Going back to my previous point about abortion --
There were some here at Caucus99percent who doubted my slippery-slope argument -- that the forthcoming decision of the Supreme Court pushing abortion rights back on the states is only a preliminary decision in what will eventually be a decision declaring the fetus a person, and that once the fetus is a person America will become Ireland before 2018, without the decent health care options.
Here I would urge readers to consult the words of Jennifer Hendricks, a professor of law at the University of Colorado. In researching this diary, I discovered a law paper of hers, in which it is said:
In mid-May, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case designed to overrule Roe v. Wade.1 It’s safe to assume that six justices are inclined to repudiate Roe, and some of those six would like to go further, declaring a constitutional right to life that would prevent the abortion issue from going “back to the states” at all.
Do not be surprised if the Supreme Court is, at some point over the next couple of years, asked to decide whether or not the fetus is a person. If the Supreme Court decides that the fetus is a person, the argument will be made, and codified into law, that abortion will be illegal everywhere because the fetus deserves what the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments call "equal protection." And we do, as Hendricks points out, "have a Supreme Court that is receptive to the principle of fetal personhood."
This is not to say that it will happen -- we are talking in terms of "likely," in this case very likely, and in terms of "slippery slope," and the slope at this point is very slippery. It's easy to find out how slippery the slope is at this point -- anyone reading this diary can do some research on the present-day realities of criminalizing pregnancy to see the issue fleshed out. From the link I cited:
As of 2018, 38 states had laws in which the “victim” of a crime can include a fetus, generally called “fetal assault,” “fetal homicide,” or “fetal protection” laws (3). Twenty-nine states apply these laws at any stage of gestation during pregnancy. Although the majority of these states prohibit charging pregnant people with crimes for the outcomes of their own pregnancies, fetal assault laws and similar statutes have been adopted across the United States as a way to limit behaviors during pregnancy that legislators deem harmful to the fetus.
How much of this stuff do you imagine will be thrust before the eyes of the current Supreme Court? And at what point does the Supreme Court, which is already going to strike down Roe v. Wade, merely declare: the fetus is a person, the fetus therefore deserves equal protection under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, and America is now Ireland before 2018?
NB: Joe Biden currently claims to be a defender of Roe v. Wade. But since he spent most of his political career opposing that decision, how far do you think he'll go to defend it?
I was alerted to this issue by a broadcast on Alternative Radio that was aired today on my local alternative radio station -- here's the broadcast itself. It's very good but I don't know how many of you have an hour to devote to it.