Judge Suggests 13th Amendment Prohibiting Slavery Provides Constitutional Right To Abortion

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | February 7, 2023
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The left is desperate to keep killing babies. 

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. suggested that abortion may still be a federal right baked into the 13th Amendment, the one that prohibited slavery. Throw it against the wall, and see if it sticks, Your Honor.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, appointee of former president Bill Clinton, turned heads this weekend with her suggestion. During an ongoing criminal case, Kollar-Kotelly proposed that the Dobbs ruling overturning Roe only concerned the 14th Amendment, and maybe there are "emanations" and "penumbras" elsewhere in the constitution. 

She suggested that the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, could “cement abortion rights,” as The Hill noted. 

Essentially she thinks that abortion should be protected because slavery is prohibited and a woman carrying a baby in utero is apparently a form of slavery.

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Lauren Handy and ten other defendants are on trial for supposedly “blocking” access to an abortion clinic. Kollar-Kotelly pushed a court order urging parties to consider the fact that the Dobbs decision only took the 14th Amendment into consideration.

Here’s what Kollar-Kotelly said in a statement:

The “issue” before the Court in Dobbs was not whether any provision of the Constitution provided a right to abortion. Rather, the question before the Court in Dobbs was whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution provided such a right. That is why neither the majority nor the dissent in Dobbs analyzed anything but the Fourteenth Amendment. In fact, on the Court’s initial review, not a single amicus brief mentioned anything but the Fourteenth Amendment and the unratified Equal Rights Amendment.

This judge is simply trying to convince the court and the public that there’s some sort of constitutional loophole that federally protects abortion. There isn’t. End of story. 

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