(PARK CITY, Utah) — Vice President Joe Biden warned supporters on Tuesday that a Mitt Romney presidency could mean a Supreme Court with “six Scalias,” referring to Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the court’s most conservative members.
“Close your eyes, I’m not being facetious, and imagine what a Supreme Court would look like after four years [of Romney],” Biden told a crowd of 300 donors at a fundraiser in Park City, Utah. “Imagine what it will look like for women with six Scalias on the bench.”
Biden suggested the appointment of conservative justices to the bench under a President Romney — more “Scalias, [Samuel] Alitos and [John] Robertses,” he said — would fundamentally alter the court’s current balance and threaten established precedent, including Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
“These guys have a social policy out of the ’50s,” Biden said.
The comment comes nearly two weeks after conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing to uphold the administration’s signature health care law, which mandates free preventive health services to women, including contraception.
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