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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Lawyer discusses potential row reversal in a historic abortion rights case

John Yang:

Judy led a weekend protest outside the homes of some conservative judges, including Brett Kavanaugh, after the court likely overturned Roe v. Wade, the White House warned today against threats, violence or vandalism.

The case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court is the first major challenge for Roe since the 1992 Planned Parenthood case of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

And while the court upheld some restrictions on abortion in that case, it also reaffirmed a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion before a fetus became viable and to do so without any government intervention.

Katherine Colbert argued that the case for Planned Parenthood. She is the co-author of the book “Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom”.

Katherine Colbert, thank you so much for joining us.

First, let me ask what was your reaction to the Opinion draft leaked last week?

Katherine Colbert, Planned Parenthood v. KC before the Supreme Court: I was not surprised.

I have been saying for some time that this current court, an ultra-Orthodox court, was ready to abolish Row. But I was surprised by its ferocity. I think the way the decision was framed not only reflects the closeness of these particular judges to the anti-abortion movement. He used the language of the anti-abortion movement. He used the arguments of those opposing abortion.

But, more importantly, he opened the door to the abolition of many rights based on the 14th Amendment. And I was surprised by it. I thought it would be too narrow.

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