Sotomayor warns of danger to Supreme Court legitimacy


Erin Schaff/New York Times

Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned whether the legitimacy of the Supreme Court would endure if it overturned abortion rights during a landmark hearing on a Mississippi law restricting the procedure.

Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?” Sotomayor said during oral arguments Wednesday morning. “I don’t see how it is possible.”

Sotomayor said that state legislatures are moving forward with abortion restrictions “because we have new justices,” referring to the three appointees by former President Donald Trump — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Those appointments have shifted the balance of the court to 6-3 in favor of conservatives. Sotomayor was appointed by Barack Obama in 2009.

“If people actually believe that it’s all political, how will we survive?” Sotomayor continued, arguing that any right, including the Second Amendment, could be in danger if the court’s legitimacy is undermined. “How will the court survive?”

RTFA for the detailed argument against the Republican Party’s flunkies on the Supreme Court.

I’m just taking a few lines to remind men reading this post that the original law governing NO rights for women to have abortions also stood as interpreted to mean that men had no right to have a vasectomy. I broke that law when I had my vasectomy and was liable for arrest and charges until Roe vs Wade threw out all aspects of that archaic religious crap.

Which is why I still send a few buck$ every month to Planned Parenthood. They fought just as hard for men’s rights as everyone else leading up to Roe vs Wade.

3 thoughts on “Sotomayor warns of danger to Supreme Court legitimacy

  1. p/s says:

    (Fox News): “Texas abortion law case: Gorsuch responds to Sotomayor’s claims of ‘chilling effect’ https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-abortion-gorsuch-sotomayor
    (Guardian UK): “The supreme court’s abortion ruling is even more unsettling than it may seem : In allowing Texas’s outrageous abortion ban to stay in place, the court signaled that it is willing to sacrifice its own legitimacy and power in order to destroy Roe” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/11/supreme-court-abortion-ruling-unsettling

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