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Pro-life protetsors. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

39 Republican senators and 168 representatives signed an amicus brief on Thursday asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek an abortion.

The big picture: Roe v. Wade has, since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in 1973, served as a barrier against Republicans who have sought to restrict reproductive rights. But with the court's conservative majority and Trump in the Oval Office, right-leaning lawmakers have been testing the limits of the law.

  • A number of states have issued time restrictions on abortions in recent months, usually limiting the procedure to the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Many cases are being challenged in the courts, with reproductive-rights advocates arguing that curbing the procedure is against Constitutional protections.

Details... The following Republican senators signed the brief, which calls Roe v. Wade's standards unworkable:

  • Sen. John Kennedy (La.)
  • Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)
  • Sen. John Barrasso (Wy.)
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)
  • Sen. John Boozman (Ark.)
  • Sen. Mike Braun (Ind.)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.)
  • Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.)
  • Sen. Kevin Cramer (N.D.)
  • Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.)
  • Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.)
  • Sen. Michael Enzi (Wyo.)
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa)
  • Sen. Deb Fischer (Neb.)
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa)
  • Sen. John Hoeven (N.D.)
  • Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.)
  • Sen. James M. Inhofe (Okla.)
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (Wisc.)
  • Sen. James Lankford (Okla.)
  • Sen. Michael S. Lee (Utah)
  • Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
  • Sen. James Risch (Idaho)
  • Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.)
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah)
  • Sen. Mike Rounds (S.D.)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.)
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.)
  • Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (Penn.)
  • Sen. Roger F. Wicker (Miss.)
  • Sen. Todd Young (Ind.)

Republican senators who did not sign include: Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowksi (Alaska), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), David Perdue (Ga.), Rick Scott (Fla.) and Richard Shelby (Ala.)

  • Among the representatives who signed were Trump loyalists like Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Steve Scalise (R-La.).
  • Democratic Reps. Dan Lipinski (Ill.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.) also signed on.

Go deeper: How many steps it takes to get an abortion in each state

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State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Fauci: "Confident" Omicron cases will peak in February — FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized COVID patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated".
  2. Vaccines: Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO — Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics.
  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: Beijing Olympic Committee lowers COVID testing threshold ahead of Games — Beijing officials urge COVID-19 "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
  5. Variant tracker

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