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SCOTUS Conservative Leaked Draft Of Anti-Roe Opinion To Keep Roberts From Saving Abortion Rights: Report

Back in May, all of Washington was obsessed with one question: Who might have leaked the draft opinion that later became Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that gave American women the right to abortion?

Many conservatives insisted the draft must have come from a liberal on the court or a clerk working for one of the three progressive-minded justices, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor.

But a report from CNN suggests that the actual leaker was a conservative who did so to box out Chief Justice John Roberts.

On Tuesday morning, reporter Joan Biskupic told hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar:

“He (Roberts) was trying week after week after the initial vote in December after oral arguments at which five justices far on the right voted to overturn Roe, Roberts was alone in the middle wanting to uphold the ban on abortions but not go farther than Roe, but of course, you have the three liberals saying we don’t want to do any of this, we don’t want to disrupt abortion rights at all. Roberts keeps trying. And it’s interesting, not only did his work affect his efforts towards the two newest justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, but it had an effect on the others.”

Biskupic noted that conservatives on the high court soon became wary that Roberts might be able to turn the tide and get others to vote to save Roe, so they leaked the Dobbs ruling:

“The hard-right justices became concerned that he could be. And he was able to pick off justices on the far conservative side for more of a moderate conservative centrist. So they became anxious what he was up to.

And the liberals who had such a defeat this session, starting to have hopes that maybe Roe would not be overturned completely. But then on May 2nd, when the draft of the opinion was released and everything went public, it made John Roberts’ efforts all the harder because he’s a man who likes to work privately, in secret, offering some concessions himself. Seeking concessions for some sort of, as I say, cross-ideological compromise. It went down to the wire, according to my sources, but in the end, he made no headwind.”

For months, people such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have insisted that liberal justice leaked the Dobbs opinion. But the CNN report suggests that’s simply not correct. Instead, it was one or more conservatives (perhaps Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion), gave the draft to Politico and set off the firestorm that soon swept over the nation.

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Matt Gaetz: Women Who ‘Look Like A Thumb’ Don’t Need To Worry About Abortion Rights

There’s absolutely no need for unattractive women to march in support of abortion rights, according to accused sexual predator Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) because no one who “looks like a thumb” has to worry about getting pregnant.

Gaetz made his remarks, according to Business Insider, during a speech in Florida on Saturday:

Speaking to college students at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Gaetz referred to pro-choice women at rallies as “disgusting” and “odious on the inside and out.”

The Florida Republican, who is under investigation by federal authorities for allegedly transporting an underage girl across state lines and engaging in statutory rape with her, told attendees:

“Have you watched these pro-abortion, pro-murder rallies? The people are just disgusting. Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions?”

He then added:

“Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb. These people are odious from the inside out. They’re like 5′2″, 350 pounds, and they’re like, ‘Give me my abortions or I’ll get up and march and protest.’

“A few of them need to get up and march — they need to get up and march for like an hour a day. Swing those arms, get the blood pumpin’, maybe mix in a salad.”

Reaction on social media was immediate and deservedly harsh.

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Lauren Boebert: Roe v. Wade Doesn’t Affect The LGBTQ Community Because They ‘Can’t Get Pregnant’

Every time you read about Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), you probably wonder, “She cannot possibly get any dumber, can she?”

But as we’ve all learned since Boebert arrived in Congress two years ago, she does indeed get dumber, less informed, and clownish.

Today Lauren is weighing in on the issue of abortion and LGBTQ rights, two subjects she is wildly ignorant about.

After the House voted yesterday to codify same-sex marriage into federal law (with 47 Republicans crossing the aisle and voting with Democrats), Boebert went on television and said she couldn’t understand how the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court affected LGBTQ Americans because they can’t even get pregnant:

“I’m sorry, but if you’re not able to have a child, how does [the repeal of Roe vs. Wade] actually impact you?”

Clearly, Boebert didn’t bother to read (assuming she can actually read and comprehend) the concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas in the SCOTUS decision that struck down Roe. If she had, she would have seen this:

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous’ … we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents … After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated.”

Obergefell was the decision which made same-sex marriage in the United States, and yet Thomas wants it overturned, too.

So how does Roe affect LGBTQ Americans? It’s all a matter of privacy, which the current conservative majority on the high court seems to think none of us have a right to privacy.

Twitter quickly took over and gave Boebert the mockery and humiliation she so richly deserved.

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WATCH: Jim Jordan Hems And Haws When Asked If A 10-Year-Old Should Have To Give Birth To Her Rapist’s Baby

There are many things that can be said about Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and most of them aren’t charitable because he simply doesn’t deserve to have nice things said about him and also because there’s virtually nothing about him that mertis any sort of praise.

The Ohio Republican is still trying to extricate himself from a controversy of his own making, suggesting on Twitter earlier this week he didn’t believe a 10-year-old Ohio girl had been raped and forced to travel to Indiana in order to obtain an abortion so she wouldn’t have to give birth to the child of her rapist.

Here’s the tweet Jordan posted and later deleted:

So objectionable was Jordan’s tweet that even when he showed up on right-wing Newsmax Friday, he got grilled by the host, according to Mediaite:

“Should they be forced to carry out this child? Should they have this option? In the state of Ohio, sir, where do you fall on that?” Jordan was asked.

To call Jordan’s reply gobbledygook would be an enormous understatement:

“Well, this is a question. This is straight on this Supreme Court, Supreme Court’s decision.

“This is the question that the legislatures in the respective states will answer. I am as pro-life as you can be, we want to protect the unborn children as life. But in this situation you’re talking about you’re talking about a ten-year-old. But that’s a question for legislatures in the respective states.”

Jordan added:

“That’s exactly what the Dobbs decision said. And that’s where the people’s representative should make that decision in our state legislature.”

Jordan and his colleagues in the Republican Party are hypocrites. They say they want to end abortion in the United States, but they have no solutions when children are raped or women’s lives are in danger if they give birth. They want to try and have it both ways, but that’s simply not possible when it comes to an issue of fundamental privacy and reproductive choice.

Republicans have long dreamed of a day when the Supreme Court would make abortion illegal. But now that the court has done so, the GOP is like the proverbial dog who caught the car: They don’t know what in the hell to do next.

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Viral Video: Female Soldier Asks How She Can Defend A Country That ‘Treats Women Like Second-Class Citizens’

For just a moment, imagine you’re an American woman who is sworn to protect and defend the United States as a member of the U.S. military and yet the highest court in the land just made it clear that you’re now unable to control your own body if you live in certain states.

Such is the case with an Army medic who has gone viral with a video she posted on Tik Tok in which she asks why she is now being asked to defend a country that treats women like “second-class citizens.”

According to Mediaite, the female medic, identified only as Sgt. Rahasenfratz, spoke some truths that are resonating with millions:

“I just extended my contract to continue serving this country a week ago. How am I supposed to swear to support and defend the constitution and a country that treats its women like second class citizens?”

She then adds:

“How am I supposed to do that? How am I supposed to do that with pride? How am I supposed to do that with love and honor? How am I supposed to wake up every day and put on a frickin’ uniform that says United States Army, when the United States doesn’t even give a rat’s ass about me, it gives more of a rat’s ass about the guns they’re allowed to buy that kill the children that I’m forced to give birth to — think about that!”

Yes, conservatives need to think about that, but the chances are they won’t. After all, it would get in the way of their sworn allegiance to a policy that takes away one of the most fundamental rights a human being can have: Whether or not to procreate.

The soldier goes on to wonder about the effect the Supreme Court decision will have on women in the military:

“They probably were not thinking about this consequence, but it is one. And it affects the very people that those lawmakers hold to a higher standard because they support the troops. Do you really support the troops?

“Even though this is going to greatly lessen the retention of women in the ranks of this military? You support the troops, even though you are going to ruin some women’s careers. I’m deployed right now and I am a medic! So I know how this works — like, I have an extremely limited access to birth control.”

Make no mistake, the medic concludes: She will defend the country as she has promised to, even though she has been told by six SCOTUS justices that what she wants is irrelevant:

“I signed that contract. So I will serve my country, but you bet your ass, you’re gonna hear my voice because I will not stop. I will not rest. And I will not be silent because this is not an attack on reproductive rights. It is an attack on women in this country. 100%.”

Ironically, the video has gone viral in large part to it being shared on Twitter by right-wing conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec:

Share this video far and wide all over social media. It needs to be seen by every American.