As the race for the White House heats up, Democrats seeking the party’s nomination in the 2020 election are increasingly demanding protection for abortion, and are ramping up fears that Republicans will overturn Roe v. Wade, in light of recent pro-life legislation.
Now, Democrats such as Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, John Hickenlooper, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and others are pushing for new laws enshrining abortion rights on a federal level.
As such, Democrats are now in the position of urging the further restriction of US states to rule on the issue of abortion, which is quickly becoming the left’s rallying point as the election draws ever nearer.
From The Daily Caller:
A growing number of Democratic presidential candidates say Congress should pass legislation protecting abortion access in case the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
The Democratic trend accompanies a swell of pro-life legislation at the state level.
“Congress should do its job and protect their constituents from these efforts by establishing affirmative, statutory rights that parallel Roe vs. Wade,” Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wrote in a Friday Medium essay.
The Constitution’s supremacy clause gives federal law precedence over state law where the two conflict. Warren and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York say Congress should adopt a sweeping legislative package that would displace state restrictions on abortion in favor of a permissive federal regime. Both criticized targeted regulations on abortion providers, or so-called “TRAP” laws.
Such laws mean to ensure high standards of care for women who terminate pregnancies, though Democrats say they are medically unnecessary stealth measures whose real purpose is the closure of abortion clinics.
“I would ensure that no state can pass laws that chip away at access to reproductive care or criminalize reproductive healthcare providers,” Gillibrand wrote Thursday. “Federal law would supersede those harmful state restrictions.”
The New York Democrat has also pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe, as has Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Gillibrand and Warren shared detailed abortion platforms earlier in May, which are largely similar in their particulars and far-reaching ambition.
Other candidates have voiced support for codifying Roe and related efforts like repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota told Fox News on Sunday that she would sign legislation codifying abortion rights if elected president, while Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey promised to roll back Trump administration rules allowing employers to opt out of contraceptive coverage for reasons of conscience, among other items.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper also said the next president should “enshrine Roe v. Wade into law” in a Wednesday tweet.
Democrats say aggressive legislative efforts are warranted in view of President Donald Trump’s successful run of judicial confirmations. The Senate confirmed the 100th Trump judicial appointee in early May, and some believe the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh entrenched an anti-Roe majority on the Supreme Court.