Chuck Schumer never stopped fuming over his defeat during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
The New York Democrat knew a conservative majority on the Supreme Court would be his worst nightmare.
But what Chuck Schumer just said about Brett Kavanaugh’s future will stun you.
Democrats are nervously watching as states across the nation pass vital legislation to defend the lives of unborn babies.
Pro-life activists saw abortion-loving Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy replaced by Brett Kavanaugh and believe now is the time to strike at the heart of one of the biggest judicial travesties in American history – the wrongly decided Roe v. Wade.
Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri all passed a heartbeat bill which protects life beginning at six weeks of pregnancy – the point which doctors can detect a baby’s heartbeat.
Alabama went even further and protected life at every stage of pregnancy.
These cases ensure the Supreme Court will hear abortion related cases in the very near future.
Law professors and other court watchers maintained for years that Roe was “settled law” and faced no danger of being overturned.
But in an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s program, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave liberals some very bad news.
Schumer told Maddow’s audience that one way or the other, Roe v. Wade would be gutted.
“Do you think that the Supreme Court, when they get whichever one of these laws they choose…do you think that, within the next year, Roe will be overturned by the Supreme Court?” Maddow asked Schumer.
“They will either overturn it directly, that’s what they probably want to do in their hearts, or they will so cut back and eliminate the effectiveness of Roe, that in effect they will have eliminated Roe. They will make it so hard for any woman to get an abortion that Roe will be in effect eliminated. So they’ll either do it directly or indirectly, but I believe they will try to do it,” Schumer told Maddow.
Schumer is alluding to the fact that direct challenges to Roe v Wade – and the Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which was the 1992 decision that superseded Roe – are not the only means to undercutting the tragedy of abortion in America.
The Supreme Court hears cases on state level restrictions that require abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges or other code standards that close down abortion mills.
2020 is a Presidential election year.
The Supreme Court may not want to interject itself directly into the election by explicitly overturning Roe.
However, the conservative Justices could take a more low key approach of gutting Roe by upholding a host of state level restrictions that will ultimately have the effect of eliminating almost all abortions.
But it’s also not out of the question that the court could overturn Roe.
Justice Clarence Thomas recently authored an opinion stating the court would not be bound by “erroneous precedent,” which many court watchers took as laying down a marker to one day overturn Roe altogether.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.