Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Quote of the Day

This is unprecedented that there would be a leaked document coming from the United States Supreme Court. But let’s be clear that these are incredibly unprecedented times that we find ourselves in in the United States, with an insurrection to overturn the results of an election last year and now with the Supreme Court seeking to potentially gut Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

This is a first draft of an unpublished opinion, so we don’t actually know what will happen. But very likely, given this draft, we will see the undoing of Roe v. Wade. And it’s important that we understand that with the undoing of Roe v. Wade, just what’s at stake in the United States for our democracy and the rule of law. And if we look at this within the context of our democracy and the rule of law, you see the potential for the Supreme Court to do a bit of cherry picking around equality issues, around privacy issues, about matters that relate to autonomy with people’s bodies.

Related Off-site Links:
A Leaked Draft Opinion Suggests the Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade – Associated Press via NPR News (May 2, 2022).
Reaction to Report on U.S. Supreme Court Draft Abortion Decision – Reuters (May 3, 2022).
Leaked Supreme Court Draft Nothing But Right-Wing Politics Masquerading as Law – Erwin Chemerinsky (Common Dreams, May 3, 2022).
What a Supreme Court Ruling on Roe v. Wade Would Mean for Women – Laura Kusisto, Liz Essley Whyte and Jennifer Calfas (The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2022).
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Torches Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski: “They Don’t Get to Play Victim Now” – Josephine Harvey (The Huffington Post, May 3, 2022).
Critics Warn Supreme Court Draft Threatens Much, Much More Than Abortion Rights – Julie Conley (Common Dreams, May 3, 2022).
“Five-Alarm Fire”: Anger, Resolve as Thousands Rally Nationwide for Reproductive Rights – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, May 3, 2022).
“I Am Angry!”: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Unleashes in Fiery Speech Against “Extremist” Court – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, May 3, 2022).
Roe v. Wade Is About to Be Struck Down by the Electoral College – Jon Schwarz (The Intercept, May 3, 2022).
The End of Roe: Saving Abortion Rights Means Taking Them Into Our Own Hands – Natasha Lennard (The Intercept, May 3, 2022).
“Time to Take to the Streets”: Mobilizations Planned as Supreme Court Targets Roe – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, May 3, 2022).
If and When Roe v Wade Is Overturned, the Backlash Could Hurt Republicans Badly – Eric Garcia (Independent, May 3, 2022).

UPDATES: Democrats Vow a Response to Roe’s Demise But Have Few Options – Jonathan Weisman (The New York Times via Yahoo! News, May 4, 2022).
Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett “Frankly Lied Under Oath” About Respecting Roe, Says Rep. Pramila Jayapal – Andrea Germanos (Common Dreams, May 4, 2022).
“I Made the Best Decision For Me”: Congress Gets Personal About Abortion – Madison Feller and Rose Minutaglio (Elle, May 4, 2022).
Nine Practical Things You Can Do Now to Defend Abortion Rights and Help Women – Steph Black (Common Dreams, May 4, 2022).
The Abortion Issue Going Forward – Marianne Williamson (Transform, May 7, 2022).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
U.S. Catholic Bishops: “Playing Politics on Abortion”
The Church’s Teaching on Abortion: Unchanged and Unchangeable?

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