in the past.
Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, said this week that the overturning of Roe v. Wade may just motivate Clinton to run for president again. At the very least, Clinton is talking about elections and their consequences.
“I hope people now are fully aware of what we’re up against, because the only answer is at the ballot box to elect people who will stand up for every American’s rights,” Clinton said.