During a Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussed the push to protect abortion rights following the leak of a draft majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade if made final. While on CNN, Pelosi went after Trump — who’s largely behind the current majority on the court that backed the initially prepared draft majority view. Trump appointed three out of five of them — and Pelosi referred to him as a “creature.”
Pointedly, Pelosi remarked as follows:
‘Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States, waving a list of judges that he would appoint, therefore getting the support of the far-right — and appointing those anti-freedom Justices to the court? So this is not about long-game — we played a long-game. We won Roe v. Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time. We have elected a Democratic House of Representatives that is pro-choice… Beware in terms of marriage equality. Beware in terms of other aspects of it… The fact is, this is a dangerous court to families, to freedom in our country. And that is why people have to mobilize — my saying is, we don’t agonize. We organize.’
The House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on May 18 on the "implications" of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Chairman Jerry Nadler confirms to @NBCNews.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2022
Pelosi also spoke of the need to remind people that “elections have consequences — the one that elected what’s-his-name did.” It seems, of course, like she was referring to Trump in light of the responsibility he holds for the court’s anti-choice majority. There’s a sixth conservative Justice on the nine-member court — Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of George W. Bush — but he’s not been reported to be in support of completely undoing the legally established nationwide right to an abortion established by the court’s Roe decision. Following the draft opinion’s emergence, there have been perceptibly peaceful demonstrations outside D.C.-area homes of conservative Justices on the court, including Samuel Alito, who wrote the controversial document. Going forward, Senate Democrats recently brought legislation that would specifically protect abortion rights up for a vote — but without even getting to the problem of the chamber’s filibuster rules, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) opposed it, keeping its supporters from reaching a majority. Check out Pelosi’s comments below:
"Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become President of the United States?" — Pelosi pic.twitter.com/rTIrrYdehm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2022
Adding to the Democratic majority in the Senate would, of course, help with getting new abortion protections passed at the federal level, because such a development would make Manchin’s support less critical. At that point, this hypothetical Democratic majority that’s grown to the point of not relying so much on Manchin would have to deal with the Senate’s filibuster rules, which demand the agreement of at least 60 Senators in the 100-member chamber for moving forward with most initiatives. Overturning Roe would, at least in part, leave the immediate issue of handling abortion access to states — and there are already laws in place in various locales that would automatically ban most abortions if the decision is set aside. Millions upon millions could be affected by these zealously anti-abortion Republican state officials.
Thousands of marchers converged in the nation’s capital and across the country on Saturday to show their support for abortion rights nearly two weeks after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. https://t.co/Tw2yGnVEY1 pic.twitter.com/73qT7T4cwd
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 14, 2022