Dems lash out at Supreme Court over upcoming abortion decision

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could redefine abortion rights in America.

As a result, Democratic lawmakers and political activists unleashed a torrent of vitriol directed toward the court’s conservative majority — and at least one sitting justice personally.

Democrats fret about abortion rights

Days before arguments were presented before the nation’s highest court, one Democratic lawmaker ominously warned of “revolution” if the Roe v. Wade decision enshrining abortion rights is overturned.

While a decision is not expected until well into next year, the court’s conservative wing appeared to be sympathetic to the underlying argument that a state should be allowed to restrict abortion access. Speculation surrounding the outcome has led to widespread fears and some public backlash by activists.

Justices are weighing in on a Mississippi ban restricting abortions past 15 weeks into a pregnancy. The precedent set by the Roe decision permits abortions up to the point of viability, or about 24 weeks.

As justices gathered on Wednesday to hear arguments, abortion advocates and pro-life protesters assembled outside of the courthouse to demonstrate. Some of the pro-abortion activists were seen apparently ingesting abortion pills at the scene.

That display came just days after Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued a statement that some critics interpreted as a threat.

“Why don’t we return to neutrality?”

“I hope the Supreme Court is listening,” the senator asserted. “If you want to see a revolution, go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people. Because I think that will not be acceptable to young women or young men.”

Her remarks echoed those of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who warned last year that justices would “pay the price” if they threatened abortion rights.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh suggested during oral arguments that the abortion dispute should be left to the American people to decide at the state level.

“The Constitution is neither pro-life nor pro-choice on abortion,” he determined. “If we think that the prior precedents are seriously wrong, why don’t we return to neutrality?”

Other conservatives on the court similarly criticized the Roe decision as an arbitrary precedent. Liberals, on the other hand, described it as a vital right — including Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said: “Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts? I don’t see how it is possible.”

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