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Senator Joe Morrissey takes on his radio producer when he is pressured into having an abortion

Last week on Democratic Sen. Joe Morrissey’s radio show The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show, Morrissey got into a fight with a new producer on the show who pushed him to take a stand on abortion.

The discussion was in response to a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade and ending the constitutional right to abortion.

The producer asked Morrissey on the live radio show if he was for or against the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“Any state bill that passes, you have to have exceptions. I’m also very libertarian and I don’t like the government telling us what to do,” Morrissey said. ‘a strong state government, as I think most people do.’

“So in a roundabout way you’re for the overturning of Roe v. Wade?” asks the producer.

The question, suggesting that Morrissey had not clearly stated his position on the matter, caused Morrissey to agitate.

“Never tell me what detour I’m taking. Do you understand that?” Morrissey yells before going to the commercial break.

Video edited on Kapwing

This is a copy of the deleted Facebook Live video from the May 4 episode “The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show” when the senator got into a verbal argument with a producer about his stance on abortion.

Once off the air, now-deleted Facebook Live video shows the heated verbal altercation continuing inside the studio. At one point, a woman in the studio attempts to restrain Morrissey.

The senator is a controversial figure in Virginia, having been disbarred and arrested several times, including after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary, whom he later married.

Morrissey, who was raised Catholic, has come under fire for opposing Democratic-sponsored abortion bills in the past. That makes him a potential vote in the state Senate, where Democrats currently have a narrow majority. If he sides with Republicans on the issue, who control the House of Delegates, state lawmakers will likely have enough votes to pass new laws limiting or eliminating abortion access in the state. .

If the state passes new restrictions on abortion, Neal Devins, a law professor at the College of William & Mary, says the legal options for individuals and groups to challenge the laws in court are limited.

“The Virginia Supreme Court tends to interpret the Virginia Constitution alongside the federal Constitution, and the Virginia Supreme Court is unlikely to find a way to recognize a state constitutional right to abortion if the Supreme Court of the United States declares that there is no federal constitutional law.”

Morrissey has previously said he would consider reducing the abortion window from 27 weeks to 20 weeks. Virginia does not currently allow third-trimester abortions. Governor Glenn Youngkin has also expressed support for banning abortion after 20 weeks.