GOP senator: Supreme Court abortion cases were 'wrongly decided as a constitutional matter'

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Iran announces it will exceed uranium stockpile restraints of nuclear deal MORE (R-Ark.) said in an NBC interview that aired Sunday that he believes landmark Supreme Court cases on abortion were "wrongly decided as a constitutional matter."

"Those decisions were wrongly decided as a constitutional matter," Cotton said on "Meet the Press" during a discussion on the cases of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey that established and upheld abortion rights. 

Cotton argued that politicians should be the ones who make the decisions on abortion.

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"These are decisions that the American people ought to make through their elected representatives," he said. 

"People are going to make different decisions. Those decisions will have more democratic legitimacy … if they are available for democratic debate, if people of different viewpoints, through their elected representatives, can make these decisions informed by all of the relevant facts," he added. 

The abortion rights debate has come to the forefront recently as several states consider legislation to restrict abortion rights.

Last week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a bill into law that would ban abortions except when there is a threat to the mother's life. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill earlier this month that would outlaw abortion once a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat — usually about six weeks into a pregnancy.