Congressman Fred Upton has yet to join the abortion challenge
Only one Michigan Republican member in the US House of Representatives failed to sign a brief in a key abortion rights case before the US Supreme Court. Everything indicates that 6th District GOP congressman Fred Upton, who serves southwest Michigan, will not be signing the court brief. Congressman Upton’s communications director has so far not answered a direct question about the issue.
3rd District Republican Peter Meijer, who represents Calhoun County, supports the abortion challenge. The same goes for the remaining 5 Republicans representing Michigan in the United States House.
The case originated in Mississippi. The Supreme Court of the United States agrees to hear the case surrounding the law of this state banning abortions after 15 weeks.
The so-called amicus brief spells out the essence of Republican support for the case. It reads in part: “The Mississippi case offers the court a chance to loosen its grip on abortion policy. As Congress and States have shown they are ready and able to approach the problem in a way that reflects the different perspectives of Americans and is grounded in the science of fetal development and maternal health. “
Conventional wisdom leans toward the possibility that states would be allowed to set their own guidelines on abortion procedures if the United States Supreme Court decides to overturn the highly controversial Roe v Wade decision that allowed legal abortions to begin. in large scale. The governors of 12 states also submit a brief in the case, adding their substantial political weight to the matter.
The Michigan Advance reports that there is a significant pullback to the potential Roe v Wade overthrow. The Advance quotes Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, as saying that public sentiment is against canceling the landmark case. “If it wasn’t already clear, these Republican governors and members of Congress explained it to us: they want to ban abortion outright. It’s deeply out of step with the American public – 80% of whom support access to a safe and legal abortion. And at a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise again across the country, it is immoral and irresponsible that these elected officials continue to prioritize blocking access to health care essential to the safety of their citizens. “
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