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Republicans Urge Supreme Court to Topple Roe, Slash Abortion Rights

  • All but three GOP senators back Mississippi ban after 15 weeks
  • Abortion case to be court’s first with three Trump appointees
Demonstrators with Students for Life call for the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett outside the Supreme Court on the third day of her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in 2020. 

Demonstrators with Students for Life call for the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett outside the Supreme Court on the third day of her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in 2020. 

Photographer: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images

A cascade of Republicans called on the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back constitutional abortion protections, potentially by overruling the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

In a brief filed Thursday, 228 GOP members of Congress urged the court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy -- and overturn Roe along the way if necessary. A separate brief from 12 Republican governors asked the court to toss out its abortion-rights precedents, arguing that “the authority to regulate abortion should be returned to the states.”