NM Reproductive-Rights Advocates Oppose Supreme Court Nominee

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

The appointment of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court creates the possibility that the court could overturn its landmark 1973 abortion rights ruling, opening the door for Republicans to legislate a sea change in abortion access across the country.

Recent polling in NY confirms most Democratic voters want strong abortion protections.

Weddington: Well, it's 50 years since I started work on it, because I started in 1969.

When Bash asked Pence if he still wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned, the vice president responded, "I do, but I haven't been nominated to the Supreme Court".

We need to mobilize in the states.

In his dissent, Kavanaugh conceded that unauthorized immigrants on USA soil do have a right to due process under the 14th Amendment, but wrote that undocumented youth in custody were not entitled to "abortion on demand". But in that case, no state law had made abortion illegal.

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But the ruling also said that "a state can regulate abortions prior to viability so long as it doesn't place an undue burden on the woman's right to abortion", Erwin Chemerinsky, a dean and law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told ABC News. The known states to have implemented such "trigger" laws are Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota, with another dozen or so states having pre-Roe abortion bans still on the books ready to re-enact if it is federally overturned. Only nine have laws to protect the right to an abortion regardless of Roe.

This is what happens when you allow people to use the Bible to control our laws. If we wait until Roe is overturned, it will be too late.

Kavanaugh never opined on Roe v. Wade directly during his tenure on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. In his 2006 confirmation hearing for that position, though, he said he would follow Roe v. Wade as a "binding precedent" of the Supreme Court - which lower-court judges are required to do. Maybe that's because he's finally listening to his staff. However, despite my libertine bent (I believe all vices should be legal, as it is the bedrock of liberty promised by our little document and a key part of this human experiment called America) I feel for this argument. But I'm not buying Trump's sales pitch on Kavanaugh, and neither should any U.S. Senator.

"On everything from reproductive rights to sexual harassment, the governor has shown us just how out of touch he is". So you could make a different decision, and he might well do that. Sarah Weddington was a 26-year-old attorney from Texas when she argued that case in front of the Supreme Court and won. Some (but not all) of that is due to unjustified restrictions on the franchise. He clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia 16 years ago. But perhaps the fight over his successor will help progressives realize the urgency of fighting on other fronts as well. This is the time where every New Yorker has to say, you're not taking women's right to reproductive rights away.

"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. Sixties-era civil rights activists like Fannie Lou Hamer and Whitney Young had denounced the procedure as a form of genocide.

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