Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Supreme Court’s decision in favor a Texas law banning most abortions shows the need for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire.
“If he is seriously considering retirement — and he has said he would do it based on not only his own health, but also the future of the court — if this decision doesn’t cry out for that, I don’t know what does,” Klobuchar said, according to the Washington Times.
“That’s not going to change the results [of rulings] necessarily, but at least it doesn’t put it at 7-2,” the senator added.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Roe v. Wade: “These three Trump-appointed justices plus two conservatives that were already on the court had their own agenda. And that’s why it is on Congress to put this into law.” pic.twitter.com/KaqimVlsYV
— The Hill (@thehill) September 3, 2021
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last week that a new Texas bill banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected could stand. A fetal heartbeat is often detected at around six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.
The 83-year-old Breyer has not stated plans for retirement. However, many Democrats have encouraged him to retire while Biden is in the White House and Democrats hold power in the Senate in order to nominate and approve a liberal justice to replace him.
The current court includes six conservative and three liberal justices. Trump appointed three vacancies during his four years to flip the power to a new conservative majority.
The pressure for Breyer to retire continues to increase, but only he can choose when the move will take place. Until then, he plans to continue serving despite the risks it may leave for his party in the future.