The Supreme Court building is barricaded!
Like Boss Tweed said of Thomas Nast’s devastating editorial cartoons: “Stop those damn pictures.”
Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” — Justice Samuel Alito in the leaked draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson abortion decision.
“The leak is the greatest crisis faced by Chief Justice John Roberts and the greatest security breach in the history of the Court. … If the culprit is a lawyer, disbarment would seem a virtual certainty.” — Jonathan Turley. “If the leaker is a justice, he or she should be impeached and convicted.” — David French.
The Dispatch reports: The destabilizing effect on the Court will be profound. Not only does the leak strike at the heart of the body’s legitimacy in the eyes of the public, it undoubtedly creates tension among the justices themselves.” Quoting Amy Howe, Supreme Court analyst at SCOTUSblog. “This leak is the gravest, most unforgivable sin.”
“Within hours of the story’s publication, hundreds of protesters—both pro-choice and pro-life—had assembled outside the Supreme Court to chant slogans, hold up signs, and shout at one another.”
A federalist abortion map
Thirteen states have a “trigger law” in place — an abortion ban that would kick in right away if the court completely overturns its precedents. Four states — Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia —have even amended their constitutions to prohibit any protections for abortion rights.
An analyst from the Guttmacher Institute says Wisconsin and Michigan’s pre-Roe abortion bans would not immediately take effect even if Roe disappears, as reported in this Axios summary.
“On abortion, the system is finally working as it should. Now the debate moves into the political realm, where it should have been all along. — David Harsanyi, National Review.
Pro-abortion? Not so much
In defense of Roe v. Wade, abortion supporters often cite polls showing that about seven in ten Americans say they don’t want Roe overturned. This is an odd rhetorical strategy from abortion supporters considering that, if most Americans really do support the Roe status quo, they presumably would elect lawmakers to enact their pro-abortion policy preferences via the democratic process rather than by judicial fiat. …
A Gallup poll from a few years back found that only 28 percent of Americans favor allowing abortion in the second trimester, and only 13 percent of Americans favor allowing it in the last three months of pregnancy. — Alexandra DeSantis, National Review
Political implications[?] Contrary to the conventional wisdom, there really won’t be many. We are in May. The election is in November. The people who care passionately about this issue are already on sides. Few are actually directly impacted by it. The economy, inflation, supply chain issues, crime, wokeness, etc. will be big issues people are regularly grappling with. College-educated women are already voting Democrat. They are the only group giving Joe Biden favorable ratings at the moment. They will already vote Democrat and will not be enough to change the direction of the election. — Erick-Woods Erickson.
‘The dishonesty of the abortion debate’
Caitlyn Flanagan in The Atlantic magazine in 2019:
“The argument for abortion requires many words. The argument against it doesn’t take even a single word. The argument against it is a picture.
“These sonograms are so richly detailed that many expectant mothers pay to have one made in a shopping-mall studio, much in the spirit in which they might bring the baby to a portrait studio. …They are proof that what grows within a pregnant woman’s body is a human being.”
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