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Mike Pence says Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t necessarily threaten same-sex marriage and birth control rights

Former Vice President Mike Pence gestures during the ‘Politics and Eggs’ breakfast, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Manchester, NHCharles Krupa/AP

  • Pence doesn’t think the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade threatens other civil rights.

  • Judge Thomas thinks SCOTUS should “reconsider” past rulings on gay rights and contraception.

  • The majority of the court “made it clear that their decision was about abortion,” Pence told RCP.

Former Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t believe the Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to abortion has implications for other civil rights, including access to contraception and couples’ rights of the same sex.

“I have enormous respect for Justice Clarence Thomas, but the majority of the Supreme Court in the Dobbs case made it clear that their decision was about abortion,” said Pence, a likely 2024 presidential candidate. in an interview with Real Clear Politics ahead of a gala hosted by an anti-abortion group in Washington, DC

Thomas, in his concurring opinion in the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, said the Court “should reconsider” its other decisions based on substantive due process under the 14th Amendment.

He specifically cited the Court’s 1966 decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which gave married couples the right to use contraception, its 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down state bans on same-sex sexual intimacy, and its 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which extended the right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide.

Pence distinguished between serious concerns about abortion laws and attempts “to create distractions in public debate,” at RCP, saying, “it looks like that.”

Thomas was the only Supreme Court justice to explicitly state that the court should review its precedents in other landmark civil rights cases. Nonetheless, her opinion alarmed civil rights advocates and spurred efforts by congressional Democrats to strengthen protections for same-sex marriage in legislation.

In July, the Democratic-controlled House passed a bill to codify the right to same-sex marriage with nearly 50 Republicans also backing the bill. The US Senate is expected to pass the legislation in the coming weeks, with Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin pressuring 10 of her fellow Republicans to also back the legislation and overcome the Senate filibuster.

Pence, an evangelical Christian and lifelong abortion advocate, told RCP that “it behooves us all to take the court at its word and focus on advancing the cause of life.”

Despite mounting election backlash from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Pence thinks conservatives and abortion advocates should continue to pursue abortion bans at the national and state levels, calling the proposed abortion ban “deeply more important than short-term policy.” term”. .”

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