WATCH: White House says final SCOTUS opinion on Roe shouldn’t look like leaked draft

"Obviously, our preference would be for Congress to codify Roe, and of course for the final opinion not to look like the leaked opinion," said Psaki.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

In Friday’s White House press conference aboard Air Force One, Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested that the White House is hoping that the Supreme Court will uphold Roe v Wade, instead of overturning it like the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion indicates.

"Can you give us a sense of whether or not the White House is in touch with women's groups about this? What is your engagement? What is the level of probably both frustration and anger out there at the Supreme Court and perhaps at the White House about this?" one reporter asked in regards to the Supreme Court leak.

"I’m not aware of anger at the White House, others could speak to that. Obviously, this is a leaked not final opinion from the Supreme Court. Right? So what our effort and our focus are on broadly engaging about the specifics on possible actions and preparing for the release of a final opinion when the — when that is released early this summer," said Psaki.

Psaki noted that the administration is in talks with a "wide range of people" regarding the issue, including pro-choice activists, business leaders, philanthropy, members of Congress, state legislatures, governors, and advocacy groups.

"Across the board, we're using the convening power of the White House to talk to a broad range of groups. That effort is being led by the Gender Policy Council, which is coordinating work from the Department of Health and Human Services, from the White House Counsel's Office, from a range of—from the Domestic Policy Council, from a range of officials in the government, working to see what our options are and what levers we have in government," said Psaki

She noted as well that the administration has taken actions in regards to Texas’ SB 8, and that Connecticut Governor Lamont has signed a bill protecting abortion providers and seekers in the state.

"Obviously, our preference would be for Congress to codify Roe, and of course for the final opinion not to look like the leaked opinion. But we are also supportive of states, we're going to work with a broad range of stakeholders as we prepare for a final opinion to be released in June," said Psaki.

In a later question, Psaki was pressed on whether Biden wants protestors to influence Supreme Court justices so they uphold Roe v Wade.

"The President believes in peaceful protest. He believes that's part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States in this country. But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government. And I mean, obviously the Justice Department, but also the role of the Supreme Court and what they play. So I wouldn't say he has a view on that. He believes in peaceful protest, but they're going to make decisions they make and we're not going to prejudge the final opinion," said Psaki.

Pro-abortion activists have called for protests outside of what they call "extremists" justices homes.

The group Ruth Sent Us has called for a "walk by Wednesday" in which protestors will descend upon the homes of six justices: Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch.

ShutDownDC has planned a similar protest, this time outside the homes of Kavanaugh and Roberts, where they will hold a "candlelight vigil for Roe v Wade."

Notably, three of the justices’ homes are located in Virginia, which prohibits protesting around private residences.

According to the Code of Virginia: "Any person who shall engage in picketing before or about the residence or dwelling place of any individual, or who shall assemble with another person or persons in a manner which disrupts or threatens to disrupt any individual's right to tranquility in his home, shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor."


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