If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 45-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, Arizona could be one of the first states in the nation to ban abortion.
For abortion-rights activists, who rallied online support using the hashtag #CoatHangersForCollins, the hangers serve as a visceral symbol of the high stakes of the abortion debate.
Instead, a repeal of Roe would shift the battle from the federal courts to state legislatures, where lawmakers in every state would make their own rules about when, where and under what circumstances women could obtain abortions.
Such a decision is increasing in likelihood in a world where the Supreme Court is made of a conservative majority.
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For most activists in the pro-life movement, a mere reversal of Roe was not what they wanted anyway, because they knew that reversing Roe would not end legalized abortion in the United States.
"It's a very thin line between putting a woman in prison for a stillbirth or a miscarriage that she's blamed for-for something she did during her pregnancy-and criminalizing abortions", Roberts claimed. "Roe v. Wade is the untold story of how people lied, how the media lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass a law that has since killed over 60 Million Americans", reads a funding appeal for the movie. In 1981, she testified before Congress in support of a bill that, if passed, would have allowed states to prosecute abortion as murder, The New York Times reports.
Democrats did not immediately begin to react against Republican judicial nominees, however.
This Court-centered strategy suited the goals of conservative Republicans in the Reagan administration a lot more than a constitutional amendment did.
All this means the outcome of a confirmation vote is uncertain. In fact, the fight for the Supreme Court is why many evangelicals and Catholics broke late for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.
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