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Politics Pence asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe: 'Nothing has been more destabilizing in our society' than abortion

00:15  01 december  2021
00:15  01 december  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Mike Pence joins conservative groups in jumping into abortion debate at Supreme Court

  Mike Pence joins conservative groups in jumping into abortion debate at Supreme Court Mike Pence’s group is one of dozens filing briefs in the most significant abortion case to come become before the Supreme Court in decades.Pence’s group, Advancing American Freedom, is one of dozens of anti-abortion organizations to file briefs in recent days supporting Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Nearly 230 GOP lawmakers also filed a brief Thursday, calling on the high court to release Roe's "vise grip on abortion politics.

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.

Mike Pence joins conservative groups in jumping into abortion debate at Supreme Court

  Mike Pence joins conservative groups in jumping into abortion debate at Supreme Court Mike Pence’s group is one of dozens filing briefs in the most significant abortion case to come become before the Supreme Court in decades.Pence’s group, Advancing American Freedom, is one of dozens of anti-abortion organizations to file briefs in recent days supporting Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Nearly 230 GOP lawmakers also filed a brief Thursday, calling on the high court to release Roe's "vise grip on abortion politics.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the National Press Club on Nov. 30, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images © 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.

John Roberts' long history with abortion and Roe v. Wade

  John Roberts' long history with abortion and Roe v. Wade Since his first job as a young lawyer in Washington, John Roberts' work has been entangled with Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that gave women a right to end a pregnancy. © Alex Wong/Getty Images U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts leaves after day five of the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump's defense team started to present its arguments today in the Senate impeachment trial. He helped hoist the banner against Roe in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

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."

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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.

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington at dusk on Nov. 29, 2021. Drew Angerer/Getty Images © 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.

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  Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in blockbuster abortion case The state's legal argument is the sharpest framing yet of the dispute as Mississippi engages in a frontal assault on the right to abortion.The high court agreed in May to hear a challenge to Mississippi's ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, giving its new, six-member conservative majority a chance to roll back the 1973 ruling that women have a constitutional right to abortion.

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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.

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 © 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.

Supreme Court prepares to hear biggest abortion fight in decades .
Nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, the future of abortion rights will face its most consequential test Wednesday.At the heart of the dispute before the high court, now with a 6-3 conservative majority, is a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. State officials have used the case, known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, as a vehicle to ask the justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion. Pro-abortion rights advocates warn a decision upholding the 2018 law would pave the way for states to ban the procedure entirely.

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