Texas Abortion Case Draws Hundreds to Supreme Court

Sasse, R-Neb., exits the Supreme Court to speak to anti-abortion protesters Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers braved Wednesday’s heavy winds to stand outside the Supreme Court in solidarity with advocates opposing abortion or arguing for abortion rights.  

The eight-member Supreme Court heard a case on a Texas law that requires abortions to be done in ambulatory surgical centers and requires doctors to have admitting privileges to local hospitals and clinics. Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the court, while police struggled to keep traffic on First Street moving. “It is probably the most monumental decision that we’re going to see in a very, very long time here,” Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who supports abortion rights, told HOH. “You see the word 'trapped'? It’s called trapped legislation. It’s targeting the regulations of abortion clinics, so they really can’t perform a legal abortion.”  

Heritage Action Announces 2016 Summit Speakers

Ryan will keynote the Feb. 3 policy summit. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 Heritage Action for America conservative policy summit — scheduled for Feb. 3, between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries — will include more than 20 Republican lawmakers, featuring a keynote from Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. “Speaker Ryan shares Heritage Action’s desire to unite the conservative movement around policies ideas that will provide opportunity for all Americans and favoritism to none,” Heritage Action Communications and Government Relations Vice President Dan Holler said.  

Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., will also address the third annual summit  hosted by the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation.  

Ben Sasse Heads to Trump's Twitter Grounds


Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is engaging presidential hopeful Donald Trump, a notorious tweeter, and questioning everything from what his governing style would be if he were president to revisiting Trump's extramarital affair with Marla Maples. This isn't the first time the freshman senator has archly mused about a Trump presidency. In December, he spoke about the topic on the Senate floor, and his skepticism was unmistakable.