The most sinister argument in today’s Supreme Court hearing
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The only moment that felt real at the Supreme Court today meeting about whether Americans lose our basic right to access abortion happens about 20 minutes later. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, speaking slowly and seriously, asked the attorney general of Mississippi about a more recent abortion ban enacted by the state legislature, an even harsher body 15 weeks ban before the Court. Lawmakers have been outspoken in saying they are introducing more draconian legislation, banning abortions at a staggering sixth week, because the courts now have more conservative judges and they are more likely to drop them. through it. They set a clear agenda – not only banning abortions at 15 weeks, but overturning protected rights Roe v. wading absolutely – and those new judges gave the cause without missing a beat. However, the Court continued with oral arguments as if the collusion did not directly oppose the Court’s impartiality mandate.
“Can this institution survive the stench this creates in the public perception,” Sotomayor asked, “that the Constitution and its reading are merely political acts? I don’t see how it is possible. Her words were a brief moment of insult, even as the arguments continued and it became increasingly clear that there were enough judges willing to rule to overturn the situation. Roe. It’s a strange relief that the terms of her question are so obvious, that they actually acknowledge the cliff we’re standing on. Can the courts survive this? Can our democracy survive this? How big that is, how terrible the consequences of this decision.
Everything else was legislative theater–a sick act of right, legitimate, and supposedly objective argument that concealed the source of the stench of rotting Sotomayor had discovered: a mainstream movement. The fanatical far-right tries to control and marginalize certain groups in our society. The Mississippi Attorney General and sympathetic judges rejected the overturn justifications Roe which they honed over the decades in Federal Association Sponsored law journals and summaries, ranging from misleading and meaningless to offensive and disturbing. Brett Kavanaugh calls choice “divisive” though most Americans support Roe; Scott Stewart, Mississippi attorney general, claims that laws relating to women’s work and health care now make abortion rights unnecessary, because parenting is no longer an undue burden like it before too, although the United States has some least effective parental support on the book. He claims that “science” has changed the terms of viability that previously protected access to abortion under Roe – but can’t say exactly how. Amy Coney Barrett suggests that women could simply have an unwanted pregnancy and give birth before giving them up for adoption, and this would “solve the problem” of unwanted parenting. It should be noted that she included victims of rape and incest in this senario, suggesting that they should carry fetuses created by abuse and violence in their bodies to full term.
But the most sinister argument is the most polished one, the one that the judges, if they maintain the Mississippi ban as they seem willing to do, will insist: it is overversion. Roe It’s somehow a middle ground that just returns the option back to the states for review, and somehow this is a dovish position that should be upheld by the courts. “The Constitution is neither pro-life nor pro-choice on abortion,” explains Kavanaugh, “but leaves the matter to the people of the states or possibly Congress to resolve. decisive in the democratic process.” As if overturning a half-century of discipline was not a radical ideological shift but a pure, infallible re-reading of that law based on reason. The story has taken shape beyond galloping – it’s astounding.
Because there’s nothing to the far right thought project Forced childbirth even involves ethical, scientific, or legal considerations surrounding abortion itself. It’s about control. Strong people, like those on the court and their families, friends and colleagues, will continue to have abortions. The judges know this. Those who can afford it will travel to get them where they can. They will have access to documents telling them where to go and what to do, the funding to get them there, the means to get through any hoops to get one; they won’t be stopped when they lose a ride or can’t move to a hotel or by those who try to convince them they will be shunned, arrested or harmed for their decision. What is at stake is the future of millions more who cannot cross these barriers – poor women, poor people, people of color, undocumented – many of whom already live in places where that these barriers prevent them from having an abortion. The forces behind the anti-choice movement want these groups to be outlawed, completely stopped. However, we’ve just been given two hours of Latin-based intellectual debate pretending that’s not what’s happening.
When I think about how I finally felt unencumbered in moments of real crisis because I knew I could have an abortion if needed, my heart breaks for those in dire circumstances. than will not end with that saving grace. It is helpful to think about the people and organizations on the ground who have fought for justice and physical freedom in vast landscapes across the United States that have had an effect after-Roe: abortion fund, abortion doulas, clinic guardians, mutual aid network. Their efforts deserve to be the fuel for our anger.
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