Amy Klobuchar said regulating abortion through the political process may be the way forward rather than leaving it up to the courts, claiming there are even some Republicans who agree with that path.
‘What is the answer? The answer may well be doing it through the political process now. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do – but it may be the way to do it,’ Klobuchuar told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.
‘I think the best way to do it is not a patchwork of state laws, but to put it – codify Roe v. Wade, put it into law,’ she added. ‘And we even have some pro-choice Republicans that have signaled interest.’
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who assured during his confirmation hearing that abortion matters were ‘settled’ in the landmark Roe v. Wade, suggested this week that politicians should be left to decide how to handle the controversial matter.
He said during oral arguments for a Mississippi case that could decide the fate of a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy that the Supreme Court should remain ‘neutral’ on the issue of abortion.
Kavanaugh was attacked on Wednesday by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said due to sexual assault allegations against him, he shouldn’t be allowed to decide an abortion case.
‘Reminder that Brett Kavanaugh *still* remains credibly accused of sexual assault on multiple accounts w/ corroborated details & this year the FBI admitted it never fully investigated,’ the New York progressive tweeted on Wednesday.
Senator Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that some pro-choice Republicans are in favor of allowing the political process to decide the fate of abortion in the U.S. rather than leave it to the courts
WATCH: Responding to Justice Kavanaugh’s argument that courts should be neutral on abortion & it should be up to politicians, Sen. @amyklobuchar (D-Minn.) says that “may well be” the answer.
“We even have some pro-choice Republicans that have signaled interest.” pic.twitter.com/aQWV2hYRmA
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) December 5, 2021
She continued: ‘Yet the court is letting him decide on whether to legalize forced birth in the US. No recusal.’
Oral arguments ended this week for a Mississippi abortion case in the Supreme Court that could ban pregnancy terminated after 15 weeks – a huge deal that would see the overturn of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
Far-right Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said the outrage over the allegations against Kavanaugh was all political theater.
‘I attended Kavanaugh’s hearing when he was being confirmed,’ the Georgia congresswoman tweeted late Wednesday evening.
‘The paid organized leftist groups had women outside and were cycling them through to sit in,’ she added. ‘They would plan their fits and screams to make it look like a real outrage.’
‘It was all fake, just like his accusers.’
She said that present at the hearing to protest Kavanaugh were ‘[a]ll the hate-America activists and Soros funded radicals,’ including ‘AOC’s buddy, Linda Sarsour.’
‘Never forget @AOC & @IlhanMN’s great friend Linda Sarsour’s speech when she declared fighting Trump is Jihad,’ she tweeted. ‘All of these women are alike. They hate President Trump and they hate men. They lie and play victim to get their way. To them it’s Jihad.’
Ocasio-Cortez also lamented that one-third of the court was appointed by President Donald Trump and said the Judicial branch is ‘dismantling’ the legitimacy of the federal government.
‘Out of 9 justices, 3 were appointed by a man who tried to overthrow the US government (& elected via minority),’ she continued on Twitter.
‘Those 3 will decide whether the US will legalize forcing people to give birth against their will,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote. ‘Legitimacy requires consent of the governed. They are dismantling it.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited her Catholic faith and five-children family Thursday as she blasted ‘troubling’ signals out of the Supreme Court on abortion.
Pelosi, a practicing Catholic who often invokes her faith, said abortion ‘shouldn’t be a political issue,’ days after the 6-3 conservative court heard a Mississippi abortion case and sent signals that Roe v. Wade may be in danger.
She took a swipe at some of the justices pondering the issue that affects millions of women, saying they need a lesson on the ‘birds and the bees.’
‘Now, we don’t know what the decision will be from the Court. But, from what they have said about not respecting precedents, stare decisis, all of that, is troubling,’ Pelosi said, mentioning the concept of allowing settled law decided by a prior court to stand.
‘And what they had said about – sometimes, I think they need a session in the ‘birds and the bees’ for some of the kinds of statements that they make,’ Pelosi said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday abortion ‘shouldn’t be a political issue,’ following oral arguments at the Supreme Court on an abortion case
Then she pointed to her own family. ‘I say that as a mother of five – six years and one week, five children. As I say to my colleagues, ‘When you have five children in six years and one week, we can discuss this issue.’ That was great for me; that’s not necessarily great for other people. And it shouldn’t be up to any of us to decide what a woman and her family, her husband and her partner decides is right for them and their family and their future child-bearing possibilities. So, it’s scary. It’s really scary,’ she said.
Then she pointed to the shift toward abortion rights in heavily Catholic Ireland, where prohibitions have been relaxed but where the church is still against the practice.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Donald Trump nominee gave a historical basis for overruling precedent, even while urging the importance of settled law during his confirmation hearing
Another Trump nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, may have tipped the balance against Roe on the 6-3 conservative court
People holding signs including one that says ‘Big Bird supports abortion for all’ at a protest where a large number of pro-choice and pro-life protesters were outside the Supreme Court on the day it heard arguments regarding an abortion law in Mississippi
People holing up signs saying ‘On demand without apology’ and ‘Abortion is healthcare’ at a protest where a large number of pro-choice and pro-life protesters were outside the Supreme Court on the day it heard arguments regarding an abortion law in Mississippi
‘And I say that as a practicing Catholic. Again, this shouldn’t even be a political issue. Look at Ireland. Is there a more Catholic country? Look at Ireland and how they pass legislation respecting, respecting women, respecting women,’ she said.
‘The court is threatening to trample over the Constitution, destroy Roe v. Wade, and take away a woman’s freedom to make the most fundamental decision for herself and her family working with her family members, and her doctor and her faith,’ said Pelosi.
Her warnings followed comments by justices that sent signals the landmark precedent could be imperiled.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Donald Trump nominee gave a historical basis for overruling precedent, even while urging the importance of settled law during his confirmation hearing. ‘If you think about some of the most important cases, the most consequential cases in this court’s history, there’s a string of them where the cases overruled precedent,’ he said, pointing to Brown v. Board of Education and others.
Chief Justice John Roberts referred to a ban on abortion 15-weeks after conception as ‘not a dramatic departure from viability,’ the current standard.