U.S. anti-abortion activists once ‘chipped away’ at Roe vs. Wade — now they’ve picked up a sledgehammer

U.S. anti-abortion activists once 'chipped away' at Roe vs. Wade — now they've picked up a sledgehammer
Some fear future of 1973 ruling on abortion could be in doubt under a conservative-leaning Supreme Court

Matt Kwong · CBC News
Posted: May 22, 2019

The anti-abortion movement is hitting an aggressive new stride in the United States. Whether it breaks into a sprint toward the Supreme Court is worrying reproductive rights activists amid a renewed push to reverse the long-standing precedent that legalized abortions.

As part of a frenzy of recent legislative activity, Alabama and Missouri last week sought to criminalize nearly all abortions in a bid to dismantle Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized a woman's right to have the procedure.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/anti-abortion-roe-v-wade-us-law-analysis-1.5144110

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Heartbeat Abortion Bills Were Once a Fringe Idea. Could They Overturn Roe v. Wade?

Heartbeat Abortion Bills Were Once a Fringe Idea. Could They Overturn Roe v. Wade?
Three states have enacted heartbeat bills. Ten more are considering them.
Emily Shugerman

When anti-abortion activist Janet Porter first introduced the idea of a “heartbeat” bill in 2011, she was almost laughed out of the room. The proposal—to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, or at about six weeks gestation—was so extreme that many of her fellow Republicans thought it was impossible.

A decade later, GOP lawmakers around the country are rushing to adopt Porter’s signature legislation, in hope of forcing the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court to re-examine Roe v. Wade. Georgia is poised to become the third state to enact such a ban in the first three months of 2019 alone. Ten other states are currently considering the legislation, which experts say would ban abortions before most women know they are pregnant.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/heartbeat-abortion-legislation-championed-by-janet-porter-was-once-a-fringe-idea-now-could-it-overturn-roe-v-wade

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USA – A so-called victory shows how the Supreme Court will kill ‘Roe v. Wade’

A so-called victory shows how the Supreme Court will kill ‘Roe v. Wade’

By Leah Litman
February 8 2019

The Supreme Court gave reproductive justice advocates an unexpected win on Thursday night when it voted 5 to 4 to stay a court of appeals’ decision that could have closed abortion clinics in Louisiana. The chief justice joined the four more liberal justices in voting to prevent the Louisiana law from going into effect. That small achievement underscores how much progressives stand to lose with the new court and how low our standards for victory have become.

At issue in June Medical Services v. Gee is a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the providers perform abortions. Just two and a half years ago, the Supreme Court held that very same requirement unconstitutional when Texas enacted it.

Continued; https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-so-called-victory-shows-how-the-supreme-court-will-kill-roe-v-wade/2019/02/08/9229852a-2bd3-11e9-b2fc-721718903bfc_story.html

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USA – Abortion foes seek Trump’s help to offset midterm setback

Abortion foes seek Trump's help to offset midterm setback

The Associated Press
David Crary
November 29, 2018

NEW YORK — Anti-abortion leaders are seeking help from the Trump administration as they shift their political strategies now that the U.S. House will be controlled by Democrats who support abortion rights.

Under Republican control, the House tried repeatedly, though unsuccessfully, to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and it passed a bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Democratic-led House that takes office in January is likely to push legislation that would expand access to abortion, even if such measures die in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/abortion-foes-seek-trumps-help-to-offset-midterm-setback

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How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

AUG. 14, 2018

President Trump has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was a cautious supporter of abortion rights. With his departure and the addition of a second Trump appointee, the Supreme Court would have a conservative majority that would most likely sustain sharp restrictions on access to abortion in the United States.

But if the court does hear a case that brings up the issue, it is hardly clear that it would take the drastic step of overruling Roe. The court could instead opt for a more incremental strategy, upholding increasingly severe restrictions in much of the country but stopping short of saying that the Constitution has nothing to say about a right to abortion.

Assuming that there are five justices ready to limit abortion rights, how could that happen? Here are some of the possible scenarios, each of which entails a different degree of legal upheaval.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/14/us/roe-v-wade-explainer.html

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USA – The Struggle to Save Abortion Care

The Struggle to Save Abortion Care

Carole Joffe
First Published August 1, 2018

Abstract: Resisting both physical attacks and widespread policy proscriptions, mission-driven abortion care providers continue working to help their patients.

“Some will rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen.” This line from an old Woody Guthrie song is an apt description of the vulnerability of abortion providers in the United States. Clinics have long been subject to physical attacks: eleven individuals have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists, thousands more have been terrorized at their homes and offices, and numerous clinics have been vandalized, even destroyed by fire-bombings. More recently, a harsh new regulatory regime—Guthrie’s “pen”—comprising onerous restrictions passed by state legislatures and hostile inspections by health departments threaten the ability of providers to keep their facilities open and to sustain their vision of “woman-centered” care. As a longtime abortion clinic administrator told me, “Regulatory interference is the new frontier of the anti-abortion movement.”

Continued: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1536504218792522

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USA – A leader in the fight to protect Roe v. Wade lays out the plan to stop Brett Kavanaugh

A leader in the fight to protect Roe v. Wade lays out the plan to stop Brett Kavanaugh
NARAL president Ilyse Hogue explains the strategy for protecting abortion rights in the Supreme Court and in the states.

By Emily Stewart
Jul 29, 2018

Even before Supreme Court Justice’s Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace him, abortion rights advocates were already concerned about the erosion of those rights in America. The prospect of Kavanaugh on the bench — and his and the president’s past positioning on abortion — have raised the alarm over reproductive rights in the United States and the future of Roe v. Wade to a new level.

Activists are ready for battle.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/7/29/17625884/brett-kavanaugh-abortion-naral-ilyse-hogue

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USA – Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

07.09.18 - (PRESS RELEASE) Said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:

“President Trump has vowed to nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court only justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. In addition to this litmus test, he has also said women who have abortions should be punished. Today, with the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the President is presumably making good on his Roe-reversal promise. Every Senator should assume that is the case, absent a clear and compelling statement from the nominee that he agrees with the rationale and premise of Roe v. Wade—that the right to abortion is among the Constitution’s guaranteed personal liberty rights.

“In the past twelve years that Judge Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he has ruled in one case involving women’s access to abortion.


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USA – Memo to Chuck Schumer: Stop Dithering and Start Fighting. Now.

Memo to Chuck Schumer: Stop Dithering and Start Fighting. Now.

Jul 9, 2018
Jodi Jacobson

I have some questions for Chuck Schumer.

Senator Schumer: You seem to be treating the nomination of a second Supreme Court justice by Donald Trump as business as usual. But it is not. Nothing is usual. Nothing is normal. What don’t you understand about this?

What don’t you get about the fact that Trump is under federal investigation and possibly facing criminal charges? Or that he has actually suggested he can pardon himself?

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/09/memo-chuck-schumer-stop-dithering-start-fighting-now/

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USA – The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump’s supreme court pick

The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump's supreme court pick

Jon Swaine in New York
Fri 6 Jul 2018

Just 20 months ago, Leonard Leo’s life’s work appeared in jeopardy. Hillary Clinton would soon be elected president. A liberal judge would be chosen to replace Antonin Scalia, the late lodestar of American conservatism, on the supreme court.

“Staring at that vacancy, fear permeated every day in that countdown to November 8,” Leo recalled last year, in a speech to fellow religious conservatives. His three-decade fight to push the US judiciary to the right – and enable a crackdown on abortion – looked to be lost.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jul/06/leonard-leo-supreme-court-replacement-trump-justice-nomination-abortion

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