There is no end to the examples of members of the media misleading viewers about the leaked Supreme Court abortion ruling, but comments by CNN’s Lauren Coates stand right up there as some of the worst.
Billed as a CNN “senior legal analyst,” during Tuesday’s edition of CNN Newsroom, Coates jumped onto a panel about the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft decision that was leaked Monday by Politico. With her comments, this “legal analyst” proved that she didn’t even read the legal decision she was opining about.
Coates told CNN anchor Jim Sciutto that all sorts of rights are now “on the chopping block” if this decision becomes official.
The CNN leftist insisted that Roe v. Wade is a “fundamental right” that “is within a zone of privacy that the court has said should be hands-off for the government.” And she decried that with “the stroke of a pen” the court could wipe away the “right” to abortion.
She continued that the decision will lead to a “slippery slope” that will wipe away every other right.
“A familiar phrase is the slippery slope in the Supreme Court. That which you do in one area could extend to others,” she cried. “Well, fundamental rights include interstate travel, include the idea of same sex marriage, include same sex relationships, just to name a few. Now this is essentially gone. What’s next?”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 3, 2022
Coates, though, simply lied. Even if this draft decision is filed officially as is, it will not make other rights “essentially gone.”
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Indeed, as Breitbart News reports, in the very draft that she was attacking, Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority that the ruling is narrow and only applies to the abortion issue in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Alito says that…