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01st Dec 2021

Mike Pence is calling for abortion laws in the US to be completely overturned

He is calling for huge changes.

Former vice president of the United States Mike Pence has asked the Supreme Court to “make history” by overturning the abortion laws across the country.

The Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation, a case that could set the precedent that would directly challenge the abortion rights in the US.

“We are asking the court in no uncertain terms to make history,” Pence said during a speech in Washington.

“We are asking the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v Wade and restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law.”

Pence’s calls for these laws to be overturned comes as the courts will weigh whether or not to uphold a Mississippi law that currently bans abortion after 15 weeks, with limited exceptions.

The court is also looking at the challenges when it comes to the Texas law that now bans abortions after six weeks, the timeframe where many women don’t know they are even pregnant.

The court could now decide to uphold the current precedent, allow the law to stand which would remove the current viability standard or overturn Roe v Wade entirely.

In a statement earlier this year, Nancy Northrup, the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said that the state’s case is “extreme and regressive.”

Northrup’s organisation brought the case to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“Their goal is for the Supreme Court to take away our right to control our own bodies and our own futures – not just in Mississippi, but everywhere,” Northrup said.

“Women of childbearing age in the US have never known a world in which they don’t have this basic right.”

The decision is expected by late June and could make significant changes for next year’s midterm elections.