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Republicans across the country are taking action on abortion laws ahead of the looming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Daily Beast published a story titled, “Republicans Are Winning the Fight Against Abortion. Where the Hell Are the Democrats?”
The author fretted that Republicans are massing a slew of anti-abortion laws in many states ahead of the looming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade.
“Listen, I understand the prevailing Beltway consulting wisdom. These bills will blow over. It’ll be challenged in court, make a stand then. And yes, It’s tempting to think that common sense and cooler heads will—must—prevail on an issue so fundamental as a woman’s freedom to exist. But that’s a fantasy in an America where Republicans command majorities in 30 states, and in 23 states the GOP holds entirely unified control of state government. Insulated from political challenges by gerrymandering and voter suppression, state Republicans have taken off their masks to introduce a horror show of anti-abortion legislation,” the report stated.
Behind this, many states are taking action.
Tennessee Republicans have introduced an anti-abortion measure that appears similar to the legislation currently enacted in Texas.
“This bill is modeled directly after the legislation passed in Texas last year. Abortions, since that bill has been passed, have dropped 60 percent in Texas,” said GOP Rep. Rebecca Alexander, the legislation’s sponsor, while addressing a House subcommittee.
In Virginia, Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares is calling on the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade.
Virginia joined 21 other states in urging the justices to invalidate Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and reaffirm the core holding of the court’s 1973 decision in Roe.
“The [new] Attorney General has reconsidered Virginia’s position in this case,” Miyares told the justices in a letter. “Virginia is now of the view that the Constitution is silent on the question of abortion, and that it is therefore up to the people in the several states to determine the legal status and regulatory treatment of abortion.”
Miyares said Virginia will be aligning with 19 Republican attorneys general and a dozen red-state governors across the country in calling for states to control abortion laws.
“It is Virginia’s position that the court’s decisions in Roe and Casey were wrongly decided,” he wrote, referring also to the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that barred states from placing an undue burden on abortion access before viability. “This court should restore judicial neutrality to the abortion debate by permitting the people of the several states to resolve these questions for themselves.”
Last month, Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley argued that Roe v. Wade is the greatest injustice of our lifetime and that the Supreme Court has an opportunity to correct it.
During an interview with Breitbart, Hawley said that after the first day of oral arguments that Roe v. Wade is “very much in play.”
Hawley explained, “It would mean the reaching of a landmark goal that I mean, frankly, I have to say just personally, that Roe is one of the reasons that the major reason that I went into politics, and I think that’s true for many, many other people. That’s one of the major reasons I was interested in the law. And this is the greatest injustice of our lifetimes.”
Hawley said, “I just have to say that someone who believes that that row is one of the worst decisions ever handed down by the Supreme Court, I think it would be a monumental moral landmark and reverse a great injustice.”
The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a Mississippi law that would ban nearly all abortions after 15 weeks.
Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear back in December with his line of questioning that he supported overturning Roe v Wade.
Thomas has long been a target of liberal pro-abortion activists, especially given he’s arguably one of the most pro-life justices to ever sit on the bench.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh might be the deciding votes on the case.
Roberts and Kavanaugh might be looking at a “middle ground,” where they may not support completely reversing Roe v Wade,