Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Marsha Scott
July 12, 2018

Many Democrats and abortion-rights supporters believe a new justice appointed by Republican President Donald Trump could tilt the court in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Chemerinsky said that the landmark case is "part of a series of decisions about autonomy with regard to medical rights ... but Roe itself is just about abortion rights".

The policy of Roe vs. Wade is that it allows abortion throughout pregnancy, with no requirement that there be any reason given for the abortion and no requirement that the states place any limits on the procedure or its timing.

"He would put our rights and democratic priorities in jeopardy, including the Affordable Care Act, protections for the environment, organized labor, LGBTQ rights and the protections of Roe v. Wade", said Cuomo in a statement.

In picking a replacement for Anthony Kennedy, the president tilts the philosophical balance of the high court.

"But what the American people ought to know is that, as the President said today, this was not an issue that he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh". Dannenfelser spearheaded support for Trump in his presidential campaign after he promised to appoint to the Supreme Court only justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

On June 29, Time reported on the flurry of activism and support that followed the news of Kennedy's retirement: "Women took to social media in droves to encourage others to get an IUD or stock up emergency contraception like Plan B. Others are donating to abortion funds and calling their senators". He frequently sided with conservatives to uphold abortion restrictions.

Kim Malcolm talks with U.S. Sen.

Kavanaugh could very well face a case involving undue burden claims as the nation faces multiple legal battles over abortion regulations across several states.

At the same time, 21 states adopted 58 measures past year meant to expand access to women's reproductive health care services.

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As Democrats attempt to take control of the state Senate in this year's elections for the first time in almost a decade, the governor pledged to oust GOP incumbents and stumped in Westchester and Nassau counties on Tuesday. In some states, abortion would still be on-demand and paid for by the government. It, perhaps, shouldn't surprise us that there is a strong correlation between Republican presidents and Supreme Court justices who vote conservatively-and the reverse. "And the New York State law is in the criminal code", Cuomo said.

The ruling effectively prohibited states from banning abortion before a fetus could be considered viable outside of the womb.

Some have been formally blocked by the courts, but not repealed.

"The kind of cases that will come up will probably be like that", said Russell.

"We're looking at a really deep push in states like Nevada and Colorado", said Hogue. So as a circuit judge, which is below Supreme Court, he would be bound by that Supreme Court decision.

The cases fall into three major categories.

Chemerinsky also said that he thinks "Roe will be threatened" by a change in the Court's ideological makeup, but it won't be the only case to be challenged. And one of the women said, "You know, Sarah, the only way we can really deal with this is to bring a lawsuit and try to get the law overturned".

When Bash asked Pence if he would still like to see Roe overturned, the devout anti-abortion advocate responded carefully: "Well, I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court".

Fitzpatrick said there is a long-held doctrine at the Supreme Court that most justices adhere to, "Let Things Stand".

A lot is left to be decided by the Court, but Covington said it's certain that "the boundary of Roe is going to continue to be defined".

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