The new religious discrimination bill could deter women from seeking health services
Health experts say Scott Morrison's religious discrimination bill could stop women from seeking out healthcare; while the bill's implications are unclear, it could mean more stigma and less access.“We have to veer away from the artificial, phoney conflicts, boycotts, controversies and cancelling created by anonymous and cowardly bots, bigots and bullies,” he said.
Former Vice President Mike Pence called on the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, arguing that it has destabilized the nation for decades.
Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday, Pence declared that prior decisions incorrectly determined that abortion was key to the nation's stability.
"The truth is nothing has been more destabilizing in our society for the last 50 years than legalized abortion … I believe it's no coincidence that the last half century has seen a persistent rise in family instability, single-parent households, a decline in family formation, increase in unplanned pregnancies, and an explosion in sexually transmitted disease," he said.
Supreme Court's Mississippi abortion case is a pivotal moment for all who value life
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Dec. 1 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is about a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. Roe v. Wade in 1973 forced every state to legalize abortion before a baby was considered "viable," which was then assumed to be around 28 weeks but is now around 21 weeks. The Dobbs case will determine if states can protect the lives of children before "viability," which would strike at the heart of the Roe decision. Just for context, since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the U.S.
WILL THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURN ROE V. WADE? POSSIBLE OUTCOMES FOR THE UPCOMING ABORTION CASE © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the National Press Club on Nov. 30, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
He claimed that "in the 48 years since the court's ruling, unborn children have been relegated into a caste of second-class citizens – devoid of the most basic human rights."
As Pence noted, there have been an estimated 62 million abortions since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Citing statistics on Down syndrome abortions, he added that abortion was being used as a "tool of eugenics."
Pence's comments came on Tuesday, the day before the court is set to hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which involves a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks. Both sides of the debate have suggested that the court's conservative majority could overturn both Roe and its subsequent precedent in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Cosby prosecutors ask US Supreme Court to restore conviction
A Pennsylvania court in June overturned a conviction on charges the comic drugged and raped a woman.Cosby, a barrier-breaking comedian who became a household name for portraying the patriarch of an affluent Black family in the television series The Cosby Show, was found guilty in 2018 of drugging and raping college sports administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.
Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider, said in an email Monday that "the stakes for abortion access have never been higher."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., derided Mississippi's law in September alongside an amicus brief from both chambers of Congress.
"Mississippi’s draconian abortion ban – one in a heartbreaking and nationwide assault against women’s freedoms – is unconstitutional," Pelosi said. "As the brief makes clear, the constitutional right to an abortion has been resoundingly affirmed."
DEM SENATOR WARNS SUPREME COURT OF ‘REVOLUTION’ IF ROE V. WADE IS OVERTURNED
Anti-abortion advocates see the Mississippi law as an opportunity to challenge court precedent on viability and more generally asserting the reality of life in the womb. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington at dusk on Nov. 29, 2021. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
In overturning Roe, Pence argued, the court would move toward bringing the U.S. into the international mainstream on abortion.
US abortion rights at stake as Supreme Court to take up key case
US Supreme Court is weighing a Mississippi abortion case that could ultimately overturn landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.The nation’s top court will hear arguments on Wednesday on whether a Mississippi state law enacted in 2018 that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional.
NEW AD FEATURE ABORTION SURVIVOR AS SUPREME COURT HEADS TOWARD ORAL ARGUMENT IN DOBBS
Earlier this year, the anti-abortion Charlotte Lozier Institute released a study claiming that 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion after 15 weeks.
Democrats, meanwhile, have emphasized the need for expanded abortion access and will likely intensify those calls if the court releases a decision next summer that overturns Roe. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over the vote for the Build Back Better Act at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 19, 2021. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Currently, Roe prevents states from banning abortion at certain stages but the court's decision could give them considerably more leeway in this area.
House Democrats have preempted a more conservative decision by passing the Women's Health Protection Act, which aims to codify Roe in federal law.
Mississippi Gov. Reeves: ‘No guaranteed right to an abortion’ in Constitution .
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared Sunday that "there is no guaranteed right to an abortion" in the U.S. Constitution and that such an issue should be left up to individual states. His comments came after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in a case focusing on his state’s 15-week abortion ban that has the potential to limit abortion access across the U.S.