The beginning of the activities of the Supreme Court on October 4, which has a majority of members appointed by the previous Administration and does not respond to pro-abortion ideological interests, has reignited the debate on abortion in the U.S.
In this sense, the press, social networks and public demonstrations reflect the concern that abortion ceases to be a woman’s right and the value of the life of the unborn child will be taken into account.
Roe v. Wade leftist tool in risk
Obviously, the pro-abortion movements so-called “pro-choice”, with great ideological content and no less economic interests, are the ones that organize and articulate those public demonstrations aimed at putting pressure on the members of the Supreme Court, an unprecedented fact in a country in which this organism has always had the last word and that is solidly established by the same American constitution.
Unprecedented efforts to intimidate the Supreme Court
We cite as an example the statement of Judge Samuel Alito, one of the members of this Court who said that the strong criticisms show “unprecedented efforts to intimidate the court” (see HERE).
To assess the climate and prospects for the abortion debate, we will refer to two recently published articles: that of the Washington Post newspaper, entitled “In political spotlight, Supreme Court embarks on extraordinarily controversial term” (October 2, 2021) and the BBC NEWS (October 5) showing the major legislative changes that may occur in the new period of the activities of the Supreme Court with its current configuration, putting the issue of abortion as the main and most controversial issue.
The current situation revolves around a famous decision of this court 50 years ago that, interpreting the constitution, defines abortion as a woman’s right, as reflected in the sentence in the “Roe v. Wade” case. We have recently carried out a study on this judicial decision with a legal and bioethical analysis (see “Who has the right to life? …“.)
The recent precedent of the passage by the Supreme Court of law in Texas limiting abortion, considered the most restrictive in 50 years, worries pro-abortion politicians and movements and encourages those who defend the rights to life of the unborn.
But what is on the agenda for this period is the restriction on abortion legislated in the State of Massachusetts, which is pending approval by the Supreme Court, considered by specialists as key to annulling the sentence in the Roe v. Wade case.
Always the Roe v. Wade tool
In this sense, twelve American states have prepared restrictive abortion laws to be approved by their respective democratic mechanisms pending the repeal of the aforementioned sentence; other states have gone ahead and have already legislated in that sense.
The aforementioned Washington Post article points out that “leftist politicians” are mobilizing to restrict the broad powers of the Supreme Court or see how its members can be changed.
Other issues such as the death penalty, state secrets and the possession of weapons are less controversial, but some have serious ethical implications, such as the death penalty to which we will refer when this specific issue is being discussed.
According to the BBC News, traditionally the verdicts of the Supreme Court are delayed in time because they have to overcome different stages, such as the presentation of possible amendments and oral discussion, but as some issues, especially abortion, are priorities “these deadlines could be speeded up and have unpredictable consequences.”