Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Supreme Court times Roe v. Wade around

The Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade dismissed Friday and dismantled the half-century-old precedent that protected abortion rights and gave states the green light to dramatically restrict access to reproductive health care. At the same time, the court Casey v. Planned Parenthood dismissed, a later case that Roe confirmed with a few exceptions.

“The Constitution does not grant a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are dominated; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives, ”the court said.

The verdict in the Dobbs v. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, written by Judge Samuel Alito, was not a surprise. A draft decision was leaked to Politico and published in early May. Reports indicated at the time that co-conservative judges Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett also supported the decision, while Chief Justice John Roberts preferred a closer approach.

The hardline Conservatives won. Their ruling will now go nationwide: to allow states to impose strict abortion restrictions that will force some people to continue unwanted and unsafe pregnancies. Victims of rape and incest will have to go through the traumas of pregnancy, birth and parenthood or adoption in some states. Babies will be born with health conditions they suffer from and even die quickly. People who are not prepared or do not want children will have to have them anyway.

The ruling does not end abortion rights completely. Some states have promised to protect access to abortions, and are likely to become a safe haven for those seeking the procedures they can afford to travel there. It is unclear how fast the 22 states that already have abortion laws will enforce their ban. And most state bans restrict abortion only to a certain point in a pregnancy, often with exceptions.

However, this is not always the case. In Oklahoma, the GOP-controlled legislature passed a bill which would prohibit all abortions unless the life of the pregnant person was in danger or a rape was reported to law enforcement. In other states, Republicans pushes more and more abortion restrictions that offer no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

And some attempts to entrench abortion rights have failed. Republican Senate an account blocked Roe v. Wade to codify in May. The IDP has an electoral advantage in many states due to district lines and electoral laws.

Protesters in support of abortion rights gathered outside the Supreme Court in May after the leaked ruling was published.
Protesters in support of abortion rights gathered outside the Supreme Court in May after the leaked ruling was published.

Associated Press Photo / Jacquelyn Martin

The Supreme Court is full of conservatives, most of whom have been nominated by elected presidents even though they have lost the popular vote. Former President Donald Trump, who won the presidency despite receiving fewer votes than his Democratic opponent, nominated Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett in court; Gorsuch has taken a seat that was opened under former President Barack Obama and has not been filled for months, against the norm, by Republican senators.

The deck is stacked against supporters of abortion rights. But many advocacy groups was already planning next steps in the event that Roe v. Wade is overthrown.

One is to end the filibuster, a Senate rule that requires 60 votes for most legislation – allowing the minority party to block bills, even if most senators support it. For now, that’s unlikely: Two Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Cinema of Arizona, are against ending the filibuster. Even if they did, the Democrats probably had only 49 votes in favor of coding Roe. In the most recent poll, Manchin sided with Republicans to block the account.

Many groups also mobilize to support people seeking abortions by funding travel to and care in states where the procedure remains legal.

Another option is medication abortion, which allows some people who want to end their pregnancies to do so at home. State-level abortion ban has also targeted drug abortion, but advocates say it’s probably more people would obtain the medication and manage their own abortions should ban come into effect.

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