Tuesday, November 30, 2021

If… (Part Two)

After I posted my blog yesterday which I wrote late last week I came across an article in Pink News that backs up what I wrote.
Supreme Court abortion case could lead to more attacks on human rights – including LGBT+ rights
This week, the US Supreme Court will hear Mississippi’s case for overturning the Roe v Wade decision that federally guaranteed the right to an abortion.
By Lily Wakefield
November 29, 2021

But advocates for reproductive rights are nervous.

The Mississippi case marks the most serious challenge to Roe v Wade in decades, and the court hearing the arguments, beginning on 1 December, has a 6-3 conservative majority thanks to Donald Trump.

Shannon Brewer, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in the whole of Mississippi, told ABC: “This is the most worried I’ve ever been.”
So what does this have to do LGBTQ+ people?
The granting of abortion rights across America relied on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the fifth and 14th amendments of the US constitution.

Both amendments guarantee that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”. According to the court’s interpretation, the right to privacy falls under “liberty”, and therefore so does the right to an abortion.

But other rights relating to bodily autonomy, including contraception and same-sex marriage, also rest on this interpretation, and are classed as “due process rights”.

Marshall Martinez, executive director of Equality New Mexico, told the non-profit news organisation New Mexico Political Report: “There is a real possibility that if this court said Roe was wrongly decided, it never gave us the right to privacy, then there could be other challenges.”
The potential “diminishment of the 14th amendment”, which would result in a diminishment of the right to privacy and bodily autonomy, could topple a multitude of LGBT+ rights, from marriage equality, to gender-affirming healthcare, to sex itself.
That is what I wrote yesterday in my Rant, that the court might weaken the Fourteenth Amendment and they might see other “Rights” as superseding the Fourteenth Amendment.

Be very worried, this Supreme Court has been packed with justices that are evangelical Christians and put the Bible before the Constitution they were picked by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.

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