The Latest: Kamala Harris open to reforming Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates and abortion (all times local):
Kamala Harris says she is “open” to a debate over reforming the Supreme Court.
Campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate and California senator said she’d consider increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court. She said she’d also consider term limits and limiting the number of nominees a president can put forward.
Her comments come after Alabama approved a ban on nearly all abortions, a move that’s part of a larger effort by conservatives to press the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Harris and other Democratic presidential candidates have roundly criticized the measure.
Democratic presidential candidates are condemning Alabama’s approval of a ban on nearly all abortions, and warning that Republican-controlled legislatures around the country may follow suit.
Legal fights are likely ahead over the Alabama measure, if it becomes law, and over abortion restrictions in other conservative states. The Supreme Court, which affirmed women’s constitutional right to abortion in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, has added two conservative members under President Donald Trump.
On the Alabama measure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted: “This is wrong. This is unconstitutional.”
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said via Twitter, “We will fight these dangerous efforts with everything we’ve got in legislatures across the country.”
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told CNN, “It’s certainly the intention of President Trump and the Republican Party to overturn Roe v. Wade.”