Biden’s statement on Texas and Supreme Court’s destruction of Roe v. Wade is not enough

Biden’s statement on Texas and Supreme Court’s destruction of Roe v. Wade is not enough

It has taken a lot of right-wing think-tanking and a lot of anti-democracy maneuvering, but the United States Supreme Court has successfully ended the decades of legal protections afforded women by Roe v. Wade. They were able to do this at midnight Sept. 2, choosing not to act on Texas’ draconian law that bans abortions after six weeks—a time frame in which most women do not have any idea they’re pregnant, and much sooner than most doctors tell you to even come in for a checkup. Also important to note: Texas’ law codifies real Orwellian vigilante justice.

Conservatives in this country would like to maintain their ill-gotten Supreme Court majority. There are the three conservatives placed on the court by a minority-elected Donald Trump; two other conservative judges who were put on the court by the dubiously elected George W. Bush; and Clarence Thomas, who was nominated by Bush Sr. and was a dirtbag who shouldn’t have made it through the nomination process in the first place. On top of all of that, the Supreme Court’s recent conservative decisions fly in the face of most Americans’ beliefs and morals. They more closely match a corporate Christian theocracy. On Wednesday, with calls for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party to fight fire with actual governmental action, Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Biden’s call for Congress to write Roe v. Wade into law. It isn’t enough.

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PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI: Our focus, and the president’s focus, is to reiterate our deep commitment to the Constitutional right, of course, established by Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago and to continue to call for the codification of Roe—something the president talked about on the campaign trail, the vice president talked about on the campaign trail, and this highlights even further the need to move forward on that effort.

Biden has been a proponent of using Congress instead of expanding the Supreme Court to create a federal law that would supersede outrageous rulings like the one recently passed and upheld in Texas. In January, on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Biden wrote, “Now is the time to rededicate ourselves to work ahead. From codifying Roe to eliminating maternal and infant health disparities, our Administration is committed to ensuring everyone has access to the health care they need.” 

That was January. This isn’t enough, and not enough is what we’ve had for far too long. Whittling away at Americans’ actual rights while frightened and superstitious shit-for-brains screech about masks stealing their dignity leads to these genuine human rights losses. Kids having to wear masks in schools is orders of magnitude not comparable to women being unable, under the threat of the punishment of jail time, to make reproductive decisions about their own bodies.

On Thursday, Biden released a statement saying: “I am directing that Council and the Office of the White House Counsel to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision, looking specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe, and what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties.” This statement is correct, but let’s be honest: The White House already knows what legal tools they have or do not have in this circumstance.

The responses to the Supreme Court’s and Texas’ perverse Christian fundamentalism came fast and furious. Legal analyst Joyce Alene, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, wrote: “If the Texas statute survives judicial scrutiny, other states can adopt similar laws. That means no safe harbors for women & especially a horrible impact on those who are poor.” Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley called on her colleagues to pass The Women’s Health Protection Act

Jen Psaki announces that the White House is calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect Roe v. Wade.

— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 1, 2021

But as many have pointed out, saying a lot of stuff isn’t the same as doing a lot of stuff, and right now all the hemming and hawing that people have done over the years—like saying that Roe v. Wade was settled law—is moot.

There is an awful lot of word salad coming from Democratic politicians today who say they are going to fight back against the Texas law that the Supreme Court has allowed to take effect but also cannot say what that means.

— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 1, 2021

But we know what needs to be done. Adam Jentleson, former chief of staff for Sen. Harry Reid, makes it clear:

If you are not willing to reform the filibuster and expand the court, you are not willing to do what it takes to win this fight. If we keep playing beanbag while they play hardball, the results will be more of this. It’s that simple.

— Adam Jentleson 🎈 (@AJentleson) September 1, 2021

From President John Adams to President Thomas Jefferson to President Abraham Lincoln, everyone has expanded or contracted the court.

Expand the court.

— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 1, 2021

The three branches of our government are supposed to check and balance powers for majority rule to win the day, not the other way around.

A Supreme Court where 5 of 6 conservative justices were appointed by GOP presidents who initially lost popular vote & confirmed by senators representing minority of Americans are taking away voting rights & reproductive rights from millions of Americans. This is not democracy

— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) September 1, 2021

To be clear, an actual anonymous “whistleblower” website has been created to get people to throw their neighbors under the bus.

This is real, and it made me cry.

— Deborah Copaken (@dcopaken) September 1, 2021

And some advocates are making sure to work as hard as possible to spam the shit out of that digital Salem witch trial website.

Hey everybody, there’s a whistle blower website to report women getting abortions in Texas and I have been working on spamming it with fake tips featuring illicit and disturbing content. Please join me.

— Cam (@cameron_kasky) August 24, 2021

And finally, it’s not just this. It’s not simply “abortion” that the Christian right and this Supreme Court want to curtail. They want to clip everyone who isn’t willing to say the eye of the needle is larger than a camel.

It’s abortion rights. It’s voting rights. It’s workers’ rights. It’s civil rights. Expanding the Supreme Court is a matter of life and death.

— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) September 1, 2021

The time for President Biden and congressional Democrats to act is now.

From Daily Kos at Read More. This article is republished from DailyKos under an open content license. Read the original article at DailyKos.

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