The recent Supreme Court ruling, Dobbs v Jackson, is not just about abolishing a woman’s right to have an abortion (which is bad enough in itself); it’s also about decimating the rights to personal privacy and to freedom of religion. And it reveals the whims of a runaway radical court drunk on its newfound power and looking to pay back slights.
The Court’s opinion shot down the underpinning of Roe v Wade — the right to privacy — which also supports numerous other major Supreme Court decisions, including the right to same sex relationships and marriage, the right to contraception, and the right of interracial marriage (not surprisingly, the one key decision Justice Clarence Thomas did not place on the chopping block, since it affects him personally).
As for the freedom of religion, a key tenet of the Jewish faith is that a fetus is part of the mother’s body and that a baby is only considered a person after it takes its first breath. This religious law is countermanded by Dobbs. So what we are talking about here is not “the freedom of religion,” but the freedom of conservative Christians to impose their religion on everybody else.
The outrage at this highly partisan and poorly reasoned decision is understandable, and it is widespread. Polls since the decision was announced have shown that nearly 60 percent of Americans disagree with the Court’s decision. But the conservative justices living within their bubble don’t seem to care that they are out of step with current American opinion. As Justice Thomas said, “The Liberals made my life miserable for 43 years, and I am going to make them miserable for 43 years.”
So here we are. It’s all about a grudge match – so says a justice in the highest court of our land.