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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #78338 is a reply to message #78300] Tue, 03 May 2022 14:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Presumabley pretty much everyone had heard about the leak yesterday of the draft Supreme Court ruling which will overturn Roe v. Wade, and was printed by Politico. 

In a way it comes as no surprise, and as this forum string has been pointing out, overturing abortion rights is of a piece in the culture wars, and its only the beginning. It's time to start assessing the consequences and implications. The New York Times had this image in their main article today on the SCOTUS ruling.


https://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5326&private=0

Remember, when Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Comey Barrett were confirmed they all said Roe v. Wade was established law! Historian Heather Cox Richardson characterizes where we are as follows:

And so here we are. A minority, placed in control of the U.S. Supreme Court by a president who received a minority of the popular vote and then, when he lost reelection, tried to overturn our democracy, is explicitly taking away a constitutional right that has been protected for fifty years. Its attack on federal protection of civil rights applies not just to abortion, but to all the protections put in place since World War II: the right to use birth control, marry whomever you wish, live in desegregated spaces, and so on.
The draft opinion says the state legislatures are the true heart of our democracy and that they alone should determine abortion laws in the states. 


Yes, this may be happening in the US, but authoritarian birds fly together. Today's Republicans have taken a lot of material from Putin and Orban's play book, and they cross polinate each other. La Pen got over 42% of the vote in France recently. This is the new reality: authoritarians take away people's rights. It's as simple as that, and gives all the more import to the maxim that elections have consequences!

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #78339 is a reply to message #78338] Tue, 03 May 2022 23:34 Go to previous message
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And it should be noted that the implications are becoming apparent. Here are three from today's The Atlantic Magazine newsletter:

•             The conservatives aren't just ending Roe--they're delighting in it. The leaked draft is the work of emboldened justices who have no desire to end Roe in a gentle manner, the law professor Mary Ziegler argues: "The conservative majority is not going to sit around and wait; nothing about this seems particularly hard for these justices. No soul-searching was required."

•             Roe's supporters must stand up. "My mother and all the women who fought alongside her gave my generation Roe v. Wade," our contributing writer Molly Jong-Fast explains. "They gave us the bodily autonomy we should have already had ... It was an essential gift, and an irreversible one. Or so we thought."

•             This ruling will have tremendous implications. Our staff writer Adam Serwer asks, if the Court is willing to strip away a right that has been enshrined for a half century, what will the justices do next? "There is no freedom from state coercion that conservatives cannot strip away if conservatives find that freedom personally distasteful," he writes. "The rights of heterosexual married couples to obtain contraception, or of LGBTQ people to be free from discrimination, are obvious targets."




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