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“SCOTUS Isn’t Just Coming for Abortion” Warns Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Strategically, a Republican federal government seems to be more advantageous than a Democratic one. Sameera Khan recently suggested the same concerning foreign policy,  as it is better to have incompetent imperialists in charge than competent ones. The Left always performs better when out of power as they did during the Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, and Trump years. The idea of the feds as the protectors of human/civil rights needs to be debunked and delegitimized. Also, public opinion trends moderate to liberal on many of these controversial social issues. The more alienated public opinion is from the government, the better.

By Sharon Zhang, Truthout

After a draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court is prepared to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade leaked on Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) warned that the conservative-dominated Court will go after gay marriage next as LGBTQ rights come under attack across the country.

The draft opinion, written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, criticizes Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage, and the Lawrence v. Texas opinion of 2003, which legalized sex between gay couples – though gay people have continued to face prosecution despite this ruling. These decisions aren’t “deeply rooted in history,” Alito wrote in the leaked draft opinion.

As anti-LGBTQ laws have spread across states and LGBTQ activists have sounded the alarm about their rights being taken away, Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that these changes could soon be coming at a federal level.

“​​As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion – they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights,” she said on Monday. “[Sen. Joe] Manchin is blocking Congress [from] codifying Roe. House has seemingly forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These two points must change”.

House Democrats have passed legislation that would effectively legalize abortion across the country, barring states from implementing abortion bans like Texas’s restrictive law that was upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

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