Elizabeth Warren: It’s “Extremist” to Protect Babies From Being Killed in Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 25, 2021   |   9:57AM   |   Washington, DC

Senator Elizabeth Warren slammed the U.S. Supreme Court as “extremist” Sunday after the justices agreed to hear another major abortion case this fall.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, supports abortions without limits up to birth and wants to force taxpayers to pay for them – positions that polls consistently show are extreme and out of touch with Americans.

However, in interview with MSNBC on Sunday, Warren claimed that the high court and those who are working to protect unborn babies from abortions are the real extremists, according to Breitbart.

“Look, the court has signaled 40 different ways that it is an extremist court, out of step with the American people, and that it’s willing to line up and take a shot at Roe v. Wade,” Warren told “The Sunday Show.”

On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Biden administration’s challenge to a Texas law that prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. The court did not grant the pro-abortion administration’s request to block the law, but it did expedite the case, scheduling arguments for Nov. 1.

The high court also plans to hear another major abortion case out of Mississippi in December to consider if the state may ban abortions after 15 weeks. Currently, Roe prohibits states from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability, about 22 weeks.

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Warren said she believes the Supreme Court will overturn Roe or at least restrict it.

“Now, whether they’ll get rid of it entirely or just let the states continue to chip at it, come on,” she said. “They’ve given us every possible signal. But for me, what that means is it’s time for Congress to step up.”

She pointed to a poll showing that 70 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade, and argued that Congress should act to keep abortion on demand legal. Warren said abortion is one of the main reasons why she wants to end the filibuster in the Senate, Mediaite reports.

“About 70 percent of Americans say they want that to remain the law of the land,” she said. “We don’t need the Supreme Court to do that. The United States Congress could do that. When 70 percent of the people support something, by golly, I think we ought to get out there and get it done.”

The problem is that most polls that ask about Roe v. Wade are misleading because they do not explain what the infamous 1973 case allows. When asked specific questions about abortion restrictions, polls consistently show that Americans oppose what Roe v. Wade does: It forces states to legalize abortions without limits up to viability and allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

National polls by Marist and Gallup consistently find that a majority of Americans want all or most abortions to be illegal. A poll this year from AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a strong majority of Americans believe states should be allowed to ban abortions after the first trimester. According to the poll, 65 percent said most or all second-trimester abortions should be illegal; the number increased to 80 percent in the third trimester.

Other recent polls have found support for or close division about heartbeat laws like the one in Texas.

A new Saint Louis University/YouGov poll found 56 percent of Missourians agree that the state should prohibit abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, including 57 percent of women. Similarly, an April poll by the University of Texas-Austin found that Texans support a six-week abortion ban. According to the poll, 49 percent support making abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, while 41 percent oppose it.

A national 2019 Hill/HarrisX poll also found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive.