Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for the removal of Supreme Court justices | Roe vs. Wade

Political pressure is mounting on Joe Biden to take more action to protect abortion rights across the United States as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls on Supreme Court justices to be impeached for misleading statements about their views on Roe v Wade.

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks were aimed at Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Both were nominees by former President Donald Trump and had signaled they would not overturn the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade during confirmation hearings as well as in meetings with senators.

On Friday, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were part of the conservative majority that effectively ended legal abortion access in most states, and Ocasio-Cortez said ‘there must be consequences’ for that. .

“They lied,” the left-leaning second-term rep said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I believe that lying under oath is an impenetrable offense…and I believe it is something that should be very seriously considered.”

Ocasio-Cortez added that standing idly by “sends a resounding signal to all prospective candidates that they can now lie to the duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to gain…confirmations and seats on the Supreme Court. “.

She also mentioned the impeachment of Judge Clarence Thomas, whose wife Ginni emailed 29 Republican lawmakers in Arizona as she tried to help undermine Biden’s victory over Trump in the presidential election. of 2020. Thomas has not recused himself from election-related matters, drawing criticism.

“I think failing to recuse yourself from cases where family members are clearly involved in very deep conflict of interest violations are also impeachable offences,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Members of the House can remove a judge by a simple majority vote. But to be removed from office, a judge would have to be convicted by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

Biden’s Democratic party controls the House with a clear majority, but its position in the Senate is far more tenuous. The Senate is split 50-50, though Biden’s Vice President Kamala Harris could serve as a tie-breaker for votes that can be raised to a simple majority.

The president dismissed the Roe v Wade overthrow as “cruel”, but stopped short of calling for the removal of any judge. He also rejected the strategy proposed in some quarters to expand the Supreme Court in a way that would blunt his current conservative majority.

Nonetheless, on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez urged Biden to take personal action to resolve what she called the Supreme Court’s “legitimacy crisis.”

“President Biden needs to fix this,” she said.

Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Biden could order the opening of abortion clinics on federal lands in states where termination of pregnancy has been banned “to help people access the health services they need,” echoing an idea from Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. She also raised the possibility of expanding access to abortion pills that could be mailed to those in need.

The pressure on Biden follows the congresswoman’s remark earlier this month that she could not yet commit to backing him for another run at the White House in the 2024 election.

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on Sunday came after senators such as Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin of West Virginia said they felt misled by Friday’s controversial Supreme Court decision to end nearly of 50 years of protections granted by Roe against Wade.

Collins, a Republican, said she felt “misled” after Kavanaugh and Gorsuch said they would leave in place “long-standing precedents that the country has relied on” during their confirmation hearings and meetings with her.

Meanwhile, Manchin said he trusted both Kavanaugh and Gorsuch when they “testified under oath that they…believed Roe v Wade was established legal precedent.”

Manchin was the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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