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What “Mystery Group” Wants a Direct and Immediate Roe V. Wade Challenge?

Robin Marty

One anti-choice group is trying desperately to get a direct review of Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court, and is actively seeking politicians to help them.

Anti-choice activists have been taken the approach of chipping away at Roe V. Wade without trying to challenge it directly, stating a full challenge is too risky with the current makeup of the court.  They’ve tried to talk Ohio out of pushing for the “heartbeat ban,” and torpedoed a bill in North Dakota that would ban the procedure all together.

But the cautious approach has some definite dissenters, and they are getting more impatient and ambitious. Rep. John LaBruzzo in Louisiana is trying to push for a full abortion ban to challenge Roe V. Wade directly, and is doing it at the request of an anti-abortion group that wants to remain anonymous.


LaBruzzo, describing himself as “unapologetically pro-life,” said his House Bill 587 is designed to take on the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Roe v.Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States. ….

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LaBruzzo said he filed the bill after being approached by a conservative religious group he did not name.

LaBruzzo’s bill says that “all abortions at any and all stages of the unborn child’s development” should be banned in the state.

Asked how his bill squares with the federal court rulings, LaBruzzo said: “I believe it would be in direct conflict with them … and immediately go to court. That is the goal of the individuals who asked me to put this bill in.”

So who is the mystery group that is asking legislators to try to legislate a Roe V. Wade challenge, and is the anti-choice movement finally beginning to schism?  Which other legislators have been approached and, even more interesting, is the legislation that they are shopping around like the draft they provided to LaBruzzo, which originally advocated charging both the doctor and the woman who gets the abortion with feticide?

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