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USA: Roe v Wade leaks point to a win for white Christian fundamentalists

Critics Warn Alito Draft Threatens Much, Much More Than Abortion Rights

Thursday 5 May 2022, by siawi3


Roe v Wade leaks point to a win for white Christian fundamentalists

Maryam Jameela

4th May 2022


A leak from the US Supreme Court looks set to overturn Roe v Wade. This would overturn a range of abortion rights in the United States. As the Guardian reported:

The draft ruling would allow states to declare abortion illegal.

But one thing is certain, if the leaks come to fruition, as they seem set to, then this is a massive win for white Christian fundamentalists.

War on the poor

Grief and rage have been some of the themes in discussion online.

Human rights attorney Noura Erakat made it clear that a reversal of Roe v Wade would undoubtedly be a war on the poor: see here

Organiser K Adetoyin Agbebiyi also pointed out that healthcare is already broadly denied for a lot of people in the US: here

As many have had to point out in the past, making abortion illegal merely makes abortion unsafe: here

Christian fundamentalism

Some social media users taking in the news made comparisons to the Taliban. These tweets do not bear repeating.

As Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg pointed out, Christian nationalism plays a central part in the denial of abortion rights:here

Senior producer at Al-Jazeera+ Sana Saeed also had a response for those who, inexplicably, tried to drag Muslims into a decision from the US Supreme court: here

Lawyer Sheryl Ring cited the influence of evangelical white nationalism: here

As Jessica Glenza argued in the Guardian, overturning Roe v Wade is a flagship issue for white evangelical Christians: here

The religious right in the US has been laying the foundations of this decisive challenge to abortion rights for years. According to historians and researchers, it has taken decades of political machinations for the campaign to reach this zenith.

Social control

In fact, as one Twitter user pointed out, America is built on the use of reproductive rights as a form of violent social control: here

America has been built on the forced sterilisation of Black and Brown people as far back as the 1800s. Natasha Lennard reported that:

Alleged medical abuses on immigrant women’s reproductive systems are as American as apple pie.

Author of Killing the Black Body Dorothy Roberts explained how Black people are especially impacted: here

Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis put forward the connection between abortion rights and trans rights: here

Sinead Afford also highlighted the link between anti-trans legislation and the stripping back of rights for pregnant people:here


Lawyer Jill Filipovic responded to Breitbart News editor Rebecca Mansour’s extremely dubious claim that it was the American left that was “freaking out”: here

Genocide researcher Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura also took up Mansour’s tweet: here

As actress Kelechi Okafor said: here

Zoé Samudzi outlined exactly where voting has gotten the American electorate: here

The rights of pregnant people to make healthcare decisions about their own bodies are rights that affect poor people, people of colour, trans people, and many more marginalised groups. Voting is demonstrably not going to save the lives of pregnant people, and politicians have shown time and again that they do not care enough to meaningfully resist policies that harm vulnerable people.

We either have justice, rights, and autonomy for all – or we have nothing.



A woman cries in front of Supreme Court. A women cries while kneeling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2022 after a leaked draft opinion written by right-wing Justice Samuel Alito signaled the court will soon overturn Roe v. Wade, noting that the rights it protects are “not deeply rooted in the nation’s history and traditions.” (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

Critics Warn Alito Draft Threatens Much, Much More Than Abortion Rights

“Everything is on the table and clearly has been,” said one observer. “Marriage equality. Griswold. Loving. Don’t ever listen to anyone who tells you such fears are silly or overblown.”

Julia Conley

May 3, 2022

The draft opinion leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night portends future attacks not just on Americans’ right to obtain abortion care, said critics on Tuesday, but also on anyone whose rights the court’s right-wing majority does not view as “deeply rooted” in U.S. history.

“As written, the draft is quite blithe and unflinching in its disdain for the constitutional basis of gay rights.”

In the opinion, Justice Samuel Alito cited a number of reasons for the majority’s objection to legal abortion—including a discredited theory that abortion care is a racist tool of eugenics and Alito’s incorrect belief that “the costs of medical care associated with pregnancy and childbirth are covered by insurance”—but central to his argument is the claim that Roe v. Wade protects a right that is “not deeply rooted in the nation’s history and traditions.”

The phrase encapsulates “the most terrifying argument in that draft,” tweeted Oindrila Mukherjee, a professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Judging from the draft opinion—which, Politico reported, was also supported by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett when the court apparently voted to overturn Roe v. Wade earlier this year—“everything is on the table,” said writer Rebecca Traister, naming other Supreme Court decisions which affirmed rights for Americans.

In the opinion, Alito “disavows the entire line of jurisprudence upon which Roe rests: the existence of ’unenumerated rights’ that safeguard individual autonomy from state invasion,” wrote Mark Joseph Stern at Slate.

“The Supreme Court has identified plenty of ’unenumerated rights’ that lack deep roots in American history,” he added. “Most recently, the court established the right of same-sex couples to be intimate (2003’s Lawrence v. Texas) and get married (2015’s Obergefell v. Hodges). Alito dismissed both decisions in harsh terms.”

Other legal experts also raised alarm that the court’s conservative majority appears to be “a half step away from letting states criminalize same-sex sexual intimacy.”

Stern wrote that Alito appeared to include language in the draft opinion which suggested the overturning of Roe would not weaken the protections that were affirmed by Loving v. Virginia, which affirmed the right to interracial marriage; Griswold v. Connecticut, which protected the right to obtain contraceptives; Skinner v. Oklahoma, which held that compulsory sterilization of people convicted of crimes was unconstitutional; and Pierce v. Society of Sisters, which struck down a law requiring parents to send their children to public schools.

“But Alito actually makes it extremely clear that he is not including Lawrence or Obergefell in his category of safe precedents!” Stern said. “Instead, he appears to include them as an example of illegitimate rights like abortion, which he is overruling in this very opinion!”

“As written, the draft is quite blithe and unflinching in its disdain for the constitutional basis of gay rights,” he added.

Despite Alito’s claim in the draft that previous decisions pertaining to Americans’ right to privacy will not be overturned, journalist Emma Vigeland said, lower courts are likely to “chip away at birth control legality, appealing it all the way up to this extremist SCOTUS.”

At The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson wrote that with abortion rights found by the court to be not “deeply rooted” in U.S. history and therefore not protected under the Constitution, marriage equality could be overturned “within a year or two.”

“Unless another justice leaves the court, the constitutional right to marriage for all is going to be overturned,” Michaelson wrote. “The only question is whether Republicans will have a veto-proof majority (or the presidency in 2024) to ban both abortion and gay marriage anywhere in the nation.”

As Common Dreams reported Monday, with evidence emerging that the court is preparing to overturn Roe—likely making abortion illegal in more than two dozen states—Republican senators are currently developing a strategy to pass a nationwide ban on abortion care after six weeks of pregnancy, and anti-choice groups have lobbied potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates to run on passing the legislation.