President Trump appoints a Supreme Court justice willing to overturn the landmark decision Roe v. Wade. "When I told her I was [the director], she told me to go f*** myself", recalled Loeb, who had hidden the true intent of the film by using the working title 1973. Given the president's promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, it's widely understood that his nominee will pose a clear danger to women's reproductive rights. It's also one of 20 states where an end to Roe would start a chain of events likely to restrict abortion rights; some states have "trigger laws" that would make abortion immediately illegal, while some have passed abortion limitations that are blocked by Roe.
Such a decision is increasing in likelihood in a world where the Supreme Court is made of a conservative majority.
"Mark my words, they are moving to roll back Roe v. Wade, that is going to be the next move by this president", Cuomo said at the event. Elective abortion through the second trimester was legal in four states, and abortion in cases of rape or medical necessity was legal in thirteen others.
Kennedy, by contrast, was a swing vote on abortion issues. Susan Collins, joining another group, Demand Justice, that wants her to oppose any Supreme Court nominee who declines to express support for legal abortions.
Roughly a dozen other states appear unlikely to enact tougher abortion laws, and some of those, such as California and Maryland, have laws explicitly protecting the right to access abortion. Conservatives have seized on that answer and called it "the Ginsburg rule" - but at another point in the hearing, Ginsburg said women had a "right to decide whether or not to bear a child". "Roe v. Wade is the untold story of how people lied, how the media lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass a law that has since killed over 60 Million Americans", reads a funding appeal for the movie. A mere reversal of Roe would not have stopped New York, California, and other states from offering legal abortion for both residents and non-residents.
President Trump's top outside adviser on his Supreme Court nomination said he's "very confident" Republicans can "get anybody confirmed", but a leading Democratic senator suggested that the president is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups.
This Court-centered strategy suited the goals of conservative Republicans in the Reagan administration a lot more than a constitutional amendment did. Democrats need to maintain their votes, plus one Republican to vote against the nominee to halt confirmation.
The film promises to offer a far different spin on the Supreme Court ruling than the one that has served as "official history" for the past 45 years.
After an initial burst of enthusiasm about the court opening, Republican politicians have characterized any questions about Roe's fate as scaremongering by Democrats.