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While the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments on a major abortion case, pro-abortion demonstrators outside triumphantly swallowed what they apparently claimed were pills often prescribed to terminate a pregnancy.
The presumably pro-Roe v. Wade trio stood in front of a banner that read “We are taking abortion pills forever” and led supporters in a pro-pill chant. It’s possible, however, that this was just a form of performance art, and that they were downing harmless tablets of some kind.
The protesters assembled as the high court was listening to legal arguments Wednesday on both sides of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to determine the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks and that, at least within that state, imposes limits on the landmark 1973 Roe decision that found a privacy right up to the third trimester.
Contrary to the corporate media narrative, not every American seems to fit squarely in the pro-life or pro-choice camp. Reports and polls show that many are understandably conflicted about this very sensitive and complex personal issue.
“Today, the country remains deeply divided. Polls show strong support for Roe in principle but also support for limiting it,” fair-minded liberal law professor and pundit Jonathan Turley asserted.
WATCH: Pro-abortion activists take abortion pills outside of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/hcbQOaiRFQ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 1, 2021
In an interesting footnote to history, the “my body, my choice” cohort, particularly among the Democrats, in general, seems to have abandoned that philosophy completely when it comes to COVID-19 vax mandates.
In another interesting footnote, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even as she is celebrated for championing women’s rights, questioned to some degree the wide-ranging scope of Roe that overrode all state laws in effect at that time.
“A less encompassing Roe, one that merely struck down the extreme Texas law and went no further on that day…might have served to reduce rather than to fuel controversy,” Ginsburg said in a December 1992 lecture at New York University.
“Indeed, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a critic of Roe, seeing it as too sweeping in supplanting state laws. She later blamed the case for reversing the trend toward more pro-choice states,” Turley recalled.
“Pro-choice advocates hope Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh can again be lured to the center to vote with the three liberal justices. Arguments over ‘super precedent’ may have traction with Roberts, who is known as an institutionalist and incrementalist, uneasy about the court ordering transformative changes in society. Reversing Roe is the ultimate sticker-shock moment for Roberts,” the George Washington University Law School professor explained.
Mississippi abortion case review may be gateway for SCOTUS to strike down Roe v. Wade https://t.co/FfJCJEwf8o
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) November 28, 2021
Last term, SCOTUS, which has a 6-3 conservative majority depending on how conservative is defined, issued a flurry of 9-0 decisions which may reflect Roberts’ tendency for the above-mentioned incrementalism, and that may or may not play out in a potential narrow ruling in Dobbs.
Turley describes the latter as “the most consequential abortion case in decades,” unlike previous overhyped cases that the abortion-on-demand-supporting media presented as apocalyptical.
“Dobbs has everything that you would need for a Roe-killing case. That does not mean the court will do so, but it could substantially reduce Roe’s hold over states. The more interesting question is not whether Roe will go but whether ‘viability’ is still a viable basis for limiting states on abortion legislation,” he said.
Reacting to the above video, Twitter commenters implied that the activists were engaging in unseemly behavior that trivializes an extremely serious issue. Here is a sampling:
I am pro-choice but celebrating such a difficult decision is sad.
— Ed Mele (@ed_mele) December 1, 2021
As someone whose had an abortion and regretted it deeply, I really feel for these women who may one day remember this moment and feel very sad. This debates needs to end so we can talk more about how we feel once we’ve made the choice and gone through with it. I’m all for choice
— REXETTE (@xREXETTEx) December 2, 2021
I have repeatedly said you will never know your true stance on abortion until you are actually faced with the decision. I’m against being told what I can/cannot do with my body but I also know there are multiple other choices to make to mitigate getting pregnant, too.
— TMoney (@TMoney08910696) December 2, 2021
Willing to bet those are tic-tacs.
The implications of the marketing behind this nonsense is horrible though.
— rachel + leotta 🎄🦁🎄 (@rachel_leotta) December 1, 2021
Being pro-choice and this psychosis are two different things
— Mike (@Riconene32) December 1, 2021
A big box that says ABORTION PILLS lol. Might as well say ACME on the side. For sure these are something else they are taking. It’s a show.
— TheBuckStocksHere (@BDennie20) December 1, 2021
It’s one thing to have concerns about health during pregnancy so much so that you’re considering terminating a life. It’s another thing entirely to celebrate taking a life. This is disturbing.
— Joe Winton (@JoeWinton) December 1, 2021
I will never understand the people who get excited about having abortions. It’s one thing to support having the right, another to openly celebrate it like you won a raffle.
— GRAVY BREAD (@titobamdizzle) December 1, 2021
From the looks of it, they’ll never need an abortion anyways so idk why they’re so passionate about this.
— Red Eagle Politics (@RedEaglePatriot) December 1, 2021
Very disturbing. Are they actually aborting their pregnancy right here? And acting liking it’s something glamorous and cool. I think for those who turn to abortion, it should be after much thought and consideration. I don’t think it is something to be celebrated. Disg!
— Lisa Lloyd (@seahawksfaninDE) December 2, 2021
I am not pro or anti abortion. Women should have the right if needed to have one. Using it as birth control because you are careless is not an option. Teach the teenagers about birth control. But three people here are paid activists.
— PhilPacker82 (@PPacker82) December 2, 2021
Absolutely disgusting to be joyful abort taking a pill that ends a life. I support pro-choice but this is ludicrous. But, I’m guessing this females weren’t even pregnant
— 💙 Fitzy (@thesurfsflat) December 2, 2021
Who celebrates abortion? Pro-life or not, abortion is an awful, painful choice for most women. To see these women acting like it’s a fun and exciting part of their day is just horrific.
— Gina Jacoy (@ginajacoy) December 2, 2021
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