Monday, May 30, 2022

Woe is US


It's Memorial Day and there is a lot of stuff Women's Rights.

 Woe vs Wade was a landmark decision of the US Supreme  Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman's liberty to chose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. The decision struck down a whole host of Federal and state abortion laws.

This from Wikipedia:

The decision involved the case of Norma McCorvey—known by the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe"—who in 1969 became pregnant with her third child. McCorvey wanted an abortion but lived in Texas, where abortion was illegal except when necessary to save the mother's life. Her attorneys, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, filed a lawsuit on her behalf in U.S. federal court against her local district attorney, Henry Wade, alleging that Texas's abortion laws were unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas heard the case and ruled in her favor. Yet the District Court ruled against two others who were also represented by Weddington and Coffee alongside McCorvey. Weddington and Coffee appealed their partial loss to the U.S. Supreme Court, while at the same time Wade cross-appealed his partial loss to the Supreme Court.

In January 1973, the Supreme Court issued a 7–2 decision in McCorvey's favor ruling that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides a "right to privacy" that protects a pregnant woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion. It also ruled that this right is not absolute and must be balanced against governments' interests in protecting women's health and prenatal life.[4][5] The Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the three trimesters of pregnancy: during the first trimester, governments could not prohibit abortions at all; during the second trimester, governments could require reasonable health regulations; during the third trimester, abortions could be prohibited entirely so long as the laws contained exceptions for cases when they were necessary to save the life or health of the mother.[5] The Court classified the right to choose to have an abortion as "fundamental", which required courts to evaluate challenged abortion laws under the "strict scrutiny" standard, the highest level of judicial review in the United States.[6]

The Court's ruling in Roe was criticized by some in the legal community,[7] and some called the decision an example of judicial activism.[8] The Supreme Court revisited and modified Roe's legal rulings in its 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey.[9] In Casey, the Court reaffirmed Roe's holding that a woman's right to choose to have an abortion is constitutionally protected, but overruled Roe's strict scrutiny standard for reviewing abortion restrictions and abandoned Roe's trimester framework in favor of a standard based on fetal viability.[4][10]

On May 2, 2022, Politico obtained a leaked initial draft majority opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito indicating that the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn Roe and Casey in a pending final decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization,[11] expected to be issued by June 2022.[12] A press release from Chief Justice John Roberts the following day confirmed the authenticity of the leaked document, but stated that the draft "does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case".[13]

I was 24 when the decision came down.  Later, I would soon learn that Sarah Weddington, one of the attorneys who argued Roe was an Austinite and for a time was my state representative by the time Roe was decided.  She also served under President Carter as his assistant. Her death, the day after Christmas last year at age 76, occurred shortly  after Dobbs vs Jackson Women's Health Organization was argued before the Supremes, a case that was reconsidering Roe.  Her spectacular career was setting.

I could go down the dark hole, but others do it better and they are funnier. Here is the Liberal Redneck:


But, George Carlin was doing it better a long time ago. 



I just read in the Cook Political report that the R's currently have a 10 to 12 seat projected lead in the house in the upcoming midterms as they protect the fetus in the womb and then murder them with their inhuman gun policies once they are actually alive.

Perhaps the January 6 hearings will make up the difference as the case is made that Trump and his followers are not fit for governing.

Problem is, nobody may be listening.

If so, Woe is US


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