The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday that battle lines are being drawn on Capitol Hill as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case out of Mississippi that some say threatens to upend the precedent set back in 1973 by Roe v. Wade.
The high court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health suit, which challenges a Mississippi measure banning abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The legal battle has prompted members on both sides of the political aisle to speak out — and according to the Examiner, they aren’t pulling any punches.
“The legitimacy of the Court”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made her position known in a series of tweets published Wednesday. “As the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it has the opportunity and responsibility to honor the Constitution, the law and this basic truth: every woman has the constitutional right to basic reproductive health care,” she wrote, as the Examiner reported.
“The constitutional right to an abortion has been repeatedly affirmed. Any failure to fully strike down the Mississippi ban would seriously erode the legitimacy of the Court,” Pelosi added.
The constitutional right to an abortion has been repeatedly affirmed. Any failure to fully strike down the Mississippi ban would seriously erode the legitimacy of the Court, as the Court itself warned in its ruling in Casey, and question its commitment to the rule of law itself.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 1, 2021
The Pro-Choice Caucus of the Democratic Party opined in a tweet of its own: “We cannot go back. The House has already passed #WHPA — legislation to enshrine the right to abortion access in law — now the Senate must act!”
Let’s be clear: SCOTUS is considering a case that challenges the core of Roe v. Wade. We cannot go back. The House has already passed #WHPA – legislation to enshrine the right to abortion access in law – now the Senate must act! #AbortionIsEssential pic.twitter.com/YE4SElzLN0
— Pro-Choice Caucus (@ProChoiceCaucus) December 1, 2021
“It’s about a person”
On the flip side, Republicans have been vocal in their opposition to enshrining abortion rights as law.
“This is a momentous occasion, for not only my home state of [Mississippi] but for our entire nation. I’ll be on the Supreme Court steps this morning praying for all those defending the unborn,” Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith wrote in a tweet, according to the Examiner.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford remarked, “Abortion is not about random tissue; it’s about a person.
The science is clear to anyone willing to get past talking points and actually look in the womb.
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) December 2, 2021
The high court isn’t likely to issue a final ruling on the case out of Mississippi until the summer of 2022.