It is Friday. We knew it would be bad. We all hoped for a miracle. There are no miracles, just work to be done. The Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—most likely leaked by a conservative clerk hoping to secure the votes of theocratic members on the Court—was made official today in a ruling that undoes 50 years of established law protecting reproductive rights in our country. The decision, a 6-3 ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, also does away with the optimistic mythology that Chief Justice John Roberts ever truly cared about the Supreme Court’s “legacy.” Roberts, like the majority of the Court, earned his lifetime appointment to make decisions affecting the majority of Americans’ lives by being nominated by a Republican President who did not receive the popular vote of the country. These minority rule-appointed justices also include Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett. Jan. 6 conspirator Ginni Thomas’ husband, Justice Clarence Thomas, added in his “concurring opinion” on the ruling that the Court should also reconsider the cases that established federal protections for contraception and same-sex relationships and marriage.
It isn’t over. It’s just beginning. The ruling triggers almost a dozen state anti-choice laws, with another dozen set to pass in the coming weeks and months. Can an establishment class of Democratic leadership change the “our hands are tied” policy that has done nothing in the last few decades? We will see.
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