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Federal judge explores new route to secure abortion rights

February 07, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: A federal judge has asked lawyers to explore the possibility that a right to abortion is protected by the US Constitution, despite the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Roe v. Wade decision.

In a case involving the prosecution of pro-life activists, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered lawyers to present arguments on whether the right to abortion is protected by the 13th Amendment. The judge, a Clinton appointee, reasoned that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case was based on the 14th Amendment, but a right to abortion might be found elsewhere in the Constitution.

The 13th Amendment outlaws slavery.

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