Senate's top Republican says the Supreme Court's role is to protect basic rights, even when majorities are in favor of something else. "That happens all the time."
Senators voted on the Women's Health Protection Act on Wednesday, but, as expected, it did not reach the 60 vote threshold to pass. It failed 49-51.
The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers told NPR it's obvious why the Supreme Court wants to keep their process secret: "No organization really wants to show how the sausage is made."
The bill follows a leak last week of a draft Supreme Court opinion that, if unchanged, would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that federally legalized abortions.
The reaction to Roe vs. Wade was immense, but not immediately so. It took months and years for the anti-abortion movement to fully form, to organize and gain political power.
Debates about abortion often center around the issue of when life begins. Some religions say it's at conception. Another says it's with the baby's first breath.
Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the same judicial conference as Thomas, called the leak of a draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade earlier this week "absolutely appalling."
Several not-quite-right claims have continued to linger about abortion since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Human rights organizations say there is an international trend toward expanding abortion access, as countries such as Mexico and Argentina have worked to decriminalize the procedure.
A lack of affordable child care and paid time off is currently hurting women in Georgia, and the coronavirus pandemic already forced many women who are caregivers out of the workforce.
Activist Heather Booth and the Jane Collective provided thousands of women with abortions before Roe v. Wade.
A leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on abortion rights suggests the nation’s highest court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade and unleash states like Georgia to severely restrict access to the procedure. The unofficial ruling, which was obtained by Politico, became public a couple months before a decision was expected, immediately jolting Georgia politics as early voting starts for this year’s primary election.
The streets of downtown Atlanta echoed with the now-familiar sounds of protest chants Tuesday as hundreds marched to demonstrate after a leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion which, if given final approval, would severely limit abortion access in the majority of states, including Georgia.
Top GOP lawmakers emphasized the unprecedented nature of the unauthorized disclosure of the high court's draft ruling on an abortion case instead of the possible impact on women or on the midterms.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: We discussed the big news in the Supreme Court, as leaked documents suggest it will overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, back in Georgia, the special grand jury that will weigh in on whether Donald Trump interfered in the 2020 elections has been seated.