A group of pro-choice advocates was filmed allegedly taking abortion pills in protest outside the Supreme Court as arguments were being made over a Mississippi pro-life law challenging Roe v. Wade.
The unhinged display shows four women drawing attention to themselves by repeatedly shouting “abortion pills forever.”
Others held a large flag behind the women as a backdrop which read: “We are taking abortion pills forever.”
The activists reportedly were with a group called ‘Shout Your Abortion,’ on hand to express their concerns over the Supreme Court case that has implications for two longstanding precedents, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
On one hand, a sad and disgusting effort by the group.
On the other hand, likely a good thing that these women won’t be procreating any time in the near future.
Of course, there’s no proof that what they took were actual abortion pills. The boxes held up for the camera with the words “abortion pills” in giant block letters and nothing else seem to indicate that those, at least, were little more than props.
The pills themselves could have been Flintstone vitamins as far as anybody knows.
One of the group’s advocates, Amelia Bonow, in an interview with Rewire News Group explained why they’re focusing on abortion pills.
Bonow suggested the Supreme Court’s review of Mississippi’s abortion law “feels like we are descending into hell” and said women’s access to the pills is a way of saying, “F*** the Supreme Court — we’re doing it anyway.”
The fact that they were able to take the pills in front of the Supreme Court indicates they’d be just as capable of taking birth control pills so pregnancy never takes place in the first place.
Oral arguments in the case in which Mississippi is asking the court to strike down a lower court ruling that blocked its 15-week abortion ban law from taking effect ended around noon Wednesday.
This past July, The Political Insider reported that Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) had filed a 60-page brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Fitch argued that the case for overturning the precedents set in those instances is overwhelming, calling them “egregiously wrong” and “hopelessly unworkable.”
Reuters reports that following arguments, conservatives on the Supreme Court “signaled a willingness to dramatically curtail abortion rights in America and perhaps overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.”
The outlet notes a 6-3 conservative advantage on the court though, in reality, it’s closer to 5-4 with Chief Justice John Roberts consistently ruling alongside liberals during his tenure.
And, on that note, Roberts seemed to fret about overturning precedent and opening up the floodgates should the Court choose to do so.
“There are a lot of cases around the time of Roe, not of that magnitude, but the same type of analysis, that that went through exactly the sorts of things we today would say were erroneous,” Roberts said.
“If we look at it from today’s perspective, it’s going to be a long list of cases that we’re going to say were wrongly decided.”
Still, Roberts openly wondered why 15 weeks is not enough time to make the decision on having an abortion.
“Why would 15 weeks be an inappropriate line?” he asked. “Viability, it seems to me, doesn’t have anything to do with choice. But if it really is an issue about choice, why is 15 weeks not enough time?”
Offering up a glimmer of hope, Justice Samuel Alito stated, “There are circumstances in which a decision … must be overruled simply because it was egregiously wrong at the moment it was decided.”
Despite the conservative makeup of the court thanks to former President Donald Trump’s nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, it seems unlikely, in my view, that this group would have the moral courage to overturn Roe v. Wade.
A decision on the case will likely come in the Spring.
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