Over the course of the past few years, we’ve had the dubious privilege of watching one Supreme Court nominee after another give disingenuous answers to questions about Roe v. Wade, the right to medical privacy, and specifically the right to choose an abortion. Now, the House Republican leader would like us to believe that we can definitely totally for sure trust that the same Justices won’t come after other rights.
If you’ve watched Supreme Court confirmation hearings over the course of the Trump Administration, you’ve heard nominees dodge the question of whether they would, given the opportunity, overturn the precedent set in Roe. Instead of answering that, they’ve just repeated dodgy statements about Roe being an established precedent.
When they did, indeed, join an opinion overturning Roe (surprise surprise), they did so alongside a separate, concurring, opinion, by Justice CLarence Thomas.
The majority opinion did not indicate an intention to revisit or overturn certain other precedents based on an assumption of privacy, like marriage equality or access to contraceptives. However, Thomas’ concurring opinion did, openly and clearly. His opinion even suggested the freedom to enter a same-sex relationship (apart from marriage) could be on the table.
Kevin McCarthy doesn’t think this is a problem, since the majority opinion didn’t make the same threat.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claims Justice Clarence Thomas calling for the Supreme Court to re-examine cases protecting contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage won’t be “used in a campaign.”
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McCarthy says that if Democrats try to use Justice Thomas’ opinion as a warning in upcoming campaign ads, Republicans can combat it by just reading off the majority opinion, which he seems to think will prove that these rights aren’t on the table.
Does he genuinely think nobody will remember that Trump appointees tried to convince voters that Roe wasn’t on the table, either?
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com