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Friday, May 13, 2022

Jamelle Bouie - The end of Roe, in [the Alito draft's] telling, is a victory for democracy against judgeocracy. That might be true, if Americans lived with fair and representative institutions. But they don't. And even if they did, there's more to democracy than just voting or the process of making a law.

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Which is to say that the pro-democracy argument against Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to have an abortion falters on a few key realities. The first relates to democratic government, or the lack thereof, in the states. The second relates to the expansion of state power inherent in any effective law against abortion. And the third concerns the intimate relationship between bodily autonomy and political equality.

[T]here are a number of states - home to tens of millions of Americans - where voters may not actually have the power to elect lawmakers to protect the abortion rights they say they want. If states and state legislatures are supposed to be the places where democracy happens - and that itself is debatable - then these facts are a real challenge for the pro-democracy case against Roe.

Next is the matter of the abortion bans themselves. Republican-led states have already introduced bills that would criminalize patients as well. But even if that weren't the case, there's simply no way to enforce an abortion ban without the state intruding deeply into women's lives.

Democracy rests, on paper at least, on the idea of political equality - that all citizens have equal standing and equal say when it comes to representation and political decision-making.

But equal standing is undermined and eroded when the state can effectively seize your person for its own ends - that is, when it can force you to give birth. And the erosion of political equality has social consequences; it leads to disregard and disrespect, to treating the people in question as a subordinate class.

Excellent counterargument to the dismissive historical writings of Alito in his leaked opinion.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-05-13 03:23 PM | Reply

... Pro-Democracy Roe Argument Falters When It Meets Reality...

Yup.

But that is not the point of what the Republicans are trying to do.

The Republicans are trying to change reality, to bend it to what they imagine reality to be.

In the Republican reality, facts do not matter.

Agreement with what you are told to be real is all that is matters.

Fealty over thinking.

Why do you think Republicans are so against education?

They do not want the governed to think.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-13 08:02 PM | Reply

tHE FACT THAT IS OVERLOCTIONS WERE HEAVILY ctionsOKED BY THAT ARGUMENT IS THAT IN MANY STATES, ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTH, ELEctions were heavily tilted to favor very conservative white Protestant male candidates. At that time in our history nonpwhiyes and women needed the Supreme Court to recognize rights thar Legislatures would have ignored for many more years. Alito's backward thinking will take us back to a Jim "Crow-like" version of democracy quicker than anyone reaizes and it a tragedr AMrica yhat hestill sits on the court.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2022-05-14 11:04 AM | Reply

Have you noticed yet?

All of the Republican/Trumpy arguments falter when they meet with reality.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-05-15 12:15 PM | Reply

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