Thursday, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer is officially calling it quits at the Supreme Court.
Immediately, now-Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in as an associate justice to the Court, becoming the first Black woman to serve.
Brown Jackson, a hardcore liberal jurist, will give the more progressive wing of the left someone to cheer for in the Supreme Court. Expect rulings from Brown Jackson, who couldn’t define a woman during her confirmation hearing, to feature woke left-wing lingo. She also caught heat for going easy on pedophiles, over and over again, as a federal judge.
Ketanji Brown Jackson now becomes arguably the furthest left, openly-liberal Supreme Court Justice in United States history.
PLUS: Biden just announced he supports changes to the filibuster
According to Axios, President Joe Biden now supports making changes to the Senate filibuster in order to codify Roe v Wade abortion rights into law:
President Biden said Thursday he would support changing the Senate’s filibuster rules for Congress to pass a federal law codifying Roe v. Wade.
Why it matters: With the current 60-vote threshold, Democrats have few legislative options to fight the end of the nationwide right to an abortion.
The big picture: Democrats have previously attempted and failed to pass legislation to protect abortion rights on the federal level, and while they have a 50-vote majority in the Senate, such a bill cannot pass unless they change filibuster rules.
- Despite not meeting the 60-vote threshold, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that bills have been introduced to “codify freedoms which Americans currently enjoy,” such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
- Justice Clarence Thomas, who joined the Supreme Court majority in overturning Roe, said that he believes the court should reconsider landmark decisions on contraception access, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.
Driving the news: Biden said Roe should be codified and that “the way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to do that. … And if the filibuster gets in the way … we should provide an exception.”
- The president clarified that he believes the right to privacy should be codified, which would protect more than just abortion access on the federal level. It could include access to contraceptives and marriage equality.
What he’s saying: “The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States and overruling not only Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy,” Biden added.