By Harold Hutchison
Democratic lawmakers called for expanding the Supreme Court and abolishing the filibuster following a string of Supreme Court rulings not in their favor this week.
Many Democrats and liberals reacted with anger over the three 6-3 rulings that covered the exclusion of religious schools from a taxpayer-funded voucher program, expanded gun rights involving concealed carry and overturned Roe v. Wade’s findings on abortion, sending the power to limit abortion rights back to the states.
“This far-right Supreme Court has ended reproductive freedom as we know it,” Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York said after the high court issued its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “We must expand the Court.”
This far-right Supreme Court has ended reproductive freedom as we know it. We must expand the Court 👇🏿 pic.twitter.com/PFsKWDIkCk
— Mondaire Jones (@MondaireJones) June 24, 2022
“I ask my colleagues in the Senate what other judicial outrage must we endure from the illegitimate, far-right majority on the Supreme Court before we act?” Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts posted. “Fight back and expand the Court now.”
Thirteen states stand poised to enforce radical and unjust bans on abortion. The Court’s decision has destroyed nearly fifty years of precedent and will allow the criminalization of the right to this essential healthcare.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) June 24, 2022
The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen also drew calls for expanding the Supreme Court.
“The Court is out of touch,” Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington said. “We need to expand SCOTUS to restore legitimacy and public faith.”
While parents worry about their children being shot in schools, the Supreme Court legitimizes the NRA’s argument for more guns on the streets.
The Court is out of touch. We need to expand SCOTUS to restore legitimacy and public faith.https://t.co/SGtBbTo8W8
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) June 24, 2022
“SCOTUS is corrupt,” liberal commentator Brian Tyler Cohen tweeted. “It’s no less partisan than Congress. Everyday we continue to PRETEND that that’s not the case or that there’s no recourse, we’re making the conscious decision to hand extremist Republicans these wins. There IS recourse. When we can, we have to expand the Court.”
SCOTUS is corrupt. It’s no less partisan than Congress. Everyday we continue to PRETEND that that’s not the case or that there’s no recourse, we’re making the conscious decision to hand extremist Republicans these wins. There IS recourse. When we can, we have to expand the Court.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 23, 2022
The ruling in Carson v. Makin that struck down Maine’s exclusion of religious schools from a public school voucher program prompted one law professor to demand expansion of the Supreme Court.
“Carson v. Makin creates a doozy of a constitutional crisis,” Roger Quiles, an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, posted. “Expand SCOTUS.”
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