Coming soon: law v. politics
The US Supreme Court reconvened this week and in the months ahead will render decisions on abortion rights and other topics. There’s a 6-3 conservative majority on the court now, and three of those conservatives were appointed by Donald Trump. Despite recent assurances from some of the justices that they will not be political and will base their decisions on the law (Thomas, Roberts, Barrett, Breyer), I have my doubts — especially with the Kavanaugh hearings seared into my brain.
Back in 2012, in a post about abortion, I wrote:
We know about birth control and contraception and family planning and reproductive health. We know about unwanted children, poverty-stricken unwed mothers, irresponsible fathers, ectopic pregnancies, STDs, HIV/AIDS, and a variety of “female conditions,” and we know there are ways to avoid, prevent, or cure them. We know we don’t have to bear and give birth to the results of rape or incest. We know we don’t have to remain “barefoot and pregnant” during our most productive years, serving as mere baby factories for our men. We know we can plan our families and engage in fulfilling lives and careers outside the home if we wish. We won’t go back to the days before we had these options.
I’m waiting to see if the Court knows and acknowledges this and upholds Roe v. Wade, the law of the land since 1973, or if it chooses to send US women back to the Dark Ages. With the Court’s recent refusal to block the draconian new Texas abortion law, I am far from confident.