Rep. Jamie Raskin Rips Supreme Court docket Draft In opposition to Roe v. Wade

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) on Monday evoked the dystopia of a full-on “Handmaid’s Story” after a draft majority opinion by the Supreme Court docket overturning Roe v. Wade was revealed by Politico.

“Roe was egregiously incorrect from the beginning,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote within the doc, per Politico. “We maintain that Roe and Casey have to be overruled … It’s time to heed the Structure and return the difficulty of abortion to the folks’s elected representatives.”

In an interview with Rachel Maddow, Raskin, a constitutional lawyer, referred to as the leaked opinion “astonishing and appalling” and mentioned it might remove all rights to abortion.

“It situates the trajectory of the American proper the place Fox Information and Tucker Carlson need to go, which is to make us within the picture of Hungarian ‘intolerant’ democracy now. To maintain elections going, the place folks could be whipped up about numerous scapegoats. However to carve out and destroy the freedoms and the rights of the folks,” mentioned Raskin.

The courtroom’s official ruling on the matter will solely be ultimate as soon as it’s revealed, and justices can change their votes up till then, that means nothing is but determined.

Raskin agreed with the draft opinion that the phrase “abortion” doesn’t seem within the Structure — nor does “contraception” or the phrase “proper to privateness” — although that doesn’t imply these rights shouldn’t be protected.

Roe v. Wade was primarily based on an earlier 1965 ruling putting down a legislation banning contraception, stating that the Structure’s “due course of liberty clause features a proper to privateness over intimate decision-making,” Raskin mentioned. If Roe falls, that might additionally threaten the precise to contraception and privateness.

The draft opinion “would look like an invite to have ‘Handmaid’s Story’-type anti-feminist regulation and laws everywhere in the nation,” mentioned Raskin, referring to Margaret Atwood’s novel a couple of future by which ladies are pressured to offer delivery by a authorities run by males.

Raskin additionally mentioned that the draft opinion indicators a return of the Supreme Court docket to its “historic baseline of being a reactionary, conservative establishment to the far proper of every part else on the federal degree within the authorities.”

Try Raskin’s full interview within the video clip above.

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