Here we go! Rachel Maddow warns of ‘South American-style, nationwide abortion ban’ if GOP wins WH

The Leftist hysteria in the wake of the news that the Supreme Court will likely overturn Roe v. Wade has been predictably overwrought.

And one of the more amusing reactions comes courtesy of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who commiserated with Chris Hayes during a six-minute handoff as “The Rachel Maddow Show” was set to begin. This occurred just as a Politico report dropped that detailed a leaked draft purporting to show that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the longstanding and contentious Roe v. Wade ruling, which has made abortion the law of the land since 1973. It also appears to reject Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the equally controversial 1992 addendum upholding Roe.

“I am absorbing this right now, as you are talking about it, uh, Chris,” Maddow said in her exchange with Hayes.

“This is, I mean as far as…you and I both need more time to process this than is afforded by the fact that we’re live on television right now. But, do we share the understanding that this is the first time before a ruling has been issued we have seen what purports to be the draft ruling ever leaked to the press?”

It wasn’t exactly Maddow’s most articulate and eloquent moment, but it was clearly a testament to her emotional reaction to the news.

“That is my understanding,” Hayes responded.

He added: “I think you and I, who are both kind of SCOTUS buffs, and have always had an interest in the Court, it’s just a, sort of an arresting moment because the code of omertà around that institution is so strong and so powerful, that both the substance of what is being leaked here and the communicative signaling happening in the fact of the leak, is almost sort of emotional, at some deep level, because of what it signifies.”

It was at this point that Maddow sought to make dystopian comparisons to…South America.

“Yeah,” Maddow agreed, “and, I mean, when you were just speaking to Irin Carmon, as you said, you booked her today to talk about this new reporting that Republicans in Washington have been debating and planning on proposing a nationwide abortion ban, you know, a six-week abortion ban, which is effectively a complete ban on abortion in the United States.

“And if this ruling is going—if the ultimate ruling from the Court is going to look anything like this, and we’re going into a midterm season where the Republicans are poised to take the House and the Senate, um, then President Biden is still President Biden, and he would presumably veto such a measure. But, in the event that we had a Republican president in 2024, that’s where we’d be. We’d be at a South America-style, nationwide abortion ban in America,” she contended.

Hayes agreed.

“Just to be clear, it would be, and I can’t, you know, no one knows the future, and you and I think agree on that,” Hayes said, sensibly enough, “it would be the first bill. It would be H.R. 1 and S. 1…I don’t think there’s any question about that, that that would be the first bill in a Republican trifecta in a post-Roe landscape.”

At least abortion proponents will still have Virginia.


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