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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped into the Supreme Court over the weekend as women and even men protested to uphold the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision. Pelosi said Democrats must stay focused, noting the repercussions of the court overturning such a decision.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the top House Democrat targeted the three conservative justices that were appointed by former President Donald Trump: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett – all of whom backed the draft majority opinion authored by Samuel Alito – despite saying otherwise during their Senate confirmation hearings.
Pelosi said Democrats must focus on protecting the other freedoms that may now be at risk should the ruling be overturned by the end of the court’s term this year, citing marriage equality and contraception as what may be at stake.
“Understand this. This is not just about terminating a pregnancy. This is about contraception, family planning,” said Pelosi.
“This is a place where freedom and the kitchen table, issues of America’s families, come together. What are the decisions that a family makes? What about contraception for young people? It’s beyond just a particular situation. It’s massive in terms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, a woman’s right to decide,” said Pelosi.
Pelosi’s comments came a day after the nationwide protests calling to uphold Roe v. Wade. The top House Democrat maintained that Democrats did what they could to protect abortion rights through legislation. Pelosi noted that the House has already passed a bill to codify Roe v. Wade as federal law, but the bill has stalled in the Senate.
The top congressional Democrat also weighed in on the latest moves by the congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection of January 6. The panel has recently issued subpoenas to sitting Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Pelosi was pressed whether the House would vote to hold certain GOP lawmakers in contempt should they refuse to comply with a subpoena.
“Well, the committee will take this one step at a time. But I’m very proud of the committee. They’re working in a very strong bipartisan way to seek the truth, to find the truth of what happened with an assault,” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”