Cuomo signs executive order to protect women's reproductive rights

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At the campaign-style event Monday, Cuomo said, "God told me I was a feminist when he gave me three daughters". It was public pressure that prevented a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act previous year, and abortion-rights advocates will likely be at least as loud as the Senate hearings for Kennedy's replacement get underway.

"That 71 percent that supports Roe needs to be heard loud and clear now", said Taylor-Nanista.

"On the question of Roe v. Wade, if confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

To Godsey's point, this week a New York Times story profiled the hard experiences of women who procured abortions from around the world, even in countries where the practice is largely prohibited. She initially claimed to have been raped, which might have allowed her to have an abortion legally since Texas law made exceptions for cases of rape and incest.

The situation in the 1950s and ‘'60s was that abortion was illegal, and women sought out doctors and others willing to perform illegal abortions under less-than-ideal circumstances or performed those abortions on themselves.

"We know what Trump's Supreme Court want to do, we must fight back", Cuomo says in the ad.

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"Roe v. Wade will be here forever", said Fitzpatrick.

The Tennessee measure was meant to overturn a state Supreme Court determination that the state constitution provided an even greater protection for abortion than the federal one. Assuming all forty-nine Senate Democrats toe the line, it will only take two Republican defectors to force Trump to nominate someone more like Kennedy than Clarence Thomas-not a liberal, but someone who will preserve the last shreds of the court's dignity and not let it devolve into a pawn of the Trump White House. Roe v. Wade upheld the constitutional right to an abortion, with the court finding that a right to privacy extended to a woman's right to an abortion.

The far right knows the stakes of this game, and they've been playing it for a long time.

AUL has been acting as the legal arm of the pro-life movement for the past several years, crafting state legislation that imposes everything from bans on abortion after just 6 weeks to required funerals for fetuses.

Here again, a frontal assault seems less likely than a sneak attack-a conservative state passing draconian restrictions that, for instance, force all abortion clinics to close or ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Despite the uphill battle ahead, Taylor-Nanista said she still has hope given that Colorado voters repeatedly rejected fetal personhood at the ballot box by a wide margin.

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In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the court "said you can't create an undue burden with those regulations" placed by states on women seeking abortions, Shumaker said.

"We're looking at a really deep push in states like Nevada and Colorado", said Hogue.

Weddington: No, because I look back at Griswold v. Connecticut, the contraception case, it was decided in 1965, and there was a period where there was still a lot of debate about contraception and whether or not women should have access to contraception and whether they should have to get their husbands' consent for them to use contraception.

"We never passed the New York State law because we relied on Roe v. Wade and everyone assumed it would always be there", Gov. Cuomo said.

Chemerinsky also said that he thinks "Roe will be threatened" by a change in the Court's ideological makeup, but it won't be the only case to be challenged.

Cuomo accused the Republican senators of drinking "the Trump Kool-Aid".

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