The Supreme Court unleashed a political earthquake last much when it determined that the Constitution contains no right to abortion.
Democrats were left enraged by the decision, and now some of them are trying to prevent the court from ever ruling on abortion again.
Call for Supreme Court to be stripped of jurisdiction over abortion cases
According to The Daily Wire, a group of Democrats have sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asking for legislation to “the Supreme Court’s appellate jurisdiction” over abortion legislation.
“Congress can instead assign exclusive appellate jurisdiction to another federal court, such as the D.C. Circuit,” it went on to add.
“The American people want to see Congress protect their fundamental rights, and the Constitution grants us the powers to do so. Congress, as the branch of government that is closest to the people, has a duty to exercise its powers For the People,” the letter asserted.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among those who signed the letter, and she released a copy of it on Thursday via Twitter.
With our basic rights under threat from a rogue Supreme Court, Congress needs to exercise our legal authority to the fullest extent. That’s why today we called on @SenSchumer and @SpeakerPelosi to support stripping the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over abortion. pic.twitter.com/9Rp6RkEqs8
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 14, 2022
“Congress is granted the authority to remove the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction under Article III [of the United States Constitution],” Ocasio-Cortez said on Thursday.
Republicans attempt to cap the number of justices
What’s more, Ocasio-Cortez went on to suggest the move could be used to preempt future rulings on gay marriage and other controversial decisions as well.
“To protect marriage equality, contraception, and more, we need to limit the power of the far-right Court that’s already overturned Roe v. Wade,” she insisted.
Democrats aren’t the only ones trying to pass legislation regarding the Supreme Court, as Fox News reported on Thursday that House Republicans put forward a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to limit its membership.
Under the proposal, no more than nine justices would be permitted to serve at any one time. However, Democrats stopped the resolution from going forward.