“It’s happening, people. This is what’s at stake in 2020.”
Reproductive rights advocates on Thursday seized on an amicus brief signed by more than 200 members of Congress, including two conservative Democrats, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe vs. Wade as the latest example of the assault on women’s freedom.
The brief was signed by 168 members of the House and 39 senators. Two House Democrats joined their Republican colleagues, led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in the effort—Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).
Lipinski drew the ire of progressive Democrat Marie Newman, who is challenging him in the 2020 primary.
“His position in Congress jeopardizes the health of women in IL-03 and across the country,” Newman tweeted. “My opponent does not trust women and is not fit to represent us.”
The brief was filed ahead of the court’s hearing on June Medical Services v. Gee, concerning a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital—one of numerous “TRAP” (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers) laws passed in states in recent years.
Discrepancies over what constitutes an “undue burden” on patients seeking abortion care illustrate “the unworkability of the ‘right to abortion’ found in Roe v. Wade … and the need for the Court to again take up the issue of whether Roe and [Planned Parenthood v. Casey] should be reconsidered and, if appropriate, overruled,” the brief reads.
Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood, said the Louisiana law and the amicus brief are both attempts to frame abortion care as unsafe.
“Asking the Supreme Court to reconsider overturning Roe is an assault on our basic rights, plain and simple,” tweeted Johnson. “Abortion is safe and legal, and we’re doing everything we can to keep it that way.”
Anti-abortion politicians are using every trick in the book to ban abortion. Asking the Supreme Court to reconsider overturning Roe is an assault on our basic rights, plain and simple.
Abortion is safe and legal, and we’re doing everything we can to keep it that way. https://t.co/7rATmkTbxd
— Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) January 2, 2020
Pro-choice advocates condemned the brief, which some saw as the latest sign that President Donald Trump’s remaking of the judicial branch poses a serious threat to Americans’ right to abortion care.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for an apology from those who said that abortion rights supporters were being “hysterical” when we decried Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court as the possible end of Roe v. Wade. But here it is. They want to end legal abortion. https://t.co/5MRy8zgwjP
— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) January 2, 2020
BOOM. 200 Republicans ask the Supreme Court to go after Roe v. Wade. It’s happening, people. This is what’s at stake in 2020. https://t.co/YTwCS7z1tG
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) January 2, 2020
A number of Democrats challenging some of the brief’s signatories in 2020 pointed to the document as evidence that anti-choice candidates must be defeated in the coming elections.
Shame on @RepDavid for joining in this effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.
As an emergency physician, I’ve been there when women had to make this heartbreaking decision, and it should remain between her & her physician. I’ll fight to ensure women have autonomy over their own bodies. https://t.co/X93jKIktDv
— Hiral Tipirneni (@hiral4congress) January 2, 2020
— Mike Larsen for Congress (@MikeLarsenOH) January 2, 2020
Ivanka Trump wants to be the ‘first female president’ — but there’s one major obstacle
Ivanka Trump is harboring political ambitions after she leaves the White House after her father's election loss.
It's not clear where President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will live, along with her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, but their former friends, colleagues and associates believe Ivanka Trump will try to build up her influence in the Republican Party, reported the Washington Post.
“I think she’d want to be the [first] female president,” said Marissa Velez Kraxberger, a film producer who worked for Ivanka for two years at her now-defunct company. “I don’t think she’s actually ever had any interest in fashion but everything was an angle to gain more power in whatever possible way.”
GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.
Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.
However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.
‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.
Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.
"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."