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A note on #abortions

The woman's right to choose whether or not to terminate her pregnancy is a fundamental substantive due process right drawn from the Bill of Rights that protects the privacy & autonomy of the woman. Any assault on that by special interests or States is a
violation against the Constitution of the United States. #RoeVWade has long been virtually obsolete in the sense that in that case the woman's right to choose was plenary. Meaning, she could have an abortion whenever she wanted during the pregnancy. The Supreme Court has since
created significant boundaries around this right by saying that a woman's right to choose is plenary up until the fetus becomes viable. By viable SCOTUS meant the fetus could be kept alive outside the mother's womb through medical technology. Once the fetus reaches that point,
the Court held that the state has a compelling interest to safeguard the interests of the child. #Carhart clarified this. Over time many other cases in the federal courts have upheld & modified the viability question. Many states have followed it. These combined built a
formidable body of law that if dismantled would have detrimental effects beyond what we can currently comprehend. Most immediate among the harms will be suffered by women who'd be back to where they were before #RoeVWade. Actually it would be worse if the laws some states
have currently passed become controlling precedent in the federal jurisdiction. Meaning, if SCOTUS adopts the current barbaric states' laws by overruling the central rulings of Roe & Carhart, it would effectively create a #prohibition on a woman's right to #privacy & choice.
This cannot happen & this will not happen. This cannot happen because the the Supreme Court of the United States has held that the Constitution of the United States requires all states to use the federal interpretation of our basic fundamental rights as a bottomline in drafting
their laws & statutes. States can be less regulative but most definitely not more prohibitive than the federal laws, according to the #SupremacyClause body of law. And this is why it will not happen. The Supreme Court, as a matter of #publicpolicy will not upend decades of
precedent on an issue as socially crucial as a woman's right to her bodily autonomy for the very reason mentioned above. It would deprive half of USA, a dissimilarly situated historically oppressed group, of their fundamental rights to privacy, family & the freedom of choice.
I have faith that the Supreme Court will not let this happen. I am confident that Justice Roberts - who's now the swing vote in the Court - will step in & uphold the central ruling of #RoeVWade while updating the viability question to keep up with current medical technologies.
Finally, my two bits: a woman's right to choose whether or not to terminate her pregnancy is a right that's broader than that introduction implies. It's a woman's right to her own body, its autonomy & the freedom to choose for herself what's good for her and her child.
The presumption is that she would want the best for her child if she became pregnant. But there are many instance where the pregnancy is not prioritized - in cases of rape, incest & physical harm to the mother - and the mother does not want or can't have the baby without dying.
In such cases if the State wishes to impose laws restricting the woman's right to bodily autonomy on when she can & cannot have an abortion, the State must take over as loco parentis (in for the parent, colloquially), provide the medical institutional apparatus necessary to keep
the child alive & then raise the child to adulthood. If the State has a compelling interest in prohibiting women's privacy & autonomy rights, they have a compelling responsibility to manage, steward & rear the consequences of their decision. So in sum, women needn't worry yet.
Keep up the #SexStrike

Don't relent on the #MeToo

And join the rest of the marginalized, be it LGBTQ or Black Lives Matter or Dreamers or #ChildrenInCages

We stand together, for the rights of one another

With the faith that others will do the same.

E Pluribus Unum
FYI: For more on substantive due process - the body of law central to #RoeVWade - please look up Griswold v. Connecticut.

Here some are pertinent clips.

SDP is the Captain America of Constitutional Rights. It's what makes our Constitution & Bill of Rights a living document.
#History of #ReproductiveRights -

Please copy & paste these case names onto google (@LexisNexis summary, @Wikipedia recommended secondary sources):

Roe v. Wade

Planned Parenthood v. Casey

Gonzales v. Carhart

#MissouriSenate #AlabamaAbortionBill #AlabamaAbortionBan #RoeVWade
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