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Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the Supreme Court set its legitimacy on fire after voting to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“This tribunal has lost its legitimacy. They’ve burned whatever legitimacy they may have had after their gun decision, after their vote decision, after their union decision,” Warren told the co-anchor of ” This Week” by ABC, Martha Raddatz, Sunday morning.
“They just took the last piece and put a torch there,” she continued. “I think we need to rebuild trust in our court and that means we need more justices on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
The Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe V. Wade, effectively ending the recognition of abortion as a constitutional right. The landmark decision sparked protests across the country, including incidents of vandalism at pro-life pregnancy centers and some liberal politicians calling on pro-choice voters to take to the streets.
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“Republicans have been very open about trying to get people through the court who didn’t have a published file on Roe, but they knew about – wink, wink, wink – were going to be hardliners on the issue of Roe vs. Wade. And that’s exactly what we ended up with,” Warren said Sunday.
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She added in her ABC interview that she was “deeply concerned” about the possibility of the Supreme Court revisiting other cases on contraceptives and same-sex marriage.
“I’m deeply concerned about this. I understand the rest of the court said ‘No, no, we’re not going there. But remember how we got to where we are. When Roe V. Wade first arrived, there was a tiny minority who really put a lot of energy, actually for themselves and for the Republicans, into putting Roe on the ballot again and again. But on the ballot, that didn’t mean trying to get it through Congress because they knew they couldn’t. They don’t even come close to having national support for this,” Warren said.
“So instead, it was about bringing in extremist justices on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who voted with the majority to overthrow Roe, wrote in his view that the court could re-examine cases on birth control use, consensual same-sex sex and same-sex marriage .
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“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell“, Thomas wrote in his concurring opinion. “Because any substantive ruling on due process is ‘demonstrably wrong,’ […] we have a duty to “correct the error” established in these precedents.”
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