This Supreme Court will gut Roe vs. Wade as only these justices can

This Supreme Court will gut Roe vs. Wade as only these justices can (via @latimesopinion)

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12/4/2021 3:17:00 PM

This Supreme Court will gut Roe vs. Wade as only these justices can (via latimesopinion)

The way these justices are likely to rule, the post-Roe reality for women and our politics looks grim, plus more from the week in Opinion.

PrintGood morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.You might have heard this week that the U.S. Supreme Court strongly indicated it will soon overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that determined the Constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion, and the decision that seemingly all conservative jurists nominated to the high court feign agnosticism over to appease the likes of Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a pro-abortion-rights Republican. The good news is that the court probably will

notoutright invalidate Roe when it does decide Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case involving Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, long before a fetus can remain alive outside the womb.The utterly devastating news is that the justices do not need to explicitly overturn Roe to allow Mississippi’s grossly unconstitutional law to stand, and they seem poised to shred their credibility and invite anti-abortion state legislatures to accelerate their sadistic push to close the window for women to obtain safe and legal abortions. That they’re almost certain to allow states to continue on this radical course while professing faith to precedent and the Constitution instead of politics adds injury to just more injury. Two great progressive legal minds took to our op-ed page to explain how.

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law,gut Roe without overturning it:“I think the most likely outcome will be for the court to uphold the Mississippi law without explicitly stating that it is overturning Roe — even though that is exactly the effect. Once the court says that a state can prohibit abortions before viability, it has demolished the central holding of Roe — leaving nothing to stop states from banning all abortions. headtopics.com

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Advertisement“This will encourage states with conservative governments — and 23 states have both a Republican-controlled legislature and a Republican governor — to adopt laws prohibiting abortions even earlier than Mississippi’s 15-week ban. This year, for example, four states (Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas) adopted bans on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy with very limited exceptions. Both Arkansas and Oklahoma enacted legislation that bans abortion at any point in pregnancy, except when the woman’s life is endangered. ...

“The central question concerning abortion is who should decide whether a woman can terminate a pregnancy. For almost 50 years, it has been a woman’s right to decide before viability. Upholding the Mississippi law would hand that decision over to government and take away the fundamental right to reproductive freedom.”

Columnist Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney,warns of a bleak outcome:“The upshot is this: A splintered court would be left to adjudicate case by case ever more draconian restrictions with no principle to apply. Conservatives assail Roe and Casey as unprincipled, but those cases drew lines grounded in medicine and roughly workable in practice. The new, supposed middle ground that the court is telegraphing would leave the justices open to a valid charge of ad hoc and nakedly unprincipled reasoning.

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“As for American women, they would find their liberty and rights subjected to state by state caprice in a way that the court has said for more than 50 years the Constitution forbids.“All in all, Dobbs is likely to do a tidal wave of damage that, to make matters worse, the court will feign to be a ripple.” headtopics.com

The Supreme Court can’t pretend that overturning Roe vs. Wade would be anything but political.The Times Editorial Board is blunt about what’s really motivating the court’s conservative majority: “If the justices overturn the precedents in [previous] cases or take away the right to an abortion up to the point of viability it will be purely a political decision. Not one thing has changed in medicine or civil rights or the Constitution in recent decades that would suggest that either of those rulings be overturned. And no justice suggested there was one. Coming up with workarounds — like adoption — are just smokescreens to dismiss nearly 50 years of precedent for ideological reasons.”

L.A. TimesThis is a devastating look at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s professed obliviousness to his ex-aide’s alleged sexual harassment.Journalist Alissa Walker digs up the receipts of Garcetti’s behavior with regard to his former deputy chief of staff Rick Jacobs — from multiple people recalling Garcetti saying something to the effect of, “I can’t believe we’ve never been sued for anything that Rick’s done,” when he denied under oath making any such statement, to a former staffer’s testimony alleging that the mayor had himself witnessed some of Jacobs’ behavior — and compares them to his public statements on the matter. It isn’t a flattering picture of the presumptive future U.S. ambassador to India or his political inner circle.

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New York MagazineContinuing on the theme of a rudderless L.A. City Hall,there’s yet another scandal at the Department of Water and Power — and, yes, this is under a mayor who was first elected on a promise to reform the DWP. This week, a lawyer hired by City Atty. Mike Feuer, who is himself running for mayor, to handle the utility’s overbilling debacle pleaded guilty to bribery amid a federal investigation of the DWP. Says the editorial board: “Feuer and Garcetti, as well as City Council members who have oversight responsibility, need to account for how this corruption was allowed to happen under their watch and what they’re doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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opinion It’s the Trump Court. I haven’t called it the Supreme Court for quite a while. opinion And then they’ll do everything in their power to make sure these unwanted kids suffer as much as they can in abject poverty, and, will find out the white women who they don’t want to have abortions will still get them.

opinion The irony of the left claiming that anything the disturbs unfettered abortion is “ purely political” when Roe was a legal fiction conjured to meet pre-decided, political end. Roe is terrible law and is akin to a “legal hotdog”: it’s made up of terrible things but tastes great. opinion Time for more justices!

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opinion There is no longer a Supreme Court — Mitch McConnell stacked it far-right and wiped away integrity and fairness for all. The current Sham Court is just a Republican tool being used by the corrupt who control it... opinion At this point I welcome anything that annoys communists like your paper.

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Melissa Mills, daughter of 'Jane Roe' speaks out on Supreme Court CaseThe U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade. Katy Tur sat down with Melissa Mills, daughter of 'Jane Roe' to talk about the arguments: 'It's disturbing for my kids, it's disturbing for me as a parent, as a mother, as a health care worker, all those things. It's just real disturbing we're going to step back.' Wow...how she can be pro-abortion is just astounding. LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT. REPUBLICANS AND COURT ARE PRO BIRTH. NOT LIFE. THEY SUPPORT NO HUN LAWS AND SECOND AMENDMENT. THERE ANTI VACCINE MANDATES. THEY REALLY HAVE NO REGARD FOR LIVES. ANTI ABORTION PRO GUN MASSACRE CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS. THATS FINE. Why can't you figure it out in 15 weeks? Now we don't want to follow science cause it don't fit your narative.

opinion Republicans are trying to turn this country over to the Christian mob. Not looking good for democracy.

What to know about the Supreme Court case challenging Roe v. WadeHere is everything you need to know about the Mississippi case that is challenging abortion rights precedent set by Roe v. Wade. Are more parents protesting FOR or AGAINST ? What is there to know? Women have a right to abort children and a bunch of white men want to take that right away. There’s nothing more to know about it. It sickens me It has always been a mans world if they kept there zips up no need for safe abortion

Susan Collins Silent On Major Supreme Court Case Challenging Roe v. WadeThe senator backed the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who wondered if the court should be neutral on abortion rights. Who’s sorry now? GOP flip-flops are as common as is the Corona virus... except with added bonus toppings of Omicron. Collins betrayed all women with her vote 4 a credibly accused sexual predator, not fully investigated by the FBI 4 his crimes, who also behaved questionably during his senate hearings + then added salt 2 our wounds with her ridiculous rant 2 justify her decision.

The Betrayal of RoeThe right to legal abortion care may soon cease to exist at the federal level. rtraister writes that we got to this terrifying place because of decades of neglect and cowardice rtraister .rtraister's essay on the perilous state of abortion rights in America was featured today in One Great Story, our reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly:

The Bill That Could Protect Abortion Rights If Roe Is OverturnedThe Women’s Health Protection Act would outlaw hundreds of state anti-abortion laws — but passing it would likely require eliminating the Senate filibuster. Just do it. Please don't let the court set us back 50 years because a zigot is considered a human being. Men better watch there sperm, they could be liable for 'child support' at conception. Finally. Let's once and for all eliminate the filibuster.

Justices' abortion remarks: Is it time to overturn Roe?The Supreme Court heard arguments in which it was asked to overturn a nationwide right to abortion that has existed for nearly 50 years. The fate of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe, probably won’t be known until late June. The justices were being asked to overrule the two seminal decisions in the context of a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Progressive women and men must march on The Extremist-Christian Terrorist Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is a majority of extremist-christian, woman-hating terrorists that are trying to remove American women's reproductive rights.