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Fri May 13, 2022, 11:44 PM

Roe's impending reversal is a 9/11 attack on America's social fabric

By Dana Milbank

Washington’s reaction to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has been typically myopic.

Republicans first tried to make people believe that the issue wasn’t the opinion itself but the leak. Now they’re absurdly trying to portray Democrats as supporters of infanticide. Democrats, in turn, squabbled among themselves before a show vote on a doomed abortion rights bill. And the news media have reverted to our usual horse-race speculation about how it will affect the midterms.

This small-bore response misses the radical change to society that Justice Samuel Alito and his co-conspirators are poised to ram down the throats of Americans. Their stunning action might well change the course of the midterms — but more importantly, it is upending who we are as a people.

Assuming little changes from the draft, overturning Roe would be a shock to our way of life, the social equivalent of the 9/11 attacks (which shattered our sense of physical security) or the crash of 2008 (which undid our sense of financial security). As epoch-making decisions go, this is Brown v. Board of Education, but in reverse: taking away an entrenched right Americans have relied upon for half a century. We remember Brown because it changed us forever, not because it altered the 1954 midterms.


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Reply Roe's impending reversal is a 9/11 attack on America's social fabric (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 13 OP
NQAS May 13 #1
slightlv May 14 #2
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:52 PM

1. I'm not a pundit

And I mentioned something along these lines earlier this week.

Rupture the social fabric. Well I didn’t say that. But I did wonder about violence and terrorism, and mass migration out of red states. Internal refugees. Further division and polarization unlike anything we’ve seen since the civil war. Certainly more than we’ve seen even with trumpism.

It’s going to be extremely ugly.

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Sat May 14, 2022, 06:14 AM

2. Extremely ugly...

and this time, overtly add religion to the mix. By stripping a woman's autonomy over her own body, listing abortion as a serious moral issue, Alito has interjected a single religious sect's belief as the underlying reason. Even his legal citations are from the 17th century and steeped in church law of the time. It's blatantly unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment; supposedly containing those matters that the Founders saw as most important in the new country. I fear we'll have so much hatred, threats, and violence we'll be thrown into an "Irish Troubles" situation, but fighting it on many different fronts.

What happens when a woman, denied an abortion, sues for discrimination based on her First Amendment Religious Freedom Rights? Do the judges side with the Constitution? Or do they tell her she now no longer has religious freedom? If the latter, how long before the corporations start suing because of all these exceptions Christians have made sure they have - like displaying all their fetishes all over the office area? Or proselytizing anywhere, anytime they want... etc...? I know more than a few HR's who've really had it with having to bend over backwards to accommodate them, cause they're never satisfied. What does the court do then - when it's Big Business vs Christianity? What will the Church try to do to the State? There are so many ways this could get so much worse... and all it'll take is stripping women of a right they've had for half a century.

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Sat May 14, 2022, 07:51 AM

3. Instead of red states, I now call them the slave states or the maybe better, the police states.

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