The difference between what progressives and republicans are saying online right now is breathtaking
Friday, June 24, 2022 is a particularly sad, frustrating and disappointing day, but it’s not the day we stop fighting. As my colleague Joan McCarter has covered, conservative fanatics on the United States Supreme Court have succeeded in their anti-choice mission to effectively end federal protections for the right to abortion. With the decision 6-3 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to spill Roe vs. Wade, more than 10 states have automatically banned abortions via trigger laws, thanks to anti-choice lawmakers. These states include Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah.
And, as my colleague Laura Clawson has covered, we know it’s not just about abortion, although access to abortion is (of course) a huge deal in itself. As Judge Clarence Thomas points out in his concurring opinion, for example, the Court not only box but should dismantle our rights to birth control and marriage equality. Judges in the dissenting opinion (the three liberals, including Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan) too see this as the next possible route for the Court, although of course they are sounding the alarm out of fear, not excitement.
And what are people saying on the internet? Let’s dive into the statements that leaders share, as well as what people share in terms of solidarity, resources, and intellectual discourse.
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