Updated: May 13
Republican congressional leaders applauding the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion about overruling Roe v. Wade make clear they relish the success of their decades-long effort to control the bodies of every woman in this country.
As if that were not chilling enough, the text of this ruling is an invitation to reverse Supreme Court precedents protecting the right to birth control, interracial marriage, same-sex marriage and equal treatment for gays, lesbians and transsexuals.
If this draft becomes law, as is likely, every city, county and state in this country will be exposed to Republican lawmakers who will capitalize on the opportunity to criminalize behavior currently protected by the Constitution.
If ever an action at the national level had an impact locally, this is it, thanks largely to the last three Republican presidents, who nominated the five Supreme Court justices who here reject precedent and principle: George H.W. Bush (Clarence Thomas), George W. Bush (Samuel Alito) and Donald Trump (Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett).
Every potential voter should know exactly whom she or he is voting for at every level of government, and vote accordingly. The stakes could not be higher.
Letter to the Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, May 8, 2022, by Marvin Morse, former Board Member, Longboat Key Democratic Club