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Lankford Releases Statement Following Leaked Supreme Court Document Confirmed as Authentic

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released a statement following the Supreme Court’s confirmation that the leaked version of the Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey  is authentic:

“Today the Court affirmed that the leaked document is actually authentic, but not final. While we do not know the content of the final opinion, it does appear that the Court is prepared to send the question of where life begins back to legislatures around the country, as it was before 1973.  The American people should determine how to protect life, not Justices. In Oklahoma, we will keep speaking out for the value of each life including pregnant and parenting mothers. Those who work for the destruction of children because they are inconvenient are on the wrong side of history. Each child has great potential and we should celebrate every girl and boy.  

“I am glad the Court is also launching an investigation into the source of this unprecedented leak. The person responsible should be held accountable for his or her actions that will devastate the trust in the Court for decades to come.”

Lankford has been a pro-life advocate and pro-parent advocate for years, ensuring that babies, pregnant mothers and parenting mothers are supported. Lankford pushed back on the Biden Administration’s rule to allow taxpayer-funded abortions. He successfully secured language to save the long-standing Hyde and Weldon Amendments, which prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and abortion-related discrimination against health care workers, including insurers.

As a pro-life Member of Congress, Lankford has fought to make adoption more affordable, expand the child tax credit to the unborn, provide food assistance and healthcare to needy families, fund maternal and infant health programs, and incentivize giving so that local nonprofits can more easily assist those in need.

Ahead of oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization before the US Supreme Court, Lankford met with Students for Life during a prayer vigil. Lankford gave a moving speech on the Senate floor recognizing the significance of Dobbs in the fight for life. He joined an amicus brief signed by more than 220 Members of Congress supporting the state of Mississippi in Dobbs

Lankford published an op-ed ahead of Dobbs highlighting the pivotal moment the case presents for protecting the right to life in the nation. Lankford released two episodes of a four-part series on his podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankfordhighlighting the science behind life in the womb and the stories behind the pro-life movement.