As we noted earlier, the SCOTUS ruled on Mike Pence’s trolling abortion law from when he was the governor of Indiana. The Supremes declined to rule on the part that would have banned abortions based on the race, sex, or disability of the fetus, which had been blocked by a lower court, but they kept the weird part about having a funeral for a zygote, which is both creeping theocracy AND sticking a foot in the door to declare that a clump of cells is a person, and all that that entails.
Our old pal Justice Clarence ‘Have a Coke and a Smile’ Thomas had a nutty and delivered a dissent that will stand the test of ages to be one of the nuttier things to come out of the Roberts Court. It’s also a foreshadow of fuckery to come.
Thomas declares that abortion AND birth control are the same, equally bad thing, a eugenics plot to keep those with inferior traits from being born:
I write separately to address the other aspect of Indiana law at issue here—the “Sex Selective and Disability Abortion Ban.” This statute makes it illegal for an abortion provider to perform an abortion in Indiana when the provider knows that the mother is seeking the abortion solely because of the child’s race, sex, diagnosis of Down syndrome, disability, or related characteristics. The law requires that the mother be advised of this restriction and given information about financial assistance and adoption alternatives, but it imposes liability only on the provider. Each of the immutable characteristics protected by this law can be known relatively early in a pregnancy, and the law prevents them from becoming the sole criterion for deciding whether the child will live or die. Put differently, this law and other laws like it promote a State’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.
The use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical. The foundations for legalizing abortion in America were laid during the early 20th-century birth-control movement. That movement developed alongside the American eugenics movement. And significantly, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger recognized the eugenic potential of her cause.
And you know what, Clar? That despicable eugenics plot never actually happened; Sangers alleged evil plan never made it off the drawing board. So it is the very definition of hypothetical.
But I interrupted. Do continue.
Some believe that the United States is already experiencing the eugenic effects of abortion. According to one economist, “Roe v. Wade help[ed] trigger, a generation later, the greatest crime drop in recorded history.” On this view, “it turns out that not all children are born equal” in terms of criminal propensity. And legalized abortion meant that the children of “poor, unmarried, and teenage mothers” who were “much more likely than average to become criminals” “weren’t being born.” Whether accurate or not, these observations echo the views articulated by the eugenicists and by Sanger decades earlier: “Birth Control of itself . . . will make a better race” and tend “toward the elimination of the unfit.
Two quick things to note: A) “Some believe” is as much a strawman as Some say, and 2) “Whether accurate or not” is the tell that this is completely base speculation, but it is a YUGE reveal of what’s coming next. So get your birth control now, ladies, he’s coming for it next.
But much more than that, if Republicans would invest the same amount of effort in supporting women as they do in forcing women to give birth, giving women equal opportunity so that when they choose to start a family they have better outcomes, you won’t need to have fantasy WW2 Alternate Universe plot lines with master races. But that would involve acknowledging that women are humans, so that ain’t gonna happen.