Democrats are calling for the Supreme Court to be stripped of its jurisdiction over abortion following the monumental overturn of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide.
“Congress is granted the authority to remove the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction under Article III,” Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Thursday. “To protect marriage equality, contraception, and more, we need to limit the power of the far-right Court that’s already overturned Roe v. Wade.”
In a letter sent to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrats call on the leaders to exercise Congress’ constitutional powers under Article III to “include language that removes the Supreme Court’s appellate jurisdiction over such legislation,” referring to Democratic plans for legislation that would “protect and enshrine abortion rights.”
“Congress can instead assign exclusive appellate jurisdiction to another federal court, such as the D.C. Circuit,” the letter said.
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