Democratic group claims Cory Gardner backs bill to ‘ban all abortions’ image

PolitiFact, August 21, 2014
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)


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[...] By suggesting that a fetus has the "right to life," the bill challenges the Supreme Court's past support for a constitutional right to abortion. An act of Congress cannot overrule the constitution, meaning the Supreme Court would have to change its past positions on abortion. That's possible, but even if the bill is a vehicle to challenge Roe vs. Wade and subsequent decisions, it's not clear that the outcome would "ban all abortions."

Glenn Cohen, codirector of the Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard University, said claiming that the personhood bill would ban all abortions "might be a bit strong." Depending on how courts rule, it might still be possible that exceptions could be made in cases where the mother's life or health was at risk, he said.  "One could believe that fetuses are persons but still have those exceptions on a theory like self defense," Cohen said.  [...]

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