GOP Rep, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, is leading the charge to overturn Roe v Wade, even if it means taking on his own party.
The Utah Republican says he wants to prevent Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from ruling on the matter.
The House Freedom Caucus says the Supreme court should not take up a case that would take away women’s rights.
Chaffetz is in charge of the House Oversight Committee, and his position is that the House should not confirm any nominee until it votes to confirm the president’s nominee.
Chaffetted, in a Thursday interview with The American Conservatives, told host Erick Erickson that he wants a Supreme Court nominee who can stand up to the right wing of the GOP and overturn Roe.
“There is no other way to explain why the Republicans have gone all out for a political power grab that would destroy Roe v., Wade,” Chaffetz said.
“I would love to be the nominee, but if the Democrats do it, they have to give me a way to undo Roe v, Wade.”
Chaffetz told Erickson, who is a staunch conservative, that he is “not trying to make a decision.
He is just saying he thinks that Roe should be upheld.”
In January, Chaffetz led a Republican effort to pass a resolution to block Thomas’ confirmation, even though the measure failed.
“The Constitution doesn’t allow for a president to nominate a justice for the Court if the Senate votes to reject him.
He should not be confirmed unless there is an overwhelming majority in the Senate and the Senate is in session,” Chaffett said.
Chaffett and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have said that if the court does not rule in favor of Roe v.?
Wade, the justices should overturn the decision.
Chaffets own district includes many conservative areas and is considered conservative enough to have a conservative Republican member of Congress.
The Freedom Caucus, a powerful group of House conservatives that includes Chaffetz and Sensenbill, has already taken steps to stop Thomas from becoming a Supreme Supreme Court justice.
In January the group called on the House Freedom Committee to vote to block his confirmation.
“We do not think the Supreme Judicial Court is the place to rule on abortion and its medical benefits,” the group said.
In his interview with Erickson on Thursday, Chaffet said he is not a member of the Freedom Caucus.
“What I am is not one of the most active members of the conservative wing of that party,” Chaffet told Ericickson.
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It would create a crisis in the Court of the people, and the people would have a constitutional right to reject the nomination,” he said.
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