Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on potential impact of reversing Roe v. Wade

Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler says the goal of the hearing is to assess "all the implications" of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Updated: May 16, 2022 - 10:27am

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The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this week to consider some of the potential "implications" of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, says panel Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler.

"What are the implications?," the New York Democrat told NBC on Friday. "I think we know a lot of them but what are all the implications?"

The list of those invited to testify Wednesday has yet to made public but House Democrats have been discussing holding such hearing since the Supreme Court draft opinion leak several weeks ago that indicated the high court may soon overturn the landmark 1973 decision that provides women with the constitutional right to an abortion.

The conservative-leaning court is expected to announces it decision next month on a Mississippi abortion case that will decide the future of Roe v. Wade. 

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean told NBC the hearing will "expose the extremism of this leaked opinion – it is literally undoing 50 years of precedent and signaling that they will go after other privacy rights. Nobody is safe."

Last week, Senate Democrats failed to pass a bill that would have codified Roe v. Wade and gone even further than the court decision to protect a woman's right to have an abortion. 

Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined fellow lawmakers on the steps of the Capitol building to encourage Americans to participate in pro-abortion protests across the country. 

"We want you to know we fully intend to protect Roe v. Wade, and we will be doing it every single day to protect those who seek care and those who provide care," the California Democrat said.

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