Roe v. Wade Case Could Drive Forward Supreme Court Expansion Efforts

Roe v. Wade Case Could Drive Forward Supreme Court Expansion Efforts

( – Democrats have been up in arms about the Supreme Court since Donald Trump’s three appointments shifted the court’s balance in favor of Conservatives. Democrats have been pushing to expand the court, and recent developments may have provided the incentive for them to make it a priority.

Congressional Democrats unveiled a proposal to expand the Supreme Court from 9 justices to 13 on April 15. The measure never took off because too many Senate Democrats come from swing states, making it unlikely they could get 50 votes, much less convince at least 10 Republicans to vote for the expansion.

However, in the wake of the Supreme Court taking up an abortion case that could challenge Roe v. Wade, some Democrats are renewing their call for reforming the court.

The Hill reported on May 24 that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said any effort to chip away at Roe v. Wade would “inevitably… drive an effort to expand the Supreme Court.” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) echoed that sentiment.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns that expanding the Supreme Court would give Democrats an unfair advantage since it would grant them control of all three branches of government. The good news remains that a bitterly divided Senate is unlikely to pass any measure by the required 60 votes for passage, much less one to expand the Supreme Court.

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