Swalwell pledges to appoint Supreme Court justices who defend Roe v. Wade

Swalwell pledges to appoint Supreme Court justices who defend Roe v. Wade
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration' MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday joined his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in pledging to appoint only Supreme Court justices who will defend Roe v. Wade.

"We will defend Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose at all costs. It is a basic human right to make decisions over your own body," he tweeted. "We need a #SCOTUS that follows the law, so I'll start by appointing justices who can do that."

Swalwell added that he would support repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions except when the life of the mother is at risk or in cases of rape and incest.

Swalwell's remarks come as momentum builds behind the push to codify Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (D-N.Y.) declared earlier this month that she would appoint only justices who support the ruling. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (D-N.J.) told BuzzFeed News in an interview Wednesday that he would also pledge to appoint only judges who support Roe v. Wade.


A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have doubled down on their support of the landmark ruling as a slate of GOP-led state legislatures have moved to push through anti-abortion legislation.

On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. Under the Alabama law, which Ivey said is unenforceable, physicians performing abortions could face felony charges and be punished by up to 99 years in prison.

The law, now the strictest abortion ban in the country, is designed to challenge Roe v. Wade. Abortion advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union already have vowed to fight the law in court.

Missouri's state Senate early Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion at eight weeks of pregnancy. Other states have considered or passed "heartbeat" bills that would ban abortion around six weeks into pregnancy, before most women know they're pregnant.