A leaked draft from the U.S. Supreme Court suggests the latest abortion case could result in the court overturning ‘Roe v. Wade.’
Politico first reported the contents of a leaked document from the United States Supreme Court. That document, a draft decision from Justice Samuel Alito, seemed to indicate the court is poised to strike down Roe v. Wade. That’s the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes in that draft opinion.
What we don’t yet know is when the high court will make its final ruling. What we also don’t know is whether the draft will actually reflect which way that decision will go. Rulings have changed after drafts were written before. What’s different this time is that someone managed to actually leak a draft at all.
But while you’d think one side of the abortion case would be celebrating, both are angry, it turns out.
The pro-choice side is certainly angry.
Who could blame them, after all? For 49 years, the Supreme Court has guaranteed through the Roe case a woman’s right to have an abortion.
President Joe Biden said overturning Roe v Wade would represent a huge change in America law and could imperil a wide range of other civil rights.
“The rights of all Americans are at risk,” Vice President Kamala Harris said. “If the right to privacy is weakened, every person could face a future in which the government can potentially interfere in the personal decisions you make about your life. This is the time to fight for women and for our country with everything we have.”
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York warned the court would also target gay marriage and civil rights.
The director of the Mississippi clinic that is at the center of the current Supreme Court abortion case said the clinic will continue operating for now. But if the court does ban abortions, she may relocate it to a state that won’t outlaw abortions.
Protesters took to the streets. One held a sign outside the Supreme Court that read, “As A Girl, I Just Hope That 1 Day, I Have As Many Rights AS A GUN.”
In rallies nationwide, they chanted messages like, “My body, my choice” and “Stop Playing God with My Body.”
They vowed that if the Supreme Court does rule against abortion, their fight will not end.
But those against abortion rights are angry, too.
The people you’d expect to be doing their victory dance are fired up. Many, while happy the verdict looks like it could go their way, are promoting conspiracy theories.
Some Republicans wasted no time letting the celebration take a backseat…to conspiracy theory.
“The next time you hear the far left preaching about how they are fighting to preserve our Republic’s institutions & norms remember how they leaked a Supreme Court opinion in an attempt to intimidate the justices on abortion,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said on Twitter.
“The Supreme Court’s confidential deliberation process is sacred & protects it from political interference,” Florida Sen. Rick Scott said on Twitter. “This breach shows that radical Democrats are working even harder to intimidate & undermine the Court. It was always their plan. The justices cannot be swayed by this attack.”
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the “radical Left is hell-bent” on getting its way.
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch condemned what she called the left’s resorting to “bullying” and trying to engender support to pack the court.
“I think this is another push on the fear component,” she said.
The Washington Post quoted the president of an anti-abortion student group.
“It’s very sobering to realize the depths the left will go to bully the Supreme Court,” she said.
My take hasn’t changed.
I tend to feel the same way about abortion that I feel about gay marriage. For the latter, I say that if you don’t believe in gay marriage, wed someone of the opposite gender. For the former, if you’re against abortion, don’t have one.
I think abortion is a horrible method of birth control. There are other ways to avoid a pregnancy. I think it’s irresponsible to take no precautions and then just “take care of it” with an abortion.
But no method is 100% — with the exception of abstinence, and that’s a hard sell to some couples these days.
Regardless of what I think, I do not believe it is my right to tell a woman whether she should be able to make that choice.
You can argue that a pregnant woman could always carry the child to term and then place it for adoption. But a woman who isn’t able to take care of a child somehow has to be trusted to take care of herself well enough to give birth to a healthy baby. Not everyone can afford the expense of pregnancy and childbirth, even if they plan to give the child up.
I also reject the term “pro-life.” I find that many — not all, but many — people who claim that title are only “pro-life” before a fetus is born. After that blessed moment, they seem to quickly lose interest. They don’t want to pay any more tax dollars to support children and families. They even complain that people who can’t afford children shouldn’t have them. Oh, the irony!
Since the government could potentially have a say in what someone can or cannot do with their bodies if abortion is banned, those who celebrate that moment should certainly have no problem putting on a mask or lining up for a vaccine the next time such a mandate is issued.
What’s good for the goose, you know.