Republicans Adding Pressure to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Republicans Adding Pressure to Overturn Roe v. Wade

( – Abortion has been a battleground for Democrats and Republicans for a long time. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade to prohibit the ability of the states to ban abortion before fetal vitality, which occurs at around 24 weeks. Pro-life Republicans have urged the High Court to overturn the ruling ever since.

Most recently, Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares (R), has joined the call to put an end to Roe v. Wade. The Republican AG publicly petitioned the Court only a week after defeating the Democratic incumbent AG.

Miyares sent a letter to the Supreme Court Justices on February 11, detailing how the Constitution doesn’t have any clauses concerning termination of pregnancies. He asserted the High Court should overturn Roe v. Wade and leave it up to the states to determine the legality of abortions.

During a hearing regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, some of the Justices on the Supreme Court bench voiced their opinion, and it seemed as though they were ready to roll back the ruling despite it standing for nearly half a century. If the SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade, it could put several restrictions, or even complete bans, on abortion in several states, namely in the Midwest and South.

The chances of the Court overturning the case remain unknown, but the Court’s conservative majority speaks to a greater likelihood it may happen. The Supreme Court expects to hear the arguments in the Mississippi case in June, months before the midterms, making it possible the Court could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade before then.

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