Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for special session on abortion rights

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Abortion rights proponents say they're anxious about what will happen to abortion access if President Trump appoints a Supreme Court justice willing to overturn the landmark decision Roe v. Wade.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, responded on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, which helped compile a list of 25 potential nominees from which the president has said he would make his selection. They also argue it ultimately only punishes impoverished women, as people from wealthy families can afford to travel to states or countries where abortion is legal. One of these will have to get to the Supreme Court to enable a majority to overturn Roe.

Kennedy, by contrast, was a swing vote on abortion issues.

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As of now, four states - Louisiana, Mississippi and North and South Dakota - have what are known as abortion "trigger laws".

Dawn Laguens, the Executive Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said at a press conference in D.C. Thursday that any Supreme Court nominee must be held to the "higher standard" of agreeing that women have a right to abortion and contraception as well as affirming LGBT rights. The idea that it was Roe that produced legal abortion in the United States is a modern myth that no pro-life activist in 1973 believed.

Cuomo also backs a measure, known as the Reproductive Health Act, or RHA, which would codify the rights in the Roe v. Wade case into NY law.

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"I had an abortion at 19, after rape, and I wouldn't want my daughter, God forbid anything like that happened to her, I wouldn't want her at 19 to be in a position where she didn't have access to safe and legal abortions", said Long.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) attends a lunch meeting for Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room at the White House June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

For a decade, pro-life organizations focused most of their efforts on campaigning for an antiabortion constitutional amendment, but by the mid-1980s it became apparent that, even with a Republican Senate and a Republican president, there was no chance that they could get this amendment through Congress, let alone convince the requisite number of state legislatures to ratify it.

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This Court-centered strategy suited the goals of conservative Republicans in the Reagan administration a lot more than a constitutional amendment did. In fact, the fight for the Supreme Court is why many evangelicals and Catholics broke late for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 98-0 in 1986. Democrats need to maintain their votes, plus one Republican to vote against the nominee to halt confirmation. He rewarded them with the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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