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Jun 24, 2022Liked by Robert Reich

If Justice Thomas feels decisions based on the 14th Amendment should be invalidated, then what about Loving v. Virginia? Wouldn't that mean Clarence and Ginni are breaking the law?

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Jun 24, 2022Liked by Robert Reich

Thank you, Prof. Reich. I am 86 years old and in deep mourning for my country and it's younger people today. I remember when 'Land of the Free' actually meant something.

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The five Ayatollahs and the Hand Maiden have spoken.

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SCOTUS violated their oaths. 6 justices forced the doctrine of their faith on all women (separation of church & state-1stA) & they violated the 13thA by forcing women to unwillingly carry to full term & use their bodies in service to others' agendas is a form of slavery.

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Jun 24, 2022Liked by Robert Reich

All six share what can only. be called conservative religious beliefs, and this decision along with the recent decision to require taxpayers to fund education at religious schools would suggest that these justices have their sights also set on the doctrine of separation of church and state, which will result in t country ruled in a manner not unlike the Taliban.

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I am going to say this to the right wing fascists; we WILL have revenge. So we give you authoritarian theocrats the heads up. If you think we women will submit to a 1950s style subordination. You are even more deluded than I could have imagined. If you think there is a single family out there without a gay family member or close friend, you are dumber than imaginable. You are so deluded, you forgot we are a much bigger majority than you. We will go around this SCOTUS activist judge atrocity, we will refuse to comply, we can shut down businesses. But we will make major changes as soon as we seat our progressives. Your guns ARE on the list. We will follow your guidelines.

My awesome governor, Gov Pritzker, IL and our Chicago mayor will not allow a single change. We will be a safe haven state and city. In the end, you will lose everything you tried to impose for the past 40 years.

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Expand the Supreme Court! Please!

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And the timing is interesting. This comes the day after explosive and incriminating evidence by the Jan 6th Committee. Of course everyone is upset about this ruling and attention moves away from the coup the committee is revealing. While there is much to be disturbed about, it is also interesting that the Court first allowed open carry of guns, presumably even automatic weapons used solely to intimidate and kill people, even children. Immediately after that they claim to "protect life" of a fetus, even at the expense of the mother's life. Maybe they just want a country of non viable humans who can't speak, move or think.

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I have always felt, since the Roe v Wade "leak", that we have reason to impeach the three judges appointed by Trump. They outright lied during their confirmation hearings.

As for Justice Thomas, his wife, Jenni, should be held responsible for her part in the insurrection.

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Jun 24, 2022·edited Jun 24, 2022

I feel completely violated. And I don't know how to recover.

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IANAL, but I don't understand why Roe (and Lawrence) weren't grounded in the right to privacy and bodily autonomy. The framers believed in that right; the Fourth Amendment makes no sense without it. And the idea that "it's not a right if it's not in the Constitution" is rejected by the Constitution itself, in the Ninth Amendment.

But that's all legal jiggery-pokery. As a result of the laws allowed by this decision, women will die. Women will die from ectopic pregnancies, from preeclampsia, from all sorts of things I don't know anything about because I'm not a doctor. And neither is a prosecutor, or a judge, or a legislator (with a few exceptions). So I should not make this decision for a woman, and neither should they. Only her.

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4 or 5 of the SCOTUS LIED in their confirmation hearings, asserting that they would uphold the laws of our country, specifically Roe v. Wade. So the hearings are now worthless, and the Judicial branch of our government has now become a tool of the Rethuglican Party, rather than a balance. Alito's writing on R v W says this is a moral issue...but the court is NOT empowered to make "moral" rulings; only rulings about our laws. Our Democracy is over unless more judges are added to SCOTUS.

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If Thomas goes after same sex marriage, it should be tied to also prohibiting inter-racial marriage, and see how he likes them apples.

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I’m glad my law license is inactive. These are embarrassing moments by this court. And, their collective errors in history are mind boggling. A law professor from UC Irvine (I think) stated on MSNBC that Ben Franklin EVEN printed directions for a safe means of abortion intended for “before quickening”. Left that out. It’s all so atrocious. We have entered a really bizarre Twilight Zone.

As a county commissioner I presided over a meeting when the Right To Life came before us. They objected to us funding Planned Parenthood to educate and treat chlamydia. When I asked if they realized untreated chlamydia results in sterility, no future children (had to spell it out for them), they were shocked. They went away.

So, now, here we are. Let’s use Mark Shield’s aphorism and go get us some converts...register them and get them to the polls. Only that can save the rule of law and Democracy.

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Hacks. The smugness of this court reviles me. And I’m sure Thomas will make good on going after any socially forward decisions that have been made by the court. A few years back, I had to help a young woman obtain an abortion. It was not easy and 1. Had to go to another state for multiple appointments 2. Force ones way into the. Clinic past a woman screaming pro-life(?) slogans, 3. Bullet proof glass protecting staff 4. A thoroughly depressing and factory environment- aside from the pain and grief experienced by this young woman. I remember those unwed mother homes, knew several woman way back who had to be in them. Unwanted children abound on this earth; having the need of an abortion is truly tragic but at the least should be made available, free and safe. The bigger issue, the rights of women and the rights of women over their own bodies- I am livid-

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A shameful day when the United States Supreme Court reduces our freedoms and overturns a law that protect a woman’s right to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. Despite the majority of Americans supporting Roe the courts evangelical conservative majority have put the US below staunchly Catholic countries like Italy and Spain in terms of abortion access. The court has relinquished its standing as an impartial arbiter by embracing religious views in their decisions rather than deciding based on existing law and prior precedent. And it is clear that the court will take aim at other freedoms very soon. It is imperative that Democrats maintain and increase our majority and strive to rebalance the court or we will soon live in a theocracy.

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