House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she viewed the Wednesday Supreme Court hearing involving a Mississippi abortion law “as a very dark day,” adding that justices considering overturning judicial precedent legalizing abortion “need a session on the birds and the bees for some of the kinds of statements they make."
Pelosi, a California Democrat and staunch supporter of abortion rights, called on Congress to pass legislation codifying into law the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
“We have a situation where, for us. we believe the strongest weapon that we have here is to pass the Roe v. Wade codification,” Pelosi told reporters.
The House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act earlier this year, but the legislation faces a GOP filibuster in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that he plans to bring up the bill.
The legislation would make it illegal to prevent or limit medical providers from performing abortions.
Democrats say they fear the Supreme Court is on the verge of overturning the 1973 Roe ruling.
During oral arguments on Wednesday, several GOP-appointed justices signaled support for a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks.
The high court arguments rattled pro-abortion rights groups and Democratic lawmakers, who fear the end of legal abortions in many states.
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“It shouldn't be up to any of us to decide whether a woman and her family, her husband, or her partner decides is right for them and their family and their future childbearing possibilities,” Pelosi said. “So it's scary. It's really scary. And I say that as a practicing Catholic.”