Jul 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

12 Republican governors ask Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

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Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Twelve Republican governors on Thursday filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which set a precedent for the constitutional right to abortion.

Why it matters: The governors were writing in support of an upcoming case concerning Mississippi's law that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Governors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas joined South Carolina in signing the brief.
  • 228 Republican members of Congress also sent a brief on Thursday asking the court to overturn Roe, CNN reports.
  • The Supreme Court, which currently has a conservative majority, is slated to hear arguments in Mississippi's case this fall.

What they're saying: "The Court’s decisions in Roe and Casey are prime examples of invading an area that has not been committed to the Federal Government and remains reserved to the States," the brief read.

  • "[D]e-constitutionalizing abortion should lower the proverbial temperature in these debates," it continued.

The big picture: Abortion would remain legal in 21 states and would likely be prohibited in 24 states and three territories if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to the Center for Reproductive Right's "What if Roe Fell?" project.

  • The vast majority of Americans want to leave Roe v. Wade in place, an Axios survey found.
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