'He knows better': Claire McCaskill tears into John Roberts for dismissing public outrage over Roe

'He knows better': Claire McCaskill tears into John Roberts for dismissing public outrage over Roe
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Former United States Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) slammed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during an appearance on Sunday's edition of NBC's Meet the Press in response to an interview Roberts gave at Friday's 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado in which he defended the integrity of the institution in the wake of its June reversal of Roe versus Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania versus Casey.

The Court's 6-3 right-wing majority's ruling in Dobbs versus Jackson Women's Health Organization rescinded the half-century-standing constitutional right to access abortion, deferring the issue back to the states.

Nearly all of those that have Republican-dominated legislatures and governorships have either proposed or enacted draconian pieces of legislation that ban or criminalize the routine procedure. The bills typically contain no exceptions for instances of rape, incest, or nonviable pregnancies. And some of the more extreme examples even prohibit abortions to save the life of the mother.

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But Roberts, who has been on the defensive since the Court's draft decision authored by Associate Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico in early May, maintained that "simply because people disagree with opinions, is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the Court."

On Sunday, McCaskill – an MSNBC political analyst – tore into Roberts for taking the country backward and recalled that the jurists who signed onto Alito's originalist rationalization misled the public during their respective Senate confirmation hearings.

"He’s so so out of touch. I mean really, this interview shows why the numbers for the Supreme Court are so bad. For him to say something like that, he just doesn’t get it. You don’t take away a right that’s been around for 50 years and you don't have a party go to extremes of trying to make sure rape victims have to have forced birth," McCaskill said.

"You don’t do that and not have it splash back on the Supreme Court," she continued. "And they all said they respected precedent when they were confirmed. I heard them. America heard them. Clearly, they didn't, and you can feel me getting angry at John Roberts right now because he knows better when he says that stuff."

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The original article has been updated with the corrected title of ‘Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania versus Casey.’

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