Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just floated the idea of a national ban on abortion, The Hill reports.
McConnell did so during an interview that he recently did with USA Today.
To put McConnell’s statement into context, he was commenting on the recently-leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision draft that overturned the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. McConnell spoke about what Americans might expect if this leaked decision ends up becoming a reality.
“If the leaked opinion became the final opinion, legislative bodies — not only at the state level but at the federal level — certainly could legislate in that area,” McConnell said. “And, if this were the final decision, that was the point that it should be resolved one way or another in the legislative process.”
“So yeah, it’s possible,” McConnell concluded, referring to a national abortion ban.
We have already seen a Republican push in this direction at the state level. Some Republican-led states have anti-abortion laws that would immediately take effect should the Supreme Court overturn Roe. Many Republican-led states have also been pushing new anti-abortion legislation, such as the Texas Heartbeat Act.
What caused this push was the U.S. Supreme Court’s new conservative majority. This majority signaled to pro-life advocates that there is a possibility of overturning Roe as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
It is now expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe in the near future when it delivers its decision on the legality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. This would return the controversial issue of abortion to the state level, where communities can decide whether or not they want to legalize abortions.
Republicans, in general, believe this is the way in which the abortion issue ought to be handled.