Mike Pence: I Still Want to See Roe v. Wade Overturned

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In remarks transcribed by the governor's office, Cuomo said: "For years, what the Republicans in the [Albany] Senate have said, 'well, we don't need ny law because we have Roe v. Wade and nobody's insane enough to try to roll back Roe v. Wade'".

"If we are going to have the turnout that we need in November... that's very dependent on Democrats being seen as fighting for our rights on this nomination", added Hogue.

While running for president, Trump openly vowed to only nominate justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.

The news of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court represents a nightmare scenario for supporters of reproductive justice, bringing to fruition their worst fears of the Trump administration's ability to make a long-term impact on abortion rights.

The situation in the 1950s and ‘'60s was that abortion was illegal, and women sought out doctors and others willing to perform illegal abortions under less-than-ideal circumstances or performed those abortions on themselves.

For the second day in a row, Governor Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in NY.

At the same time, 21 states adopted 58 measures a year ago meant to expand access to women's reproductive health care services.

As of now, four states - Louisiana, Mississippi and North and South Dakota - have what are known as abortion "trigger laws". The overturn of Roe v. Wade wouldn't ban abortion nationwide, merely leave the states free to make whatever abortion laws they wished, as had been the case before 1973.

Some have been formally blocked by the courts, but not repealed.

"The kind of cases that will come up will probably be like that", said Russell.

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METZGER: Right. So one reason why abortion is going to be a battleground for the court going forward is that states constantly impose new restrictions on abortion of different kind.

In 2016, Trump pledged he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court". Neighboring Utah, by contrast, has a state law that recognizes the legal personhood of a fetus and expresses the legislature's intent "to protect and guarantee to unborn children their inherent and inalienable right to life". One of these will have to succeed in persuading the majority of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in order for further measures to be taken against it.

"Roe has been attacked so persistently for the last four decades - and reproductive choice has been so limited, particularly for women without access to clinics and hospitals that offer both abortion and contraception - that I doubt the strategy will be to completely dismantle Roe", Dzuback said.

The cases fall into three major categories.

This is about the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade and where it stands in the pantheon of decisions based on that little document which keep lunatics like Donald Trump from turning this whole shebang into his personal Atlantic City mob quest. Earlier this month, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a law that required a woman to undergo a 72-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion.

Forget abortion. What if the government decides that the pancreas is negatively affecting the national health?

One pending case, for instance, involves an Arkansas law that would effectively ban medication abortions.

Medication abortion refers to the taking of two hormone pills to end a pregnancy: mifepristone, which stops the production of progesterone (a hormone that enables pregnancy), and misoprostol, which induces a miscarriage. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in June 2018 found that 67 percent of Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling while 29 percent do.

"He would put our rights and democratic priorities in jeopardy, including the Affordable Care Act, protections for the environment, organized labor, LGBTQ rights and the protections of Roe v. Wade", said Cuomo in a statement.

"The court cares about things like its own legitimacy", says Myrick, "and how often a precedent has been upheld in the past".