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Democrats are renewing their calls to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with liberal judges following the oral arguments in the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban case that has the potential to unravel Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the most important abortion case in nearly three decades.
The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a Mississippi law that would ban nearly all abortions after 15 weeks.
“As a result, Democratic lawmakers have called to remove the Senate filibuster requiring 60 votes to pass legislation to add more seats to the court,” Fox News reports.
“A ‘conservative’ court would uphold precedent. But a ‘partisan’ court may not — and this may be the most partisan court in history,” California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff said of the demands to pack the court. “We must protect a woman’s right to choose.”
Minnesota Democrat Sen. Tina Smith also called for packing the court.
“What’s happening today is the Supreme Court is hearing arguments for ending Roe and people’s freedom to get an abortion. I worked at Planned Parenthood and know what this would mean for women. If the Court takes this action, led by Republican justices, it’s impossible to argue they are not partisan,” she wrote, adding the hashtag “Expand The Court.”
I worked at Planned Parenthood and know what this would mean for women. If the Court takes this action, led by Republican justices, it’s impossible to argue they are not partisan. #ExpandTheCourt
— Senator Tina Smith (@SenTinaSmith) December 1, 2021
Democrat Rep. Judy Chu from California urged Congress to pass the Judiciary Act, which would allow them to expand the number of judges to 13.
“Thanks to Republican court-packing, our Supreme Court has been manipulated to protect GOP political goals, not our Constitution. From bodily autonomy to voting rights, there’s only one solution: we need to pass the Judiciary Act to #ExpandTheCourt and restore fairness,” she wrote, also using the hashtag “Expand The Court.”
Thanks to Republican court packing, our Supreme Court has been manipulated to protect GOP political goals, not our Constitution.
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) December 3, 2021
Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley says that Roe v. Wade is the greatest injustice of our lifetime and that the U.S. 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 predicted the Supreme Court would rule 6-3 in favor of upholding the Mississippi law, which could be the case that overturns Roe.
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.”
“I think you’d see real deliberation for the first time in 50 years because the public would actually get to weigh in and their voices would actually matter,” he added.
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.”
“And after listening to the argument, I believe this could be the case that finally reverses the great injustice of Roe. It may all come down to Amy Barrett,” Hawley wrote Wednesday.
And after listening to the argument, I believe this could be the case that finally reverses the great injustice of Roe. It may all come down to Amy Barrett
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 1, 2021