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There are 7 comments on Is the End of Roe v. Wade Near? Leaked SCOTUS Brief Says Yes

  1. And just like that, the midterm elections went from the poor economy, skyrocketing inflation, and a reclusive President to abortion. Coincidence? I think not.

    1. Come on, can’t you see this is the right thing to do! People are upset and protesting because they can’t kill HUMANS anymore! A fetus is a developmental stage of the human species. We can’t draw lines, abortion is wrong. People argue that a fetus is not a human. But when you ask them about late term abortions, they also say it’s fine. Moreover, sometimes the baby is born alive and breathing, yet they say we can and should abort if the mom wants to. When do you draw the line? People just don’t want to pay the price of their mistakes, they want a little human soul to pay the price. Wake up please, for your sake and ours.

  2. On page 5 of the leaked brief;

    “The constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely–The due process clause of the fourteenth amendment. That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the constitution, but any such rights must be ‘deeply rooted in this nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.”

    Read this carefully; they are telling you what is yet to come. ANY RIGHT not implicitly protected in the tradition of our country (so the human rights of those who are not white, straight, cis, male, landowners). Birth control is at risk, LGBT+ rights are at risk… etc. How can we make progress in society if we are basing other peoples basic human rights strictly on what was considered important in 1787???

    The decision over whether of not to bear children is fundamental to women’s health and lives, and removing that choice is a clear violation of our basic human rights in multiple ways, not just privacy and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. The perspective revealed in the leaked document gives us all the information we need to know about the potential for other rights to be up for debate in the coming years.

  3. Regarding your second paragraph, I think you’re forgetting that what was also considered important in 1787 was the very forward looking provision in the Constitution that it may be amended. The founders, all much smarter than we are today, knew that future generations should not be bound to their 18th century traditions and laws.

    If people want to legalize abortion, overturn 2A, or any other situation, amend the constitution. Otherwise, it is not for people in Massachusetts to tell people in Idaho how to live. You really have to be careful what you wish for on this. Tampering with the Constitution might seem like good fun when your (not you) cause stands to benefit; however, that’s a double edged sword.

    Bottom line: Abortion will be available in almost all States to varying degrees when Roe V Wade takes its last breath.

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