The SCOTUS announced yesterday that it would hear an abortion case: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is about a Mississippi law that prohibits all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with narrow exceptions.
Lower courts struck down the law down as unconstitutional: it applies weeks before the fetus is viable. SCOTUS has ruled that “a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.” In the assorted confirmation hearings, that kind of precedence is that they all swore fealty too. You know, “settled law.”
So why this case and why now?
- It’s the first major abortion case the Court has taken up since Justice Coathangers’ illegitimate confirmation.
- The Court’s 6—3 conservative majority has an opportunity to ditch the viability rule, if not totally overturn Roe v. Wade.
In the war on women, it’s now hunting season.
OK, but there are a couple of political calculations as well as the theocratic ones we all know: 1) Abortion is the GOP’s cash cow. They fundraise off of this more than any other issue and getting rid of it will turn off the spigot; and B) it is the mother of all wedge-issues that rile up the fetus-fondlers and gets them to the polls. It’s cynical as all hell.
Now we all know that this ruling will be the return of unsafe, back-alley abortions; we also know that it will not stop the well-connected from going “for a weekend shopping trip to Atlanta,” which is probably the most cynical thing of all.
Access to birth control will be next: