Conservative Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch assured lawmakers during their respective confirmation hearings that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that established the constitutional right to an abortion, would not be overturned. But on Friday, in a five to four vote, the Supreme Court did just that, with both Kavanaugh and Gorsuch voting in favor.
Per CNN, more than twenty states have laws or constitutional amendments already in place that would make them certain to attempt to prohibit abortions as quickly as possible.
“If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue—without basis, if you read these opinions—rulings that deeply undermine the human civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must see that through,” Ocasio-Cortez told NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and the hostile takeover of our democratic institutions,” she continued. “To allow that to stand is to allow it to happen. And what makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure Supreme Court confirmations and seats on the Supreme Court,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who voted to confirm Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, expressed disappointment in having placed his faith in the two justices.
“I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. It has been the law of the land for nearly fifty years and was understood to be settled precedent. I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans,” he said in a statement.
“As a Catholic, I was raised pro-life and will always consider myself pro-life. But I have come to accept that my definition of pro-life may not be someone else’s definition of pro-life. I believe that exceptions should be made in instances of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in jeopardy. But let me be clear, I support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected. I am hopeful Democrats and Republicans will come together to put forward a piece of legislation that would do just that,” Manchin concluded.
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