With Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., having set the precedent when it comes to getting away with threatening the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., warned the high court on Monday that they will spark a “revolution” if they overturn precedent in a potential landmark abortion case.
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week in a case centered on Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law that has the potential to decide the fate of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, and during a virtual event Monday featuring New Hampshire’s entire House and Senate delegation, Shaheen commented on the potential reaction if that happened, following a question from WMUR reporter Adam Sexton about whether public debate over abortion had “muted” over the years, Fox News reported.
“I hope the Supreme Court is listening to the people of the United States because – to go back to Adam Sexton’s question – 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,” Shaheen said. “Because I think that will not be acceptable to young women or young men.”
.@SenatorShaheen on new abortion restrictions going into effect in N.H. & the upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case: “I think if you want to see a revolution, go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is…” #NHPolitics #WMUR pic.twitter.com/O7weoVuOSk
— Adam Sexton (@AdamSextonWMUR) November 29, 2021
The remark is not all that different from Schumer saying in March 2020 that Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, “won’t know what hit” them if they voted to uphold abortion restrictions.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer warned the Trump appointees.
The threat provoked a rare rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, who publicly chastised Schumer.
“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said at the time. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
The court currently consists of a 6-3 majority of justices appointed by Republicans, and the case being heard Wednesday, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, centers on a Mississippi law that’s a clear challenge of Roe in banning abortion after 15 weeks, Fox News noted. The concern on the left is that a decision will overturn the landmark decision. On the other hand, a Roberts-led court has shown little courage in taking on such a monumental issue.
In reality, overturning Roe v. Wade would not outlaw abortion in the U.S., but would instead push the issue back to the states. Individual states could restrict abortion in the first two trimesters or they may impose stricter limits like Texas did, limiting abortions to six weeks. The Texas law is being challenged in a separate Supreme Court case.
The reaction to the story online suggests that Democrats have a standard all their own when it comes to incendiary rhetoric… here’s a sampling of some of those responses from Twitter:
Leftist senator threatens Supreme Court on abortion. https://t.co/am0yD8tVPI
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 30, 2021
I’d love to hear Shaheen explain what “outlaw Roe v. Wade” means.
Dems have spent years convincing people that overturning Roe would outlaw abortion, when in reality it just gives power back to states.
NH allows abortion up to week 24. Overturning Roe will not change that. https://t.co/KJIMRonxQr
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 29, 2021
Sitting senator calling for revolution and inciting violence? Where’s the FBI?
— Mythrandar (@Mythrandar1st) November 30, 2021
— Beatrix Kiddo (@Beatrix1313) November 30, 2021
senator, it would serve those who have elected you better to observe and respect the courts of this land.
— Slayer1 (@Slayer164588497) November 30, 2021
Wait, isn’t threatening revolution kind of like an insurrection 🤔😏😏😏😏
— TheOnlyDirtyHarry (@TheOnlyDirtyHa1) November 30, 2021
Sounds terribly like a threat
— @two dogs (@fenders06) November 30, 2021
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