A controversial senator allegedly warned two judges they would face dire consequences if they failed to support a pro-choice lawsuit in the nation’s highest court.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been accused of threatening to blackmail Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, if they opposed abortion cases before the Supreme Court in Washington.
“Behind me, inside the walls of this court, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments, as you know, for the first major abortion right cases since Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch came to the bench,” Schumer said at a rally hosted by the Center for Reproductive Rights. “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price.”
The senator further suggested he would strike hard and fast if the pair did not agree with the Democratic Party’s policy on a woman’s decision to seek a health professional for terminating a pregnancy.
“Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we have not seen in modern history,” he said. “From Louisiana to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they are taking away fundamental rights … you will not know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
The remarks add weight to Rep. Ann Wagner’s (R-Mo.) recent allegation that House Democrats do not recognize a newborn’s right to receive urgent medical attention.
“The Democrat[ic] leadership has refused to put my legislation, lifesaving legislation the Born Alive Act on the floor 80 times this Congress,” Wagner told the House according to a C-Span video uploaded to YouTube.
Wagner was “appalled and saddened” that so many House Democrats do not support babies receiving lifesaving care after they are born, especially since 70 percent of voters who identify as Democrats support the legislation.
“Their representatives ignore their voices … [why] would you deny these innocent children that care and allow them to be discarded and left to die?” she said. “Denying lifesaving medical care to infants is a violation of our Constitution and an egregious offense against basic human dignity.”
Wagner vowed to continue bringing the legislation to a vote until the House finally passed it.
“Over the course of the past year radical legislators from New York to Illinois to Virginia have moved to strip protections for a baby who survives abortion,” she said. “I will not stop until we get a vote on this critically important bill.”