Ilhan Omar slams Supreme Court and GOP as ‘extremists’ after Roe reversal

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Rep. Ilhan Omar renewed criticism against the Supreme Court for its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month, denouncing the court and anti-abortion Republicans as “extremists.”

Omar’s criticism comes in response to the House passing legislation that would codify abortion rights and protect reproductive rights after the court reversed the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The bill, however, is likely doomed in the 50-50 Senate.

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“Grateful to everyone who is helping us fight against extremists who want to control every aspect of our lives,” Omar said in a tweet. “Freedom is a cornerstone of our country and we won’t go back.”

The House on Friday passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, a sweeping abortion rights bill that had already been passed by the chamber this Congress. The legislation had previously been taken up by Congress, but lawmakers renewed their efforts to consider the bill after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

Proponents of the bill say it codifies the standards previously set by Roe into law, but opponents say it would go beyond by undoing state-level restrictions that had previously been upheld by the courts.

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The bill, which passed the House on Friday with a 219-210 vote, was considered by Congress in February. However, it failed to gain traction in the Senate as it was unable to surpass the 60-vote threshold needed to clear the chamber’s filibuster for a vote.