Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — A warning shot on Biden’s .5T plan Breyer on Supreme Court future: ‘I don’t think I’m going to stay there till I die’ MORE (D-Minn.) pointed to the recently enacted Texas abortion law during remarks on Sunday about Supreme Court Justice Breyer’s potential retirement.
“I stick to my words. I believe, if he is seriously considering retirement — and he has said he would do it based on not only his own health, but also the future of the court — if this decision doesn’t cry out for that, I don’t know what does,” Klobuchar told CNN anchor Dana BashDana BashTucker Carlson on Ocasio-Cortez’s riot fears: ‘Get a therapist’ The media’s lionization of AOC proves sizzle always valued over steak Ocasio-Cortez says ‘I didn’t think I was just going to be killed’ during Capitol riot MORE on “State of the Union.”
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar renews her call for Supreme Court Justice Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerSenate panel will probe Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ruling, ‘shadow docket’ Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion law Juan Williams: Why California’s recall election matters MORE to retire “sooner rather than later,” telling @DanaBashCNN that the court’s decision allowing Texas’ restrictive anti-abortion law to stand adds urgency. pic.twitter.com/dnmHCCEphi
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Klobuchar also noted that Democrats would not gain a Supreme Court seat with Breyer’s retirement, “but at least it doesn’t put it at 7-2.”
She has previously said that if Breyer decides to retire, he should do it “sooner rather than later,” pointing to the current makeup of the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority.
A potential conservative majority in the Senate following the 2022 midterm election could make it difficult for President BidenJoe BidenMilley says civil war ‘likely’ in Afghanistan Southeastern parts of Louisiana could have power restored as late as Sept. 29 It’s time to transform our unemployment system MORE to successfully confirm liberal Supreme Court justices if vacancies arise.
The Supreme Court last week refused to block a Texas law that prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat’s presence has been detected, which can be as early as six weeks after a woman becomes pregnant.
The law also rewards private citizens each time they are able to successfully sue someone who conducts the medical procedure or aids someone aiming to receive one.
Supporters for abortion rights are concerned “copy cat” laws could start popping up in other states, given the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Cheney elevated as vice chair of Jan. 6 committee GOP senators call on Biden to release info on Americans, visa applicants left in Afghanistan MORE (R) told Bash on Sunday that he opposes the provision in the Texas law that allows private citizens to “tattle” on others.
“So, look, for me I’m pro-life, but what I don’t like to see is this idea of every citizen being able to tattle, sue an Uber driver, as you said, be deputized to enforce this abortion law to whatever they want,” Kinzinger said.
“I think, if you’re going to do something on abortion, it’s a debate that we should have that’s open and not just opening people up to be sued for any bit part in that process.”