More than 200 Republicans in Congress want Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade

25 February 2020

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More than 200 members of Congress told the Supreme Court that its landmark decisions on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, should be “reconsidered and, if appropriate, overruled” in a brief they submitted to the court on 2 January.

According to Time, anti-abortion group Americans United for Life organized the amicus curiae brief in support of a restrictive Louisiana abortion law that is currently under a temporary stay and slated to be considered by the Supreme Court this Spring: June Medical Services LLC v. Gee. At issue is a 2014 Louisiana law, passed but never enacted, that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Challengers of the law argue that its sole purpose is to make access to abortion more difficult.

The Guardian reports:

The appeal came in an amicus brief in a Louisiana case, and was signed by 205 Republicans and two Democrats, and calls on the high court to revisit the ruling, which affirmed that access to safe abortion is a constitutional right.

It comes at a time when abortion rights in the US are increasingly under threat, and the issue is likely to become a point of fierce debate in the lead up to the 2020 US election.

Pro-choice advocates said the brief defies public opinion on reproductive rights. Sixty-one percent of adults said in a 2019 Pew research survey that abortion should be legal in the US in all or most cases, compared with 38% who said it should be illegal all or most of the time.

The New York Times reports:

The sheer number of those signing the brief suggests the importance that Republicans place on restricting abortion rights and telegraphing to their core supporters that they are serious about doing so. The signers include the top three House Republicans — Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Liz Cheney of Wyoming — and the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Thune of South Dakota.

Democratic lawmakers have filed their own amicus brief calling for the Louisiana law to be struck down. Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily’s List, a group that works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, assailed the Republican brief in a statement.

“Reproductive rights and the ability to make our own health care decisions are fundamental to the freedoms we have under the Constitution,” she said. “Unfortunately, this amicus brief proves that not only is the threat to those rights very real, but it is at a critical tipping point where the minority is ready to strip our freedom away against the majority’s wishes.”

Writing in the Guardian in November 2019, Jill Filipovic said: “But abortion rights supporters need to understand that the anti-abortion movement will not be content to simply overturn Roe. Nor will they be content with what they say is their goal – to let the states decide. They will campaign not just at a state level but at a federal one to outlaw abortion wholesale in the United States.”

Lawmakers ask SCOTUS to reconsider Roe v. Wade

GOP Onslaught On Abortion Aimed At Reversing Roe V. Wade | All In | MSNBC

Here Are The Details Of The Abortion Legislation In Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana And Elsewhere | TIME

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  1. Set aside if you are pro abortion or not.
    With about 270,000 children entering Foster care in 2017
    Ref: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/st

    Question to Christian Anti Abortion Lobby.
    1. How many more will there be once abortion out lawed?? double, triple, quadruple more.
    2. Who pays for their care.
    3. When they are 18 they have no more funding. Then have no family or family support.
    They have no access to their family medical history for disease assessment and risk mitigation.
    They have no inheritance or a home to get free rent where they can work save for a home later in life.
    THEY ARE MAJOR DISADVANTAGED.

    And all so Church do-gooders can beat their chest at anti abortion rallies and project their social virtue to each other.

    Recently we had Catholic Church Arch Bishop Fisher and ex Prime Minister Tony Abbot at a rally protesting against abortion law changes in Sydney Australia.

    But NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THE PROTESTERS said how they would open their homes to all these extra children that will be dumped onto the State to look after.

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