McConnell says national abortion ban ‘possible’ if Roe v Wade overturned

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said it’s “possible” abortion will be banned nationwide if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this summer.

During an interview with USA Today, published on Friday, McConnell suggested that a national abortion ban could take place, but noted that such a discussion was premature.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after a Republican strategy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
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“All of this puts the cart before the horse,” he said.

When asked if a conversation about a national abortion ban was worth discussing, the senator said federal restrictions on the procedure were possible.

“If the leaked advice became the final advice, legislative bodies — not just at the state level but at the federal level — could certainly legislate in this area,” McConnell said.

“And if that was the final decision, that was the point that it would have to be resolved somehow in the legislative process. So yes, it’s possible,” he said. he continued.

It comes after Politico released a draft opinion from Justice Samuel Alito last week saying the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court ruled in the landmark 1973 decision that a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion under the 14th Amendment’s right to privacy.

A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court quashing Roe v.  Wade.
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A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court quashing Roe v. Wade.
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McConnell said in the interview that Republicans have made their position on abortion clear.

“On the issue of abortion, I think the position of Senate Republicans is pretty clear,” McConnell said. “And if and when the court makes a final decision, I expect everyone to be more definitive. But I don’t think the position of Senate Republicans on this issue is very secretive.”

After Politico released the draft, McConnell and fellow Republicans criticized the leak. The Kentucky senator said during a speech in the Senate on Tuesday that the Justice Department should investigate and pursue criminal charges against whoever was responsible for the leak.

But Democrats expressed frustration with the content of the draft, fearing the possibility that Roe v. Wade is canceled.

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized the draft advisory after it was released Monday night.

“If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in fifty years – not just on women but on all Americans. The votes reported by the Republican-appointed justices to overturn Roe v. Wade would go like an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history,” the two lawmakers said in a joint statement.

Schumer is expected to force a Senate vote this week to codify Roe v. Wade, though the measure will likely fail as she won’t have the 60 votes needed to pass. The vote, however, would require Republicans to register the case before the 2022 midterm elections.

And supporters of Roe v. Wade took to the streets to protest the leaked opinion, even showing up at the homes of conservative judges to express their outrage.

The protests follow the White House’s refusal to convict activists releasing a map of judges’ home addresses.

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“I think the president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across the country about what they’ve seen in this leaked document,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing on Thursday. “We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected. We want people to demonstrate peacefully if they want to – protest. That’s certainly what the president thinks.”

Demonstrations are also planned in Catholic churches on Mother’s Day after the pro-choice group Ruth Sent Us, named after the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, urged its Twitter followers to protest the possible reversal by the High Court of Roe v. Wade in their local Catholic churches. .

“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice,’ an ex-Catholic, of another faith, or no faith, recognize that six hardline Catholics have set out to overthrow Roe,” the group wrote in a statement. Tweeter Tuesday. “Hold on to or at a local Catholic church on Sunday, May 8.”



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