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Wed Dec 1, 2021, 01:59 PM

Sonia Sotomayor Calls Out The 'Stench' of Politics In Mississippi Abortion Law SCOTUS Case

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- Dec. 1, 2021: Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Wash., DC. - The justices weigh whether to uphold a Miss. law that bans abortion after 15 weeks and overrule the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Nearly a third of Americans polled by Gallup believe abortion should be legal under any circumstances, while 48% believe abortion should be legal under certain circumstances.
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- Daily Kos, Dec. 1, 2021, 11:55 AM, EST.

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which challenges the constitutionality of the 2018 Mississippi law known as the “Gestational Age Act.” The legislation bans abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy—five weeks earlier than the state’s typical abortion restriction—and directly challenges the ruling of Roe vs. Wade in which the Supreme Court ruled that abortion access should be available up until at least the 24-week point of viability, or longer if the pregnancy threatens a patient’s life or health.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a consistent supporter of reproductive rights, challenged Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart late Wednesday morning about even taking up and overturning precedents that have been set by both Roe and the 1992 landmark Supreme Court case Casey vs. Planned Parenthood in which the court reaffirmed the 1973 Roe ruling. She then set her sights on just how damaging the present case could be to not just the court itself, but to the constitution and the country, as well.

“What hasn’t been at issue in the last 30 years is the line that Casey drew of viability. There has been some difference of opinion with respect to undue burden, but the right of a woman to choose, the right to control her own body, has been clearly set since Casey and never challenged. You want us to reject that line of viability and adopt something different. Fifteen justices over 50 years have, or, I should say, 30 since Casey, have reaffirmed that basic viability line. Four had said no, two of them members of this court, but 15 justices have said yes, of varying political backgrounds. Now, the sponsors of this bill, the house bill in Mississippi, said we’re doing it because we have new justices,” Sotomayor said.

> Listen to the audio of Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioning Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart below.


She called out the latest challenge to abortion rights in Mississippi, a 2020 law that has since been blocked that would ban abortions from being provided to a pregnant person after just six weeks. Once again, Sotomayor noted that the bill’s sponsor said they pushed the legislation through because “we have new justices on the Supreme Court.” “Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts? I don’t see how it is possible. It’s what Casey talked about when they talked about watershed decisions. Some of them, Brown vs. Board of Education it mentioned & this one, have such an entrenched set of expectations in our society: If this is what the court decided, this is what we will follow...

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- Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Sotomayor

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 02:10 PM

1. The Supreme Court became an auxiliary of the Republican Party in 2000

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 02:48 PM

3. This!

'Don't count all the votes---doing so is counter to Bush's right since he's ahead in the vote now'

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 02:16 PM

2. Roe vs Wade is gone

Sotomayor knows that Roe is going to be overturned. She properly pointed out the political hypocrisy of the Mississippi law and then she called out her brethren for even taking this case in the first place.
Ten years ago I told a friend of mine that Roe was just the beginning and that the conservatives will go after birth control next. Look for one of the Red State Governors to suddenly decide to challenge Griswold vs Connecticut. This court is going to overturn every significant women's rights as well as many of the civil rights rulings from the 50s and 60s.

Thank you to all the idiots who said that Hillary and Trump were the same or who were upset that Bernie wasn't the candidate and didn't show up in 2016. Your empathy and lack of vision has now borne its fruit.

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Response to bpj62 (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 02:51 PM

4. I would also point out to young people who chose not to vote

In 2016 and later, that their lives are greatly affected by USSC decisions, and this is a clear example.

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Response to bpj62 (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 2, 2021, 06:33 PM

5. +1

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