Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned that the Supreme Court's two newest Republican-appointed associate justices will "pay the price" if they rule on a high-profile abortion case in a way that abortion proponents don't like.
Schumer made the remarks at a pro-abortion rally in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled to coincide with oral arguments in the high-profile June Medical Services v. Russo abortion case, which deals with a Louisiana abortion law.
Schumer began his remarks by noting that the court was hearing arguments for the "first major abortion rights cases since Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh and Justice [Neil] Gorsuch came to the bench." After saying each justice's name, the New York Democrat made a thumbs-down gesture that was met with boos from the rally attendees.
"We know what's at stake," the senator continued, growing increasingly louder as he spoke. "Over the last three years, women's reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven't seen in modern history. From Louisiana to Missouri to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women — all women — and they're taking away fundamental rights.
"I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price," Schumer emphatically shouted to cheers from the crowd of abortion supporters. "You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."
Though, exactly what sort of "price" the justices might be expected to pay if they rule in ways that upset abortion proponents, Schumer didn't specify as he continued with this speech, which focused heavily on Democrats winning in the November elections.
The June Medical Services v. Russo case that the Supreme Court heard Wednesday is Kavanaugh's first one dealing with abortion since ascending to the bench in late 2018. It deals with whether or not the state of Louisiana can enforce a law that places hospital admitting requirements on abortion providers. Abortion proponents fear that the court may use it to significantly expand states' ability to restrict abortion access.