JUDGE: Abortion Protected By 13th Amendment Despite SCOTUS Ruling

  • A federal judge suggested that the federal right to abortion — which the Supreme Court overturned last year — might still be protected by the Constitution’s 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
  • Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly posed that hypothetical in a court order in a case against anti-abortion activists charged with blocking access to an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C.
  • The judge, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, asked lawyers to file briefs on the question of whether the Supreme Court’s decision is limited to 14th Amendment grounds.
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