Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen warned the U.S. Supreme Court to expect “a revolution” if it overturns Roe v. Wade and allows states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
Shaheen, a pro-abortion Democrat from New Hampshire, commented on the infamous abortion ruling as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a major abortion case Wednesday.
“I think if you want to see a revolution, go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people,” she told WMUR 9 in an interview Tuesday.
“This infringement on women’s rights, on our privacy, on the attempt to have state control over our personal health really is what we would see in an authoritarian state,” Shaheen continued.
Her words are evocative of a threat that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, made against Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch in 2020 if they try to overturn Roe.
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“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price,” Schumer yelled in front of a crowd of abortion activists. “You won’t know what hit you if you go through with these awful decisions.”
A major abortion decision from the high court likely will come soon. Pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear the court will uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks and end five decades of forcing states to legalize abortion on demand through the second trimester.
Currently, under Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability, about 22 weeks of pregnancy. For the first time in decades, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to re-consider this precedent in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health and decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”
Abortion activists are loud, but they are a vocal minority. Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortions in the second and third trimesters and many support heartbeat laws that protect unborn babies at their earliest stage of life.
One recent Associated Press poll found 65 percent of Americans believe most or all second-trimester abortions should be illegal, which is what the Mississippi law does. Additionally, 80 percent believe most or all abortions should be illegal in the third trimester.
On Twitter, many people pointed Shaheen to these polls and other evidence that her pro-abortion position is what is really extreme.
“The senator fails to recognize that a majority of the young people support protecting unborn babies from the violence of abortion,” responded Brad Mattes, president of Life Issues Institute.
Another person, Rob Pierce, asked Shaheen to show where the U.S. Constitution mentions abortion: “Please quote in the constitution where abortions are mentioned? The judicial gymnastics performed by Roe v Wade was astounding and if on solid ground would not even be open for debate. Supporters of RVW are right to be scared.”
Others expressed concerns that the Democrat lawmaker was encouraging unlawful activity, writing, “Sitting senator calling for revolution and inciting violence? Where’s the FBI?” and “Threatening the separate but equal branch of government can cause just as much damage to democracy. Shameful even if I agree with her core belief.”
Roe v. Wade allows abortion on demand up to birth and forces states to legalize abortion up to viability. As a result, the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. Most countries, including in Europe, protect unborn babies from abortions after the first trimester.
Since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe in 1973, almost 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have been killed in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions. If the court overturns or chips away at Roe, thousands of babies could be spared from violent abortion deaths every year.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Mississippi case Wednesday morning. A ruling likely will be published in the summer of 2022.