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Nancy Pelosi worries Supreme Court might revisit abortion

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Sunday that she is concerned the Supreme Court could revisit the constitutionality of abortion.

“Yes, I do,” the California Democrat replied when asked about the issue by "Meet the Press" host David Gregory, who suggested that the Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act decision, which allows states to define marriage, could have ramifications for abortion policy.

“As you look at it, here’s the Supreme Court bringing back to the states power over big issues – like gay marriage,” Gregory had asked. “Do you see what’s happening in the states as – a p– the potential – laying the groundwork for the potential to undermine abortion rights? And might the Supreme Court even take that up again? Do you feel that pressure?”

Gregory then asked her to comment on the number of states moving to ban abortion five months into a pregnancy.

“I think we’re at a place where– a woman’s– health is danger– because of whether this family planning or contraception or any issues that relate to women’s health, there’s an assault on that in the Congress on the ongoing and in other parts of the country,” she replied. “So we have to be ever vigilant and– and fight for this. This is– again this is about respect for women, the judgments that women make and their doctors about their reproductive health. It’s an important part of who women are, their reproductive health.”

House Republicans recdently passed a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks.

“Science tells us that unborn babies react to touch as soon as 8 weeks into the pregnancy,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who managed the floor debate, wrote in Politico. “They feel pain by 20 weeks. For anyone who has ever seen an ultrasound of an unborn child, it’s clear they have distinct, human characteristics. Doctors have testified they have seen babies on the sonogram flinch and move away from sharp objects during surgical procedures or during abortions to avoid the pain. Technology has advanced and so should our laws to protect women and children.”

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