Supreme Court Displays Contempt for Women’s Rights in Unprecedented Decision


The opinion may have wide-ranging penalties not only for abortion entry and girls’s well being—however for rights like entry to contraception, infertility therapies and sexual privateness. 

Abortion-rights demonstrators stroll down Structure Avenue through the Bans Off Our Our bodies march on Might 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Picture by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Pictures)

The Supreme Courtroom has overturned Roe v. Wade. 

In a merciless betrayal of the ladies of this nation, and for the primary time within the historical past of the Supreme Courtroom and the US, a elementary constitutional proper has been taken away. 

This choice was anticipated—however that doesn’t change its devastating impression. As of Friday morning, the set off legal guidelines that ban abortion from the second of fertilization on the books in 13 states have begun to enter impact—as have the set off legal guidelines that ban abortion after six and 15 weeks of being pregnant on the books in 5 extra states. Eleven states’ bans haven’t any exceptions for circumstances of rape or incest, and 6 states haven’t any exceptions for the well being of the pregnant girl. 

The impression of this ruling can’t be overstated. The opinion is all however assured to have wide-ranging penalties not just for abortion entry and girls’s well being, however for a lot of different rights, together with entry to contraception, infertility therapies and sexual privateness. 

In a concurring opinion Justice Clarence Thomas writes that going ahead the Courtroom should “rethink all of this Courtroom’s substantive due course of precedents.” The conservative Justice names Griswold v. Connecticut (which secured contraception entry), Lawrence v. Texas (which overturned sodomy legal guidelines), and Obergefell v. Hodges (which secured similar intercourse marriage) among the many precedents that must be “reconsidered.”

In the Court’s opinion, which carefully follows the draft opinion leaked to Politico in Might, Justice Alito maintains that Roe was “egregiously flawed.” We all know that the historic document finally will present that Alito, in addition to those that voted with him to overturn Roe, together with Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, have been in truth those who bought it egregiously flawed. 

Whereas over half the nation will now ban abortion, we all know that this choice won’t cease folks from searching for abortions. There’s a sturdy community of organizations and funds that exist to assist abortion seekers access abortion pills online, and use them safely — it doesn’t matter what a state’s legislation says. Lawyer Basic Merrick Garland has made it clear that states cannot ban abortion pills on federal preemption grounds. “The FDA has accepted using the remedy Mifepristone,” he stated in a statement Friday. “States might not ban Mifepristone based mostly on disagreement with the FDA’s professional judgment about its security and efficacy.”

We additionally applaud the Biden administration’s multi-faceted response to this disaster. The President has directed the division of Well being and Human Providers to make sure that remedy abortion and contraception can be found “to the fullest extent doable,” and to guard the best to journey to a different state for an abortion. “The well being and life of girls of our nation at the moment are in danger,” the President stated. “Make no mistake. This choice is the fruits of a deliberate effort over many years to upset the stability of our legislation.”

We agree with President Biden: this combat isn’t over, and the rights of girls and folks to make their very own selections about abortion, contraception, and the best to privateness, together with similar intercourse marriage, shall be on the poll this November.

As we transfer ahead into the unsure future, we are going to proceed to convey you information from the entrance strains of the combat for our reproductive rights. We reaffirm our dedication to you: we won’t keep silent, we won’t return, and we are going to assist assemble a means ahead.

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