The Supreme Court is expected to soon undo nearly half a century of precedent for the right to medical privacy, particularly with regard to the freedom to access abortion care, as laid out in Roe v. Wade in 1973. The next step in eroding this basic right is, many predict, a Federal effort to ban abortions nationwide.
Republicans say they believe strongly in the “right to life” for fetuses, and that they believe they’re acting to “protect” life and Americans when they pass legislation limiting or barring entirely a pregnant person’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy — often even in the case of incest or rape.
If that’s the case, if they really believe that what they’re doing is good for their constituents, and for the nation, why are they so afraid to admit it’s the plan?
Here’s Steve Scalise (R-LA) flatly refusing to answer whether he’ll support a nationwide ban on abortions after the Supreme Court decision. Instead, he tries to control the narrative by making it about protests in response to the expected decision.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) dodges a question about whether Republicans would impose a federal nationwide abortion ban if they were to take the majority.
Scalise instead pivots to attack the Supreme Court leak and the protests outside of justices’ homes. pic.twitter.com/R7IUa8i7ks
— The Recount (@therecount) May 11, 2022
When a Federal ban on abortions is put to the test in Congress, put your money on Scalise supporting it.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has also dodged the question. Politico reporter Olivia Beavers asked him about a ban, and he referred to it as “walk[ing] through a world of hypotheticals.”
Asked McCarthy if he’s on same page as McConnell leaving door open to a potential national ban on abortion of some sort. He told me & @MZanona:
“The court hasn't made a decision yet. So we don't want to walk through a world of hypotheticals.”
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) May 11, 2022
McCarthy was, incidentally, one of the co-sponsors of a House Bill forbidding the use of any Federal funding to support abortion, as well as another bill devised entirely to falsely suggest that aborted fetuses are being born alive and left to die — a lie perpetrated by anti-choicers.
It’s probably safe to assume he’d support any anti-choice bill that runs through Congress.
Republicans claim that these anti-choice stances are correct. They have access to the same polling as the rest of us, though, affirming that their constituents do not want these bans. As Politico reports, a majority of Americans want Roe to stand — including more than half of Republicans.
It can only be concluded that Republicans in Federal government who push anti-choice legislation are doing so on behalf of someone other than the people they were elected to represent — and they know it, and know better than to proclaim it freely, especially in an election year.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com