February 7, 2020 - Candidates Asked if They Would have a “Litmus Test” on Abortion Rights in Choosing Supreme Court Justices

At the eighth Democratic presidential debate, moderator David Muir asks multiple candidates whether or not they would have a “litmus test” in selecting Supreme Court justices to ensure they supported women’s right to abortions. Biden responds by touting his role in selecting progressive women justices like Kagan, Sotomayor, and Ginsburg, who he argues have defended this right. He goes on to say, “A woman does have a right to choose. I would in fact, if they rule it to be unconstitutional, I will send to the United States Congress and it will pass.” Warren responds: “Look, I’ve lived in an America in which abortion was illegal and rich women still got abortions and that’s what we have to remember about this. States are heading toward trying to ban abortion outright and the Supreme Court seems headed in exactly that direction as well. If we are going to protect the people of the United States of America and we are going to protect our rights to have dominion over our own bodies, then it’s going to mean we can’t simply rely on the courts. Three out of every four people in America believe right now that the rule of Roe versus Wade should be the law. That means we should be pushing for a Congressional solution as well. It is time to have a national law to protect the right of a woman’s choice.” Klobuchar answers: “I would only appoint judges that would respect precedent and one of those key precedents is Roe v. Wade. In addition, you have got to put it into law.” She adds she we must make this case “strongly and loudly.”