A Historic Day Of Judicial Tyranny And The Possible Beginning Of Ironic Outcomes

By Donald A. Collins | 25 June 2022
Church and State

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade with a 5-4 vote. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

So much will be written now about the US Supreme Court’s killing of Roe that anything I can scream about will likely have been written by the religious groups that pushed and the pols who used their influence to “fix” women’s rights to privacy, safety and freedom to do what their lives needed.

The then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who denied Obama’s Supreme Court choice Merrick Garland and that allowed Trump to select three Justices whose respect for women and their Constitutional rights mark them as totally racist, defined here as discriminating against 50% of American citizens!

While recovery from this disastrous decision will be difficult, as these same retrograde Justices will likely have long tenures on this court which may attack other issues such the right to voluntary medical deaths for people who prove mentally sound.

I was gratified that our Catholic President immediately spoke the day of this infamous decision about the breadth of the tyranny this court has fixated upon women, particularly young, poor, and predominantly minority. Over half the pregnancies in the US are unintended!

Read here the report from the 6/24 Washington Post:

President Biden on Friday called the Supreme Court decision that overturns of Roe v. Wade a “tragic error” and implored voters to turn out in November to elect members of Congress willing to write abortion protections into law. Speaking from the White House, Biden said, “This is a sad day for the country in my view, but it doesn’t mean the fight is over.”

Biden said the decision puts reproductive health at risk and singled out Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion, in which he opened the door to the court revisiting decisions on contraception and same-sex marriage. Biden’s comments came hours after the court overturned the fundamental right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago, a stunning reversal that leaves states free to drastically reduce access to or even outlaw abortion.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote.

The vote was 6 to 3 to uphold a restrictive Mississippi law. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., though, criticized his conservative colleagues for taking the additional step of overturning Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which had reaffirmed the right to abortion.

Here’s what to know

  • The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health was the most anticipated of the court’s term, with political tension surrounding the fight over abortion rights erupting in May with the leak of a draft opinion indicating a majority of justices intended to end the long-standing precedent.
  • The justices were considering a Mississippi law that would ban almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The law had not taken effect because lower courts said it was at odds with the national right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade in 1973 and affirmed by subsequent Supreme Court rulings.
  • In their joint dissent, the court’s three liberal justices took note of the states that will move quickly to restrict abortion access and emphasized the sweeping impact of the court’s decision on the rights of women to terminate their pregnancies.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who helped shepherd several conservative justices onto the court, celebrated the Supreme Court ruing as “courageous and correct” and said the American people have gotten “their voice back” on the issue.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned that her Republican colleagues in Congress are now “plotting a nationwide abortion ban” and that more extreme measures could be enacted in the states.

One result of McConnell’s disgusting obstruction at the end of Obama’s term in 2016 of the appointment of Supreme Court Justice who is now Attorney General Merrick Garland could be the ironic head of the Justice Department indicting the former President for the high crimes of which he is so clearly guilty.

Managing Trump’s repeated attempts to obstruct Biden’s election was narrowly averted when the few high-level Republicans of courage and honor left in the cancerous Trump GOP stopped his multi-layered attempts at the first coup in our history!

That a possible attempt to repeat such a coup in 2024 strongly suggests the need for Garland to indict Trump and his fellow felons as examples.

What irony! Trump, the philandering liar, who put the zealot Catholic Justices on the Court which brought down Roe.

However, as Trump continued his manic illegal quest for a 2nd term, Merrick Garland, the US Attorney General, who will hopefully indict and pursue Trump into some amount of justice (how about jail?) is the man who, if he has gotten on the Court, would likely have been the vote which stopped Roe’s killing!

Americans need to understand that Trump used the threat of violence against many of his own party and anyone who challenged him. The elected GOP Congress people acquiesced to his illegal behavior all through his term. They did stop at anything Trump suggested. Such thuggery could again surface when Trump’s trial begins. Would Trump summon Proud Boy types to seek revenge on his accusers?

Of course, the bottom line is that this divisive Roe decision comes currently when our democracy has never been more divided. Law abiding behavior is based on belief that the law is fair. Two thirds of us didn’t want Roe killed.

Our democracy is on the line, and as the world’s climate gets worse, we need urgent action and that comes only with togetherness, which could mean that we and world get again ironically Trumped.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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