- Senator Amy Klobuchar suggested that codifying abortion rights into law might be the solution to protect access to abortion.
- Klobuchar said some “pro-choice Republicans” have shown support for the idea.
- His comments come as the US Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a case that could bankrupt Roe v. Wade.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, in an interview on Sunday, said some Republicans might agree to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled last week that it could break precedent and limit access to abortion.
His comments come as the Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a case that could lead to the ousting of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that protected access to abortion in the United States for decades.
Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, told Chuck Todd during an appearance on “Meet the Press” that Roe v. Wade represented “fifty years of court rulings and decisions, forming part of the very fabric of women’s existence in this country.”
“This is how our country protected the rights, and now they are ready to overthrow everything,” Klobuchar said of the court. “The answer might just be to do it through the political process now. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do, but maybe it is the right way to do it.”
âI think the best way to do it is not a patchwork of state laws, but to put it mildly, codify Roe v. Wade, put it in law. We even have pro-choice Republicans who have expressed interest in doing so. âshe added.
The case currently before the Supreme Court is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. At the center of the case is a Mississippi law of 2018 that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Insider’s Oma Seddiq reported. The standard set by Roe prohibits states from banning abortion before about 24 weeks of pregnancy.
During last week’s arguments, the court’s conservative justices appeared open to overturning Roe v. Wade.
With a conservative majority in court secured under former President Donald Trump, Republican-led state legislatures across the United States have targeted access to abortion this year. A total abortion ban after six weeks in Texas was allowed to go into effect in September after the Supreme Court refused to stop it.