When we think of the Supreme Court cases that anchor our justice system, we think of Marbury v Madison, Brown v Board of Education, Gideon v Wainwright, Mapp v Ohio, Miranda v Arizona, and Roe v Wade to name a few. -ones. Not in our wildest imagination would we think either of these cases would be overturned. Yet the current Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade and weakened Miranda v Arizona within a week of each other. There was a leak that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v Wade during this session, but there was no signal for the Miranda V Arizona. That the leaked content related to Roe v Wade has now been proven to be true, there are all sorts of inquiries as to where the leak came from as the current court had planned to issue its decision without notice and therefore change the course of history for some time to come. These two Supreme Court actions show that elections have consequences.
Roe v Wade was the landmark case handed down in 1973. The decision gave women the right to choose, the right to abortion, and declared anti-abortion laws in place at the time unconstitutional. The Roe v Wade decision has sparked debate since its publication until today. The case was so big that since it became law, every Supreme Court justice has been asked during confirmation whether or not they would support overturning Roe v Wade. Even Trump’s most recent appointees have been asked about their stance on the matter. As these candidates made their rounds to meet with senators and the Senate Judiciary Committee, they swore they considered Roe v Wade a judicial priority and would not try to have Roe v Wade overturned. They lied!
So what changed and why did the Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade? Well, this action has its roots in the group called the Federalist Society. The Federalist Society is the group Trump has relied on to vet his candidates for federal courts at all levels. This decision essentially outsourced the judicial appointment process and ignored American Bar Association ratings. All of Trump’s recent appointees were ultra-conservative and espoused the Federalist Society’s position on abortions. However, when asked about Roe v Wade during the confirmation hearings, each of the most recent judges and those who preceded them said they recognized Roe v Wade as a priority and as such would not try to change it. . After all, Roe v Wade was 50 years of legal precedence.
What does this reversal say about the integrity of these judges? What’s happened since they confirmed they were going to plot and then turn Roe against Wade in a sneaky way? These judges are simply following the dictates of the Federalist Society. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court came forward and overturned Roe v Wade. With this decision, women lost their right to make decisions about their own bodies. It also signals that the Supreme Court is becoming an activist court. “judge clarence thomas” writing the court’s concurring opinion, said the court should also consider other cases, including those dealing with gay rights and contraceptives, and seek to overturn them. This is clearly an excess on the part of the Court.
What does this action portend for the future? The actions of the Supreme Court in the Miranda and Roe cases show that there is an infringement on the personal rights of citizens and that the Court is not sensitive to the security of its citizens. The latter was evident in the reversal of the New York gun case. The Supreme Court’s action in the case invalidated a longstanding case limiting the concealed carry of firearms outside one’s home. As the United States Congress finally passed gun control legislation, the Supreme Court undermined that action before Congress could implement the new law.
In overturning Roe v Wade, the real question is what prompted the Supreme Court to take this step? Is it religion, politics or male domination? Or is it all three. The fact is that all of these sectors are dominated by white men, and their historic decisions have failed to respect the rights of women and minorities. In the Supreme Court’s most recent history, justices gutted the Voting Rights Act, scrapped the Miranda Act, improved access to guns and denied women the right to make decisions about their own body. Given the state of our society, don’t be surprised if more rights are stripped by the courts. You can change this decision to an autocratic government by exercising your right to vote. Elections have consequences. Not voting has even greater consequences.