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‘With Sorrow, We Dissent’: The Three Justices Who Rejected Dobbs – Ms. Magazine

By Stephen Rohde, July 5, 2022

Editor’s Note: Below is the PDF dissent for you to read/download.

For the first time in American history, the Supreme Court has rescinded a constitutional right and conferred it on the states where it may be regulated, abolished and criminalized. (Stefani Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images)

In one of the most important dissenting opinions in Supreme Court history, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan systematically refuted the arrogant, cruel and legally unsound majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization eliminating a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

The masterful 60-page dissent, with extensive legal citations, deserves to be read by everyone who cares about the future of the United States’ constitutional democracy.

–from article

For the first time in American history, the conservative majority has rescinded a constitutional right and conferred it on the states where it may be regulated, abolished and criminalized.

–from article

For half a century, Roe v. Wade and later, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, “have protected the liberty and equality of women,” Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan wrote.

Roe held, and Casey reaffirmed, that in the first stages of pregnancy, the government could not make that choice for women. The government could not control a woman’s body or the course of a woman’s life. It could not determine what the woman’s future would be. Respecting a woman as an autonomous being, and granting her full equality, meant giving her substantial choice over this most personal and most consequential of all life decisions.”   

Source: ‘With Sorrow, We Dissent’: The Three Justices Who Rejected Dobbs – Ms. Magazine

Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows – POLITICO

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court.

By Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward, 05/02/2022 08:32 PM EDT, Updated: 05/03/2022 02:14 PM EDT

Abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 1, 2021. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.

The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision — Planned Parenthood v. Casey — that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.

Download and read the draft opinion yourself…

Editor’s Note: Read more, see link below for original item…

Source: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows – POLITICO

Opinion | No, the Constitution is not ‘neutral’ on abortion – The Washington Post

The vision of getting the courts out of the abortion-deciding business sounds so reasonable, so alluring. It is also wrong, misleading and dangerous.

By Ruth Marcus, Deputy editorial page editor, Post 12/07/2021

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Abortion is different from these examples, of course, because it is not mentioned in the Constitution. But that does not make abortion unique among constitutional rights. There are any number of rights that the court has long found fall within the bounds of constitutional protection even though they are not specifically mentioned in the text. The right to travel. The right of parents to educate their children as they choose. The right to contraception. The right to private sexual conduct. The right to marry a person of another race. The right to marry a person of the same gender.

Source: Opinion | No, the Constitution is not ‘neutral’ on abortion – The Washington Post