OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun shared comments in reaction to the leaked draft majority opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case, which proposes overturning the 1973 decision known as Roe v. Wade.

“This Supreme Court opinion does not change much in our state. Democrats have been quick to point out that the law here in Washington continues to provide opportunities for abortion procedures. Whatever the law, whatever your politics, fewer abortions should be a common goal.

“It is startling, though, that the draft opinion was leaked. If true, it’s not only possibly illegal, it’s an unscrupulous attempt to manipulate public opinion.

“Unfortunately, this is already intensifying the acrimony in the debate over a very contentious issue. People on both sides of this issue are very passionate about their beliefs. Hopefully this is a moment where we can all show grace.”