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Ramesh Ponnuru U.S. politics could be upended after Roe v. Wade

I think they have more interests than that, but every time we get to one of these judgeship nominations, that becomes the single, sole issue to Democrats.

Roe v Wade is not about abortion, although it is the key result of the decision, it is about the government's right to enter the bodies of tax paying citizens and control the results. Their concern is President Donald Trump's promise to put "pro-life justices on the court", with the goal of overturning Roe vs. Wade, the 45-year-old ruling that granted women safe access to abortion.

"Well now we know we're not guaranteed Roe v. Wade", he added.

The focus this time wasn't privacy, it was roadblocks which had been intentionally set up to make it harder to get an abortion.

Several major challenges to state abortion laws are already in the judicial pipeline. "[Sen.] Dean Heller, R-Nev., is going to have to stand by his vote in November in a hugely pro-choice state, and [Sen.] Cory Gardner, R-Colo., [is] up in 2020". We know - in our own bodies and among our friends - about what damage the lack of legal access to full reproductive rights, including abortion, can inflict on women, their families and their communities.

"I will sue when the Supreme Court acts", Cuomo said during a speech in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Aside from overturning Roe, she continued, the Supreme Court could also "chip away at it in such a way that makes it totally useless as a promise". NY would have no legal cause of action against anyone, much less the Supreme Court that had just given it the right to make whatever laws it wished. Assuming all forty-nine Senate Democrats toe the line, it will only take two Republican defectors to force Trump to nominate someone more like Kennedy than Clarence Thomas-not a liberal, but someone who will preserve the last shreds of the court's dignity and not let it devolve into a pawn of the Trump White House.

"For years what the Republicans in the Senate have said is, 'Well, we don't need a New York law because we have Roe v. Wade, and nobody's insane enough to roll back Roe v. Wade, '" Cuomo told the Poughkeepsie, New York, crowd.

And not only does the upcoming election matter for Colorado, said Taylor-Nanista, but it will have a huge impact on surrounding states as well, where the risk of losing abortion rights is high.

A spokeswoman for the Senate Republicans, Candice Giove, answered Cuomo's charges, saying in a statement, that "Women's health issues deserve more than political stunts with stolen one-liners from 'The Apprentice.'" Giove says the Reproductive Health Act would allow non-doctors to perform abortions and also waters downs rights for pregnant women who are physically abused.

"We're looking at a really deep push in states like Nevada and Colorado", said Hogue. So they started out doing counseling about contraception, how to prevent pregnancy. The attempt to return the culture back to pre-Elvis-ass-shaking days fell to Ronald Reagan, who believed the Viet Nam War was a success and all the Shiny City on the Hill stuff that was co-opted by the mobilization of the Religious Right to stop things like the Equal Rights Amendment, convincing women that they would have to share bathrooms and work on a shipping dock if passed. She pointed to cases the court has sided with abortion rights groups on in recent years: spousal signature requirements, waiting periods and parental permission for minors. During the 2016 campaign, Pence said that he hoped to see the ruling end up on "the ash heap of history", while Trump predicted that Roe v. Wade would be overturned "automatically" if he appointed anti-abortion-rights justices to the court. Those bans could, at least in theory, be reinstated, although "someone would have to go into court and ask to lift that injunction", says Myrick.

The debate over his appointment - and the future of the court itself - will continue as Kavanaugh meets with senators ahead of the required confirmation hearings.

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