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Pence says he hopes Supreme Court will further restrict abortions

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Former Vice President Mike Pence said he hopes the conservative majority established on the Supreme Court under his and former President Donald Trump's administration will restrict abortion access in the United States.

Pence made his remarks Thursday at a Budapest forum for demographics and family values with conservative leaders from central Europe. Some were expressing concerns about falling birthrates in Western countries and discussing ways to reverse the pattern.

“We may well have a fresh start in the cause of life in America," Pence said at the Budapest Demographic Summit, according to Bloomberg. “It is our hope and our prayer that in the coming days, a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States will take action to restore the sanctity of life in the center of American law.”

The former vice president gave praise to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a conservative leader who has seen declining abortion rates under his leadership in Hungary. Pence also lauded the 300 conservative judges appointed to federal courts under the Trump administration, including three new Right-leaning justices to the Supreme Court.

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“We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself. The erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, rising divorce, widespread abortion, and plummeting birth rates,” Pence said.

Abortion rights activists have raised concerns with recent Texas legislation restricting abortions after approximately six weeks of gestation — a law that also allows anyone who successfully sues someone for facilitating an abortion an entitlement of at least $10,000.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal earlier this month that sought to block enforcement of the law.

Court precedent, first established with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and reaffirmed in the 1992 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey decision, is that there is a legal right to abortion before the fetus reaches the gestational age at which it's likely to survive outside the womb.

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However, the court is slated to consider a Mississippi ban on most abortions after 15 weeks.

Justices will hear arguments about the restrictive law on Dec. 1, and a decision on the matter is expected in June 2022, just before the midterm elections.

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