the DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

    7/9/22...      14,953.68

    7/2/22...      14,918.70

   6/27/13…     15,000.00

 

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  7/9/22… 31,430.10; 7/2/22… 31,097.26; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for July 9, 2022 – “Mississippi Goddam!”

 

 

Just before dawn Wednesday outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Derenda Hancock propped a hand-scrawled placard on a folding chair.

“We Won’t Back Down,” it said in bold red letters.

Then she put up another sign — “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” — and plopped down on the sidewalk.

“This is the hardest day,” said the 63-year-old volunteer, lighting a cigarette as a boombox played Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”

It was the last day of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic. The last day Hancock would wrap her skinny arm around a patient as she ushered her through the clinic’s glass door for an abortion. The last day staffers would answer the phone — “Jackson Women’s Health. May I help you?” — knowing they actually could help.  (Los Angeles Times, July 7th)

Wednesday. July 6th would be the last day the Jackson Women’s Health Organization could provide abortions after a state court celebrated America, patriotism and the (red) flag by declining to block a near-total abortion ban from going into effect on Thursday.

The judge, Special Chancellor Debbra K. Halford, pulled the trigger on the trigger provision of the Supreme Court’s nullification of Roe v. Wade, where the overturning decision, THOMAS E. DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION, ET AL. became effective following the requisite period of adjudication was concluded; the overturning of the nearly half century old statute occurring June 24th on by a 6-3 margin, following the premise of a leaked document of concurrence by Justice Samuel Alito.  The No-Roe decision also included a separate concurrence by Justice Clarence Thomas, to the effect that the legal doctrine sending the issue back to the states to decide as they chose did not go far enough in advancing the cause of the pro-life plaintiffs, nor issues critical to other extreme right-wing partisans.  (See Attachment One)

Tuesday morning, attorneys for the clinic had asked Halford, to block the state’s 2007 trigger law from taking effect Thursday  - upon which date the ban would “prohibit abortions in the state of Mississippi” at any stage “except in cases where necessary for the preservation of the mother’s life or where the pregnancy was caused by rape.”

Halford rejected the clinic’s arguments that failure to block the law would cause “irreparable harm” to its workers and their patients.

“Although many of the harms alleged by Plaintiffs boil down to economic harms to the providers by having to close their clinics and to their patients for the costs of delivery and caring for unwanted children, the Court acknowledges that the psychological trauma suffered by the patients and the perceived loss of life opportunities they will face in a post-Roe world is significant, and irreparable from those patients’ perspectives,” the snarky judge wrote, ruling that “any decision to temporarily block the law “would clearly harm the state and its citizens” by “denying the public interest in enforcement of its laws.” She cited the June 24 Dobbs ruling’s finding that states have “‘legitimate interests’ in restricting abortion,” including “respect for and preservation of prenatal life at all stages of development” and “the elimination of particularly gruesome or barbaric medical procedures.”  (Mississippi Free Press, July 5th, See Attachment Two)

“The laws here advance those interests, and enjoining the laws would undermine those interests,” she wrote. “When considering this, clearly the real harm to the State of Mississippi and its citizens, current and future, flowing from the issuance of an injunction is outweighed by any potential threatened harm to Plaintiffs, if the injunction is not issued.”

Consequently, physicians at Jackson spent the Fifth trying to see as many patients as possible before Thursday.  Amid stifling summer heat and humidity, clashes intensified Wednesday between anti-abortion protesters and volunteers escorting patients into the clinic, best known as the Pink House, partisans of both factions thwacking one another over the head with their Bibles.

Dubbed “The Pink House” for its bubblegum-pink exterior walls, the clinic had long been the epicenter of the nation’s fight over abortion and the last bastion of reproductive rights in this staunchly conservative state.

Opening in 1995, an era when antiabortion activists mounted a fierce campaign of intimidation, the clinic steadfastly served women from across Mississippi and neighboring states. Since 2004, it had been the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.

 

When Dr. Cheryl Hamlin, who had traveled from Boston for five years to perform abortions, walked outside the Pink House, an abortion opponent used a bullhorn to yell at her. “Repent! Repent!" shouted Doug Lane.

His words were drowned out by abortion rights supporter Beau Black, who repeatedly screamed at Lane: “Hypocrites and Pharisees! Hypocrites and Pharisees!”  (CBS, July 7th)

Diane Derzis, who has owned the Mississippi clinic since 2010, drove to Jackson to speak at the Pink House hours after the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

“It’s been such an honor and a privilege to be in Mississippi. I’ve come to love this state and the people in it,” Derzis told those gathered in the sweltering heat.

Derzis told The Associated Press after the ruling that she didn't regret filing the lawsuit that eventually undercut nearly five decades of abortion case law.

“We didn’t have a choice. And if it hadn’t been this lawsuit, it would have been another one,” said Derzis, who also owns abortion clinics in Georgia and Virginia, and lives in Alabama.

 

Hancock, who co-founded the Pink House Defenders nearly 10 years ago, steeled herself for the final showdown between antiabortion activists preaching on the sidewalk and the security guards and volunteers in rainbow-striped vests escorting patients inside.

Early Wednesday, about an hour after Hancock arrived at the clinic, antiabortion activists were setting up folding chairs outside and erecting signs that said: “WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU.”

“I feel so sick I could throw up,” said Doug Lane, a 70-year-old pastor. “It’s terrible they’re going to kill babies in there today. These babies shouldn’t be dying. Roe vs. Wade is overturned.”

Lane was arrested for disturbing the peace outside the clinic the day it opened 27 years ago — and he said that the Lord had called him to be there since.

When the clinic’s executive director, Shannon Brewer, who has worked for the Pink House for more than 20 years, stepped out of a white SUV, the escorts gathered around her in the parking lot and clapped.

“Turn to Jesus, Shannon!” an antiabortion protester shouted. “Repent!”

The arrival of Dr. Cheryl Hamlin, who has traveled from Massachusetts for the last five years to perform abortions at the clinic, prompted more heckling.

“You are a wicked, wicked woman and you need to come to God today,” said Allan Siders, a 36-year-old landscaper, clutching a brown leather Holy Bible. “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. No murderers shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

An hour later, Hamlin emerged from inside the clinic.

“Repent! Repent!” Lane screamed through a bullhorn as he tried to approach her. But his words were drowned out by abortion rights activists who blocked him holding signs that said “TRUSTING WOMEN TODAY” and “KEEP YOUR THEOLOGY OFF MY BIOLOGY.”

 “Even though the Pink House Defenders will be more or less laying down our torches, it doesn’t mean we’ll be done,” Hancock said at a news conference that day. “Stay tuned for jezebel rebellion.”

 

(Come to think of it, there may not yet be a jezebel rebellion, but there is the first step... a Jezebel Magazine which, not surprisingly, had little of a positive nature to write about Mister Justice Thomas:

In a Friday afternoon press conference about the ruling, President Joe Biden specifically decried Justice Thomas’ concurrence, calling it “an extreme and dangerous path.” Biden said:

I’ve warned about how this decision risks the broader right to privacy for everyone. That’s because Roe recognized the fundamental right to privacy that has served as a basis for so many more rights that we’ve come to take for granted—that are ingrained in the fabric of this country. The right to make the best decisions for your health. The right to use birth control, a married couple in the privacy of their bedroom for God’s sake. The right to marry the person you love. Now Justice Thomas said as much today, he explicitly called to reconsider the right of marriage equality, the right of couples to make their choices on contraception.

It’s true that no one else joined this radically, horrifically transparent opinion. But Thomas has been calling for the court to overturn Roe for years and today he achieved that goal—which means that these other dreams of his could also become our future.

 

 

With the Mississippi clinic closing, Diane Derzis, who has owned the Mississippi clinic since 2010, and Shannon Brewer, the Pink House director, will soon open an abortion clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Derzis, who has worked in abortion care for 46 years and has adopted the handle “Abortion Queen,” said she plans to open a new clinic, Pink House West, next week in New Mexico. It will be more than 1,000 miles away from Jackson.

They plan to call it Pink House West. Derzis, on the morning after, gave an interview to A. Martinez of NPR, detailing her thoughts on the near future.

A. MARTINEZ: Now, critics of the Supreme Court's decision say that the ruling will only end safe abortions. Have you heard anything about people seeking riskier alternatives - I mean, heaven forbid - to safe abortion care?

DERZIS: Not yet, but it will not be surprising. You cannot tell a woman who is pregnant and does not want to be - I mean, from time immemorial, this has been going on. Abortion has been available. It's just this generation has never known a day without having access. So I think you're going to see a lot of that.

MARTINEZ: You mentioned how you made 100 referrals to places outside of Mississippi. How likely is it that the people that are going to be seeking those abortions will actually make those trips, make those journeys?

DERZIS: I think extremely likely. In fact, I can tell you that many of those patients ended up in Columbus, Ga., yesterday. And on the rest of the week, we have a clinic there as well. But, you know, wherever is the closest facility, that's where we're sending them. So right now, Georgia is it.

MARTINEZ: You mentioned how you're moving to Las Cruces, N.M. That's a southern part of New Mexico, 40 miles north of El Paso, Texas. Why there?

DERZIS: New Mexico, for the time being, is a very receptive state. We've been welcomed. And that obviously is closer to the Texas and Oklahoma borders and Arizona. So it seemed like one of the places we need to be. You know, that's not for every woman. The East Coast also has and the Midwest has - have facilities that are available.

MARTINEZ: And will you be a surgical abortion clinic there in Las Cruces?

DERZIS: We will be, yes.

 

As tension built outside the clinic on its last day, the L.A. Times reported, a police SUV stopped outside in the middle of the street. The escorts blasted Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” trying to drown out the protesters’ bullhorns.

The din grew louder as a stream of women and girls began to pull in to the clinic in sedans and SUVs with license plates from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

A woman clutching a blanket bowed her head as she was ushered past the bellowing street preachers toward the glass door, the L.A. Times continued.  (See Attachment Four)

“The Bible says thou shall not kill!” a protester hollered.

A clinic escort held up a placard: “GOD SEES YOU OUT HERE EVERY DAY HARASSING WOMEN AND SHE IS NOT HAPPY.”

Erin, 43, who declined to give her last name, said she and her sister had abortions at the clinic because their pregnancies had posed serious danger to their health. The clinic staff, she said, treated her with kindness and respect.

“A lot of women are going to die,” she said. “I want to show the workers leaving here how loved they are. How much they mattered to every one of us.”

Just before dusk, Hamlin left the clinic holding a bag of scrubs after cleaning out her locker for the last time. She had seen about 60 patients.

On Thursday, clinic staff will offer follow-up appointments to women who have already had abortions. The phones would be diverted and women will be referred to clinics in Columbus, Ga. (where it remains legal through 22 weeks until the legislature, as expected, acts and other states. About half of the Mississippi clinic’s staff will move to the new clinic in New Mexico.

The closure drew international attention.  With most neighboring states equally hostile to abortion, women in Mississippi who wish to end a pregnancy will have to resort to using abortion-inducing pills or traveling in some cases hundreds of miles (kilometers) to have an abortion in states like Illinois,” reported Agence France Press.  Elsewhere in the country, several other facilities have gone out of business.

“Whole Woman's Health announced Wednesday it was shuttering its four Texas clinics and opening a new one in neighboring New Mexico.

“Missouri's only clinic performing abortions, operated by Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, also stopped all such procedures as of June 23.

“Legal battles have delayed the end date in Louisiana, for example, but ultimately abortion access is expected to disappear in about half of the country's 50 states.”

 

Appeal, out of state x43

 

After the court’s decision to allow the state’s near-total abortion ban to take hold Thursday, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) cheered the ruling as “a great victory for life.”

“Every life has inherent dignity and Mississippi will continue to do everything it can to advance the fight for life,” Reeves added in a statement Tuesday to the Washington Post (See Attachment Six)

 

The implications of the reversal... telegraphed by the leakage of an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito weeks earlier... are profound but, if a further extension of the legal principal that privacy is not and should not be enshrined in the law of the land as promulgated by one of the concurring SCOTOIDS, Clarence Thomas resonates with a majority of the Trump Court, many other rights previously enjoyed by Americans will be taken away as totally and punitively as Roe v. Wade.

Thomas’ addendum – see Attachment One as includes the text (the entire decision, including three dissenting opinions can be found here) lays out explicit and implied nullifications and re-criminalizations of presumably settled law dating back anywhere from twenty to one hundred and twenty years.

Thomas acknowledged that Friday’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization does not directly affect any rights besides abortion. “But he argued that the constitution’s Due Process Clause does not secure a right to an abortion or any other substantive rights, and he urged the court to apply that reasoning to other landmark cases.”  (The Hill, 6/24)

 

Clarence, an essay in Esquire (See Attachment Two) reminded us “took office when the Supreme Court stopped the Florida recount in Bush v. Gore. This is a glimpse of what would have happened had Trump merely lost by one or two states. In fact, that 5-4 decision was a preview of the lawlessness that would come to define the Court's conservative majority in the 21st century.”

 

He specifically announced three explicit targets... after the morning-after pills are banned... writing, in his separate opinion: “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”

In Griswold v. Connecticut, the court ruled in 1965 that married couples have a right to access contraceptive. In 2003, the court said in Lawrence v. Texas that states could not outlaw consensual gay sex. And the court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

 

1) contraception (vasectomy)

If they're willing to strike down Griswold v. Connecticut, a 7-2 decision holding that Connecticut couldn't outlaw married couples from seeking contraception, they can surely do anything. (Esquire)  (Doctors reported a 900% increase in vasectomies in the weeks following repeal!)

 

2 gay marriage (Obergefell)

Speaking from the White House shortly after the decision was released, President Joe directly invoked Thomas’ concurring opinion and reasserted that the ruling “risks the broader right to privacy for everyone” as Politico reported,

Roe recognized the fundamental right to privacy that has served as a basis for so many more rights that we’ve come to take for granted, that are ingrained in the fabric of this country,” Biden said. “The right to make the best decisions for your health. The right to use birth control. A married couple in the privacy of their bedroom, for God’s sake. The right to marry the person you love.”

With his concurring opinion, Thomas “explicitly called to reconsider the right of marriage equality [and] the right of couples to make their choices on contraception,” Biden continued. “This [is an] extreme and dangerous path the court is now taking us on.”

"The millions of loving couples who have the right to marriage equality to form their own families do not need Clarence Thomas imposing his individual twisted morality upon them," Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff behind the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, told NBC News in a June 24th statement. "If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror."

Sarah Kate Ellis, head of the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, called Thomas’ opinion "a blaring red alert for the LGBTQ community and for all Americans."

"We will never go back to the dark days of being shut out of hospital rooms, left off of death certificates, refused spousal benefits, or any of the other humiliations that took place in the years before Obergefell," Ellis said in a statement. "And we definitely will not go back to the pre-Lawrence days of being criminalized just because we are LGBTQ."

"But that’s exactly what Thomas is threatening to do to the country," Ellis added.

 

 

3 gay sex  (Lawrence)

 

But living in sin might also cease being an option for gay men under a Trump/Thomas court (legally that is, once the queers are rounded up and incarcerated, that becomes a different story).

The decisions in the abortion cases opened the door for the court to protect the right to same sex sexual intimacy and same sex marriage in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003 according to the Texas Tribune.

 “They are all part of the same constitutional fabric, protecting autonomous decision making over the most personal of life decisions,” Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan wrote in their dissent.

“The Supreme Court’s decision has brought us into a new era where they are taking away rights instead of giving them,” said Rocio Fierro-Pérez, political coordinator for the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for individual liberties. “Abortion access is one of several fundamental rights that’s under attack including our right to vote, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and they’re all intertwined with our right to liberty in which Roe v. Wade was grounded.”

 

Just as Alito telegraphed the Row-peal, Thomas had already signaled his intent to get right with the extreme right by concurring in the “New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen” decision repealing New York’s stringent gun control regulations (preceded by the massacres in Texas and in Buffalo, New York and followed by the rampage at a Chicago suburb) as well as several other alt-conservative concurrences manifesting since the Trump Court’s 6-3 majority was established by the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

In a separate opinion Justice Thomas had also expressed a desire to revisit a landmark 1964 ruling that makes it relatively difficult to bring successful lawsuits against media outlets for defamation.

Thomas’s statement came in response to the court’s decision to turn away an appeal from a Christian nonprofit group who disputed their characterization by the civil rights watchdog group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as reported in The Hill (6/27).

 

Coral Ridge Ministries Media had sued the SPLC for defamation for listing them as a hate group on their public database, which led to Amazon excluding Coral Ridge as a recipient of charitable contributions from online shoppers.

Thomas dissented from the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the lawsuit, which had been dismissed by lower courts for failing to overcome the decades-old legal standard, established in the landmark 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan decision, that public figures who sue for defamation must not only prove defendants made defamatory statements, but that those statements were made with “actual malice.”

“This case is one of many showing how New York Times and its progeny have allowed media organizations and interest groups ‘to cast false aspersions on public figures with near impunity,’” Thomas wrote.

“SPLC’s ‘hate group’ designation lumped Coral Ridge’s Christian ministry with groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis,” the justice added. “It placed Coral Ridge on an interactive, online ‘Hate Map’ and caused Coral Ridge concrete financial injury by excluding it from the AmazonSmile donation program. Nonetheless, unable to satisfy the ‘almost impossible’ actual-malice standard this Court has imposed, Coral Ridge could not hold SPLC to account for what it maintains is a blatant falsehood.”

 

While the Supremes chose not to hear the existent matter, the tactics of the present lineup do admit the possibility of a hearing, and subsequent repeal, under some slightly different premises in the near or further future.

 

Thomas has also, according to the Esquire missive, concurred with the overturning of “settled law” in matters of the environment, tax funded religious schools and immigration.  They will not stop until they've imposed their vision for how individuals should live their lives on all of us,” the Esquire Empire concluded.  “They will not hesitate to shred precedent on their way there. We will all need to get accustomed to the idea that arbiters of the law can behave lawlessly.

They are coming for it all. The 40-year project to seize control of and make policy through the judiciary is coming to a thrilling crescendo. Who needs Congress when you've got SuperCongress?  Who needs democratic legitimacy when you've got the votes?  Now, the Don might ask... “Uh, doesn’t democratic legitimacy rely on voting?” and that might be so, although the influence of dark money, howsoever Godly... as darklighted by Citizens United... has apparently turned the nation’s highest judicial branch into a paysite.

In response, an assortment of predominantly Democratic politicians and liberal mediots have postulated other formerly “settled” rights that might be overturned, given the right right-wing circumstances.  Not only are these applicable to state and local laws, should Federal prohibitions be repealed, but... in a glaringly hypocritical reversal of the states’ rights doctrine beloved by conservatives... a series of Federal bans could be enacted given the right circumstances (e,g, a takeover of the House or Senate... or both... by the G.O.P.; perhaps followed by a restoration of Ol’ 45 to his previous domicile as the 47th American President in 2024.

There are stars shining in the eyes of the neo-authoritarians on the Court, in Congress and among the MAGAmob, and the next tagerts are likely to include LBJ’s iconic civil rights act (writing, "We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents”) or  privatizing social security.

The Supreme Court ruling was in a case called Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization — the clinic's challenge of a 2018 Mississippi law to ban most abortions after 15 weeks. The Pink House had been doing abortions through 16 weeks, but under previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings, abortion was allowed to the point of fetal viability at about 24 weeks.  (CBS 7/7, see Attachment Seven)

The suit was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court, three days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a case that originated in Mississippi. (The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has continued to see patients, but owner Derzis had said it would close if the near-ban on abortions takes effect.

And it did, and she did and they did... pro-choicers despired, pro-lifers rejoiced.

WKRG (Mobile) reported that, in arguments filed Sunday, “the state attorney general’s office had said the Mississippi Constitution does not recognize a right to abortion and the state has a long history of restricting the procedure.

“Text, history, and precedent all show that the Mississippi Constitution does not protect a right to abortion and that the laws here are valid,” the attorney general’s office wrote.

After the ruling, Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) said, “This law has the potential to save the lives of thousands of unborn Mississippi children. It is a great victory for life. I also believe it is critical that we showcase to every mother and child that they are loved and that their communities will support them. We have much more work to do. Every life has inherent dignity and Mississippi will continue to do everything it can to advance the fight for life.”

 

Justices in the majority played the race card, insinuating that the pro-choicers want to dampen the population growth of black, red and brown (and maybe yellow and poor white trash) babies; comparing their ruling to overturn Roe to the Supreme Court's overturning of its 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision.

 

After Friday's ruling, Thomas Dobbs' name will likely occupy a similar standing — shorthand for a seismic event in the nation's legal history. But Dobbs, a physician who is Mississippi's top health officer, says he has had nothing to do with the case that bears his name.

 

"It's just a quirk," Dobbs has said. His name is on the case, he noted, because of sovereign immunity protections. Instead of suing his state agency directly, plaintiffs must name Dobbs in court papers, because he's the executive in charge of the agency that inspects the Jackson clinic.

 

"Actually, that law passed before I was even in this job," Dobbs said, referring to Mississippi's abortion restriction that triggered the federal case. "Honestly, I have nothing to do with it."

Dobbs is an infectious diseases doctor who became Mississippi's top health officer in 2018. He's set to leave the post in July, saying he'll become dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's school of population health.

While people around the country invoked his name to discuss the future of abortion rights in the U.S., Dobbs has been trying to help Mississippi fight the COVID-19 pandemic. His tweets, for instance, often urge people to get vaccine booster shots, and seek out treatments such as Paxlovid and monoclonals if they get sick.

The Supreme Court, even under the nominal scrutiny of President Joe had previously telegraphed its intent to drag America back into the 1950s (or, perhaps, the 1850’s) by overriding a 100 year old precedent on concealed gun carry in New York... and, by extension, the entire country... and, on the following day, enforcing the Alito leak by repealing Roe v. Wade. 

 

A prose-poet-reporter... specifically, one Francine Prose, (waxing nostalgic in the liberal Guardian U.K. on the origins and text of Roe v. Wade – the good, the bad and the discarded... See Attachment Eight) attributed the Court’s decision to a distrust of – and ill will towards – women. It had permeated Justice Byron (“Whizzer”) White’s dissenting opinion on Roe v Wade, “in which he offered his idea about why someone might end a pregnancy: “Convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc.” 

Convenience? Dislike of children?” Prose snarled.  White was only getting started. “The court apparently values the convenience of the mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries.” Potential life? “And so we come to White’s gloves-off moment, his disagreement with the court’s contravening the states’ attempts to “protect human life” and instead “investing mothers and doctors with a constitutionally protected right to exterminate it”.

Exterminate is a strong word, as Prose did allow.  “Alito’s opinion is more tempered, but wholly lacking in Blackmun’s empathy or the grace of his language. Alito’s word choice is revealing. The words “human being” are invariably preceded by the word “unborn” – as if the only humans relevant to the case are those who have yet to come into the world. After reading Dobbs we might conclude that the lives of the women forced to bear unwanted children had no influence on these deliberations.

“In the 50 years between Roe and Dobbs,” Prose concluded, “ the US supreme court has forgotten that abortion does involve human beings making tough decisions at difficult points in their lives. It has recast them as criminals conspiring to commit mass murder, killers who need to be stopped.”

And, at least, there will be plenty of guns with which to stop the killers.  As Esquire reported a week before Roe-peal, two weeks before Akron, “abortion will shortly be illegal in most Republican-controlled states, but how long will it be until Democratic-controlled states are banned from making their own policies? We just saw this happen with guns, as Thomas wrote an opinion (on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen) that will force New York residents to live in the same guns-everywhere environment that Ohioans have chosen for themselves.

Not to mention Illinois... and Texas, and Buffalo, and on and on...

 

Not only did the Supremes criminalize abortion in the roughly half the country where state legislatures are hot to trot to lock up wayward women (Alabama, where rape garners an average fifteen year sentence, would imprison the rape victims who abort the rapist’s offspring for ten), they delved deeper into the overturnment of “settled” privacy laws - and even further, Justice Clarence, in his dissenting concurring opinion, stated that a variety of privacy related settled opinions such as criminalization, manufacture, sale and possession of the so-called “morning after” pills (that pregnant or think they’re pregnant order online to terminate the pregnancy), the right to gay marriage or the legalization of sodomy could and will be reversed.

One interesting, and perhaps amusing omission... pointed out by court critics from both left and right... was that of miscegenation.

 

 

Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff behind the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, said Friday that Justice Clarence Thomas omitted Loving v. Virginia on his list of  Supreme Court decisions to "reconsider" because it "affects him personally." 

"That affects him personally, but he doesn't care about the LGBTQ+ community," Obergefell said on MSNBC's "The Reid Out."

Loving v. Virginia, which protects the right to interracial marriage and also concerns the due process clause of the 14th amendment, was not a part of Thomas' list. 

Thomas himself is in an interracial marriage with right-wing activist Ginni Thomas.

"I'm just concerned that hundreds of 1000s of marriages across this nation are at risk and the ability of people across this nation to marry the person they love is at risk," Obergefell said. "And for Justice Thomas to completely omit Loving v. Virginia, in my mind, is quite telling."

In Friday's opinion, Thomas made no mention of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 ruling by the Supreme Court that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. That decision relied in part on the substantive due process doctrine — and was cited in several subsequent decisions that did as well, including Obergefell in 2015.

But Thomas, whose wife is white — meaning their interracial marriage could have been deemed in illegal in certain states had the court not ruled the way it did in Loving — did not mention the 1967 decision as one that should be revisited. In their own opinions, Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh both referred to Loving, writing that it should not be revisited despite its reliance on substantive due process.

Sarah Kate Ellis, head of the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, called Thomas’ opinion "a blaring red alert for the LGBTQ community and for all Americans."

"We will never go back to the dark days of being shut out of hospital rooms, left off of death certificates, refused spousal benefits, or any of the other humiliations that took place in the years before Obergefell," Ellis said in a statement. "And we definitely will not go back to the pre-Lawrence days of being criminalized just because we are LGBTQ."

"But that’s exactly what Thomas is threatening to do to the country," Ellis added.

"The millions of loving couples who have the right to marriage equality to form their own families do not need Clarence Thomas imposing his individual twisted morality upon them," Obergefell told NBC News in a statement. "If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror."

 

X10 jezebel

Thomas called the rulings in all these cases “demonstrably erroneous,” citing himself:

For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including GriswoldLawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is “demonstrably erroneous,” Ramos v. Louisiana, 590 U. S. ___, ___ (2020) (THOMAS, J., concurring in judgment) (slip op., at 7), we have a duty to “correct the error” established in those precedents, Gamble v. United States, 587 U. S. ___, ___ (2019) (THOMAS, J., concurring) (slip op., at 9). 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.

Thomas notably excluded Loving v. Virginia, another substantive due process case, which protects interracial marriages—like his own union to MAGA psycho Ginni Thomas.

In a Friday afternoon press conference about the ruling, President Joe Biden specifically decried Justice Thomas’ concurrence, calling it “an extreme and dangerous path.” Biden said:

I’ve warned about how this decision risks the broader right to privacy for everyone. That’s because Roe recognized the fundamental right to privacy that has served as a basis for so many more rights that we’ve come to take for granted—that are ingrained in the fabric of this country. The right to make the best decisions for your health. The right to use birth control, a married couple in the privacy of their bedroom for God’s sake. The right to marry the person you love. Now Justice Thomas said as much today, he explicitly called to reconsider the right of marriage equality, the right of couples to make their choices on contraception.

JEZEBEL also attached a list of 33 celebrities who disagreed with Mister Justice Thomas.  (See Attachment Ten)

There were no Foxy gentlemen, alas, nor ladies.

 

Despite the omission of Loving from Justice Thomas’ hit list, as well as the chorus of crickets from most other Republicans, a gallery of liberal peanuts has gone into vapours over the prospect of its repeal.

One looks hard to find anti-miscegenation statements, even among the neo-Nazi right, but one towering icon of separate, if not equal, legislation… Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana.

The possibility of the loss of the right to marry someone of another race was ominously raised when Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said in March that such a right should be left up to the states (as abortion is now). Following backlash, he retracted his statement, claiming he had misunderstood the question. Such a decision would mean that an interracial couple legally married in one state could be arrested while visiting another.”  (Vanity Fair 6/24, Attachment Ten)

 

And, while he strolled through an interview with reporters on Tuesday, Indiana senator Mike Braun kicked things off by saying that the Supreme Court never should have established the national right to an abortion via Roe v. Wade. “That issue should have never been federalized, [it was] way out of sync I think with the contour of America then,” Braun said. “One side of the aisle wants to homogenize [issues] federally, [and that] is not the right way to do it.” Individual states, he insisted, ought to be able to decide these things “through their own legislation, through their own court systems.”

Based on this logic, Braun was asked if he thought the same standard should apply to Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision in which the Supreme Court struck down state laws banning interracial marriage. He responded: “When it comes to issues, you can’t have it both ways. When you want that diversity to shine within our federal system, there are going to be rules, and proceedings, that are going to be out of sync with maybe what other states would do. That’s the beauty of the system. And that’s where the differences among points of view in our 50 states ought to express themselves.” Let’s pause here and let it sink in that what Braun refers to as “the beauty of the system” and letting states “express themselves” is letting some states potentially decide, in the year 2022, that interracial marriage should not be legal.

That’s an incredibly repugnant stance to take—some might even call it racist!—and so the reporter tried to clarify if that’s really what Braun meant, asking: “So you would be okay with the Supreme Court leaving the question of interracial marriage to the states?” To which the U.S. senator responded with a clear and emphatic “yes,” adding: “I think that that’s something that if you’re not wanting the Supreme Court to weigh in on issues like that, you’re not going to be able to have your cake and eat it too. I think that’s hypocritical.” (Vanity Fair 3/23, see here.)

Such subsequent pivoting, re-pivoting and backtracking wouldn’t pass mustard at the local Waffle House.

 

So, the Huffington Post and other like-minded humanitarians need not worry about Clarence and Ginni being hauled out of the marital bed and locked up.  Still, he has had to face some involuntary sadistic foreplay at the hands (and tongue) of none other than Hillary Clinton, whose heaping helping of verbal abuse piled upon poor Clarence culminated in his depiction as a “person of grievance”.

“I went to law school with him. He’s been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him,” Clinton said in an interview with Gayle King during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “Resentment, grievance, anger … women are going to die, Gayle. Women will die.  (WJBF, Augusta via The Hill)

           

If Justice Thomas and other garden trolls on the Trump Court are suffering some heat from… well, not constituents, they have a secure lifetime appointment… call it the public, the 70 or 80% who disagreed with his stance on Roe and whose opposition to some of the proposed Republican adventures may well be peaking in the nineties (even among Republicans), he does have a remedy for that up his sleeve.

John Kruzel and Harper Neidig of The Hill (6/27, see Attachment Eleven) reported that he has “expressed a desire to revisit a landmark 1964 ruling that makes it relatively difficult to bring successful lawsuits against media outlets for defamation.”

At issue is the defamation lawsuit filed by Coral Ridge Ministries Media against the Southern Poverty Law Center alleging that their inclusion amidst the charmed circle of “hate groups” had impacted their fundraising.

It’s not the first time that Thomas has expressed a wish to swat away the pesky media mosquitoes and replace them with an American version of “Russia Today”. 

“The lack of historical support for this Court’s actual-malice requirement is reason enough to take a second look at the Court’s doctrine,” Thomas wrote in his 2021 opinion. “Our reconsideration is all the more needed because of the doctrine’s real-world effects. Public figure or private, lies impose real harm.”

And the truth hurts too.

Proof positive now at issue is the realization that the social media has been marketing its Big Databanks on Americans’ criminal, political, sexual, consumption habits and their personal, medical and/or professional habits to a variety of public and private agencies.

Of particular relevance to the Supremes’ latest walkback on abortion is the likelihood… edging over into reality in those states which are imposing or contemplating criminal penalties upon not only the providers, but the consumers of abortion services (as well as… God willing… the gays and the pill-poppers, the readers of suspicious media and the frequenters of suspicious places... and even Justice and Mrs. Thomas.

(If Loving is overturned, those innocent explorations into the likes of Ancestry may come back to bite!)

The My Body, My Data Act, introduced in the House on June 16 and later in the Senate, would task the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with enforcing a national privacy standard for reproductive health data collected by apps, cell phones and search engines. It would require that companies collect and store only the health information that is strictly needed to provide their services. It would also give users the right to access or delete their personal data.

Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Ca), who introduced the bill, says digital privacy concerns are especially acute in states like Texas and Oklahoma where citizens can access up to $10,000 rewards for reporting those who violate the states’ abortion laws. “It would make it so that a small right-wing nonprofit group in Texas couldn’t just buy up or get access to this data and create a mass surveillance system,” says Jacobs, “to be able to turn people in who are seeking abortion as is incentivized in the Texas bounty law.”  (Time, July 1st, See Attachment Twelve)

MBMD has inspired a torrent of comparative, competing and meritless but publicity generating introductory legislation, bills sponsored by the likes of Ron Wyden and Mazie Hirono in the Senate and a bicameral Stop Anti-Abortion Disinformation (SAD) Act, introduced on June 23 by a group of Democrats led by Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, as well as Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“It aims to crack down on misleading advertising by anti-abortion pregnancy centers, known as crisis pregnancy centers,” Time reported “…which often style themselves as reproductive health clinics without making it clear they are faith-based organizations whose mission it is to dissuade pregnant women from having abortions.”

Will MDMB or SAD provoke the right into setting aside their Second Amendment lobbying to invoke their hated First Amendment to protect advertisers from having their sales pitches exposed as what most are… lies?

“Stranger Things”... it’s not only a television show…

But don’t expect to here from the Supremes on these or other wildfiring issues for at least a little while.

They’re on vacation.

 

“Unlike the rest of the federal judiciary, which works all summer, the high court breaks in June and resumes on the first Monday in October. (Quartz 7/18/17) Three months is a lot of vacation for Americans, who can count themselves lucky to get two weeks a year. But don’t judge the justices. They are industrious, even on holiday.”

And now that the court is on a break until October, the New York Times inquired (inasmuch as it still has the privilege of doing so, absent the passage of Son of Dobbs) just what do the justices usually do?

“They often teach courses in exotic places,” was the reply – asked and answered.  “In 2012, for instance, after voting to uphold the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice Roberts left for Malta to teach a two-week class on the history of the Supreme Court.

“Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress,” he said. “It seemed like a good idea.”

So good that he did it again in 2017 (Quartz), this time in New Zealand.

Others enjoyed the hospitality of lobbyists like “Operation Higher Court”, a religious right brotherhood who wined and dined Justices from Washington D.C. to Wyoming, and were especially generous in sponsoring hunting and fishing trips for Justice Alito and the late Antonin Scalia.  (See yesterday’s Politico here.)

 

They should and ought to savour their respite.  When they go back to work in October, the pro-choice lawyers will be waiting in the woodpile to leap out and assault them with documents, briefs and subpoenas that they may all well be seeking police protection.

 

There is no higher court of appeal than the Supreme (it’s why it’s called “Supreme”), but anybody who believes that the lawyering and the marching and the pro/anti violence is over had better switch their channel.

Despite Mister Justice Thomas and his “grievances” (to quote Hillary), the Court chose not to take the ultimate activist step and ban abortions everywhere upon its ownself... in the red states, in the blue states, in Ashtabula and Zelienople... in New York City, Los Angeles or San Francisco.  (Where, as the recall of the second generation terrorist pro-crime D.A. and the various interviews with those who can afford real estate prices calling for a liquidation of the homeless, as well as those who commit crimes against persons or property.)

The Supremes hear you, and believe.

But they can’t do as they want to do until the prayed-for Red Tide sweeps over America in November and... just to be sure that President Joe is serious about using his veto power... the once and future President takes office.

So the battle will have to shift to the states, where the lines of battle are drawn relatively clearly.

 “Thomas’ recommendation to reconsider that trio of decisions (Griswold, Obergefell and Lawrence) does not have the force of legal precedent, nor does it compel his colleagues on the Supreme Court to take the action he suggested,” noted CNBC.  (June 24th, see Attachment Thirteen)

But it is an implicit invitation to conservative lawmakers in individual states to pass legislation that might run afoul of the Supreme Court’s past decisions, with an eye toward having that court potentially reverse those rulings.

In what the liberal CNBC called “furious dissent”, the three usual contrarian justices... Kagan, Sotomayor and the retiring Stephen Breyer predicted that “...at least one Justice is planning to use the ticket of today’s decision again and again and again,” their dissent said.

 

The legal team representing Jackson Women’s Health Organization is expected to argue that a right to privacy conferred in the Mississippi Constitution protects abortion access at the state level, regardless of federal law, according to the July 6th WashPost.  (Attachment Five, above)

Chancery Judge Debbra K. Halford has denied the clinic’s request for injunctive relief Tuesday, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade last month. Halford, who is a trial judge in southwest Mississippi, was appointed to decide the case after local judges in Hinds County, where the clinic is located, recused themselves.

 

Robert McDuff, attorney for the clinic argues that a 1998 case called Pro-Choice Mississippi v. Fordice ” established that the state constitution protects the right to an abortion.” The Mississippi Supreme Court “made it clear that its decision was based on the Mississippi right to privacy and the history of abortion law in the state of Mississippi,” McDuff said, adding that a 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling in Pro-Choice v. Fordice, which found residents have a “right to have an abortion” as part of the “right to privacy.” (Mississippi Free Press, Attachment Two, above)

But Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart told the court that the 24-year-old Fordice ruling relied on now-defunct Supreme Court precedents Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey which were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

In her 8-page opinion Tuesday afternoon, Halford agreed with Stewart, saying that the Mississippi Supreme Court will likely reverse the Fordice ruling on appeal after the U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling in the Dobbs case found “there is no U.S. Constitutionally protected right to an abortion.”

“Since Roe and Casey are no longer the law of the land, reliance upon Fordice will almost certainly not be well-founded when pursuing this case in the (Mississippi) Supreme Court,” she wrote,

While acknowledging  the “psychological trauma” and “perceived loss of opportunities,” would be “significant, and irreparable,” (above, and attachments Two and Five) she ruled that the state had a more compelling case for enforcing the law (after opening the hearing with a pastor’s prayer, begging for “the presence of [the] Holy Spirit in the courtroom”) adding that: “The loss of licensure and potential imprisonment arguments urged by Plaintiffs are not persuasive inasmuch as those consequences can be avoided by compliance with the statutes as enforced.”

So – shut up and conform, and if you have to have your rapist’s baby, have it, take care of it (and pay for it) and stop whining!

 

 

 

X7

In the Roe decision, a panel of “experts” told the Texas Tribune that Justice Clarence Thomas invited “...new legal challenges to contraception and same-sex marriage rights.”  (June 24th see here)

“Fueling already heightened anxieties from women and LGBTQ groups that the end of Roe could be the tip of the iceberg,” Thomas wrote that “in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents.”

“Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” Thomas wrote.

“The Supreme Court’s decision has brought us into a new era where they are taking away rights instead of giving them,” said Rocio Fierro-Pérez, political coordinator for the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for individual liberties. “Abortion access is one of several fundamental rights that’s under attack including our right to vote, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and they’re all intertwined with our right to liberty in which Roe v. Wade was grounded.”

With abortion soon outlawed in more than half the states, access to birth control could also be threatened, said Elizabeth Ruzzo, the founder of Adyn, a company that’s designed a test to prevent birth control side effects.

In May, Louisiana lawmakers considered a bill that would have classified abortion as homicide, which experts said could have criminalized the use of IUDs and emergency contraception. The bill ultimately failed, but Ruzzo fears that now, other states will try to bar contraception through strict abortion laws.

As for the decision’s effect on gay and lesbian rights, Victoria Kirby York, deputy executive director at the National Black Justice Coalition, said the court’s ruling could also open the door to rolling back rights like interracial marriage... Clan Thomas notwithstanding... marriage equality and other civil rights.

“Constitutional rights should not be played with or taken away,” she said. “Constitutional rights should only be expanded to ensure everyone has access to the same rights.”

“Clarence Thomas isn’t kidding,” was the determination of Legal historian Mary Ziegler ’04, J.D. ’07, a visiting professor at the Law School and the author of “Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment,” responding to the historic ruling in an interview with the Harvard Gazette.  (See Attachment Fourteen)

“Clarence Thomas explicitly says, “This isn’t the end,” so that obviously opens the door,” Ziegler contended. “And the court’s reasoning, if it was consistently applied — if this were about logic and consistency — would definitely apply to other constitutional rights.”

And what is waiting outside that door – ready to swoop in at the first invitation from the Supremes?  Vampires, of course, werewolves and ordinary wolves, Russian oligarchs and mobs with guns, knives, baseball bats and American flags dangling from sharpened flagpoles...

“(I)f the court is willing to undo this right, it’s fair to ask why it wouldn’t be willing to undo other rights,” Ziegler asks.  “There was no need for the court to take this case because there was no disagreement in the lower courts. So, this is not judicial restraint,” says Ziegler. “This is the court wanting to do this.”

Collateral damage notwithstanding...

“The court puts a lot of emphasis on the idea that Roe was bad for American democracy and bad for the legitimacy of the court, which is, of course, a historical argument for which the court provides no historical support at all.”

Instead, and indeed, as the Esquire jeremiad declared: “There's no need for them to concern themselves with such things (precedent, settled law, public opinion, the Constitution etc.) anymore, though. They've got the votes!

“Who needs democratic legitimacy when you've got the votes?”

And the Yankee aggressors of Oneonta, New York took note of copycat legislation already working its way through the system in Florida and Louisiana... Georgia, where Derzis hopes to send Mississippi abortion questors until that state’s legislature reduces the standard for pregnancy termination from 22 weeks to six... after noting that McDuff had pointed out that the Mississippi state constitution invoked a right to privacy that “includes an implied right to choose whether or not to have an abortion,” saying in court: “They never said it would evaporate if Roe was ever overruled.”

 

Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t join the dissent because he thought Mississippi’s law was constitutional, saying, essentially, “We don’t need to do this right now.”

But the three dissenting justices... Sotomayor, Kagan and the retiring Breyer wrote in their dissent that Holder, the various red state legislators and the Trump court were “...all part of the same constitutional fabric, protecting autonomous decision making over the most personal of life decisions.”

Matter said and, for the time being, settled, it was time for the partisans to take to the streets.

Save the sole interception and arrest of a determined (perhaps demented) abortion proponent walking up and down in the world before Judge Kavanaugh’s domicile, the protests have been loud and vitriolic but essentially peaceful – perhaps by reason of the heavy police presence mobilized for flashbang locations like the Court itself, the homes of Justices, clinics, offices and habitués where the more aggrieved or celebratory partisans hang out.

What violence is threatened, promised or promoted is rhetorical.  And sometimes it’s not even American, as a trio of pro-choice correspondents from the Guardian U.K. (where abortion is legally available for the first twenty-four weeks through the Abortion Act 1967) and the populace is otherwise distracted by the antics of playboys like BoJo the BoHo or Awful Prince Andy).

Derecka Purnell (June 30th, Attachment Sixteen) promoted accusations without action... nor, inasmuch as the pro-choice nations of the world can only regard America with a sigh and a shaking of the head, even any legal redress (short of resigning from NATO or the G-7 or even the United Nations) no matter the depth of their moral outrage.

Dobbs is about more than states’ rights and “protecting life”, she railed, laying down the gender card, the race and religion cards, the ideological card, the victimhood card and a sleeveful of jokers – including a money card.   “It is about power and control.”

Flinging highfalutin’ statements and terminologies such as “paradigm and praxis” as are committed to “a full set of political, organizational and societal changes that increases individual agency and institutional support regarding reproductive bodily autonomy,” Purnell explains that she completely understands “the impulse to blame the supreme court’s logic on Christianity or the societal hatred of women,” and castigates rightwing evangelicalism as “a bullet train that transports homophobia, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and more across the world. However, in addition to the social awareness of these interlocking forms of oppression, we must understand that decisions like Dobbs also lead to material losses beyond individual privacy rights and bodily autonomy. Institutions and individuals benefit from our loss of agency.

Corporations benefit because they can disempower, demean or discharge pregnant women just as they prioritize, privilege, and pay people who cannot or will not become pregnant to minimize disruption to company profits.

Her remedy: “Long-term, we must remove power from non-democratic  institutions  such as the supreme court to make unethical, life-altering decisions for our society, and fight for truly progressive communities and institutions to deliver the care that we all deserve.”

Of course, eliminating... as opposed to packing the Court has as much chance of surviving not only the Republicans in Congress but a rather hefty contingent of Constitutionalist moderates. 

Thus, GUK’s Richard Wolffe (July 7th, Attachment Seventeen) takes the moderate (for GUK) path leading to reform, not ruin, of SCOTUS, throwing some of their own jurisprudential history and precedents back in the faces of the colonials, proclaiming that it’s time for fundamental reform of American democracy – including the supreme court – before the radical right steals that democracy away forever.

“If we’re going back to their original intent, let’s try to be a little consistent, shall we?

“The founders didn’t explicitly give the supreme court the powers this particular bunch of rightwing radicals has assumed for themselves. They didn’t say there should be only nine of them, or that they should serve until they die.

“So if Democrats, and a handful of Republicans, are truly interested in defending democracy, it’s time to rein in the rightwing supremes who have used the court to grab power for themselves, ignoring their own court precedents and culture.

“At the very least, they could introduce term limits and allow each president the pick of two justices in each term.

The preamble to the (American) constitution talks about “a more perfect union”, as if the American idea is a work in progress, not regress.

 

Fortunately, for the active activists, Steven Marche, another GUKster, has his alternate solution.

The gun.

“The question is no longer whether there will be a civil conflict in America,” he declares (June 26th, Attachment Eighteen). “The question is how the sides will divide, and who will prevail.”

Liberal Brits may well justify their romanticization of war and murder as a consequence of the strict... some might even say “repressive”... anti-firearms laws extant in most urban neighborhoods, although Farmer Giles still cossets the shotgun with which he hunts quail and rabbits in the highlands and woodlands.

There is a longing... psychological, perhaps deeply sexual... in the envy with which some alt-civilized Euros regard the freewheeling, gunslinging past and present of America.  While Don Jones perhaps hopes that the nation will remain united in the face of contending and violent factions, as well as the day-to-day adventurism of youth gangs, domestic violencers and lone wolves on the prowl, others... who mainly consume their ferocity through social, electronic and (in the case of the tabloids) media, along with a seasoning of sex.  And hey... as the occasional ravages of outliers in Norway or Denmark or (just now) Japan, most un-insane foreigners peer outwards at America through their devices and conclude: ‘well, better there than here.’

Thus, Mister Marche: “Accelerating political violence, like the attack in Buffalo, increasingly blurs the line between the mainstream political conservative movement and outright murderous insanity. The question is no longer whether there will be a civil conflict in the United States. The question is how the sides will divide, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how those strengths and weaknesses will determine the outcome.

“The battle has been joined, and it will be fought everywhere.”

Let a thousand Nicholas Roskes bloom?

 

Meanwhile the right... American and others... is enjoying a victory lap. Y’all politics asks: “What does that mean in terms of the lives that may be saved as a result of abortions no longer being allowed in Mississippi?” and hails Mississippi’s “win”. And the Thomas Court finds hope that further inroads may be on the way, given liberal despair and paralysis.

“The leftwing American political class, incredibly, continues to cling to its defunct institutional ideals,” contends Marche.

           

Such weakness of will infects the Old World, too.

“I found out about Dobbs, the supreme court’s recent decision that overturned Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, in a room full of Black women in Boston,” Purnell whimpers. “One interrupted a conference panel discussion and made the announcement. Gasps, groans, and murmurs followed. I rushed outside and wept briefly on the phone while breaking the news to loved ones. The state of affairs is profoundly unfair.”

Boo hoo hoo!

That some of the most vitriolic pro-lifers can turn on the charm, where necessary, and pose as benevolent defenders of the unborn, the born and even (in Mississippi!) the heirs of Lincoln, MLK and Jesus.

In his statement after the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs, Governor Tate Reeves noted that Mississippi helped lead the nation to overcome "one of the greatest injustices in the history of our country," even claiming the decision has made the nation safer.  (CNN, July 7th, Attachment Nineteen)

Reeves continued in his statement, noting that Mississippi "seeks to be pro-life in every sense of the word -- supporting mothers and children through policies of compassion and working to ensure that every baby has a forever family that loves them."

The hypocrisy... and the (vocal) violence with which pro-lifers attacked such clinics as now no longer exist even caused correspondent W. Ralph Eubanks to stop using his (apolitical) dry cleaners who were, unfortunately, within shouting distance from a clinic “just so I would not have to be exposed to vitriol that was nothing but belligerent and un-Christian.”

“Mississippi is no longer a world unto itself,” he concluded. “Whether we want to admit it or not, we all live in Mississippi now.”

Marche, at least, offers hope (short of assassinating five, maybe six, wicked Supremes) inasmuch as the conflict, which on the surface seems so unequal, with an emboldened and violent right against a demoralized and disorganized left, is not as one-sided as it looks at first. “It is unequal but it is also highly asymmetrical. The right has the weaponry and an electoral system weighted overwhelmingly in its favor. The left has money and tech.

“That is to say, the left-democratic wing of America is the productive and educated part of the country.

“This divide isn’t just American. As the forces of the world split between a liberal-democratic elite and authoritarian populists, the same asymmetry can be seen in the struggle everywhere.”

And even where actual shooting wars range, Marche contends that “...(t)echnology and financial networks have proven the match, at the very least, of brute force.”

Some Ukrainians might disagree, as also some Taiwanese, Uighurs, ethnic Pakistanis in India, ethnic Indians in Pakistan, dozens, if not scores of African, Asian, Middle East and Latin American oppressors and victims as well as the developed world looking at migration through dissonant glasses: one lens fearing replacement of native (or neo-native) stakeholders, the other with avarice over a new puddle of cheap labor to exploit.

 

The National Review, letting its loathing of Trump, and presumably his Court, slide off to one side for awhile, hailed the decision as the crowning jewel in “A Supreme Court Term for the Ages.”  (July 6th, Attachment Twenty)

“Contrary to the impression left by the liberal meltdown over the Court’s decisions this term,” the Buckleyites boasted, “the justices are calling shots based not on policy preferences, but on what the law actually says. That, of course, is the scenario long dreaded by liberals who became used to the Court imposing their policy preferences.

“The many years of building a Supreme Court majority committed to interpreting the Constitution as it is written came by way of a protracted battle. This term has been a resounding win for the rule of law. It confirms beyond a doubt that we finally have an originalist Court.”

And who gave them that Court?  Djonald Unacknowledged gets no respect!

The ultimate arbiter of things great and small... God... also came in for some brickbats from the left, but also bouquets from the right.

MIssissippi Gov. Tate Reeves praised the news with a tweet Thursday that read, "Today we wake up in a state where the church doors are open and the abortion clinic's doors are closed. All the Glory to God the Father! Amen!"  ABC 7/7

“You’re bloodthirsty. Bloodthirsty, abominable filth in the eyes of God,” said one of the anti-abortion protesters, Allen Siders to clinic users and defenders “Consider your ways today, sinners. Consider your ways today. Shame on you.”  Politico 7/5 also in Attachment Fifteen.

And finally, there were even some facts... actual factual facts from, of all places, Breitbart, which summarized prospects for pro- or anti-abortion legislation in all fifty states.  (See Attachment Twenty One)

And the lyrics to “Missippi Goddam”, written and sung by Nina Simone are included and concluded as Attachment Twenty Two...

And, oh by the way, the United Nations predicts world population will reach 8,000,000,000 on November 15th this year.

 

 

 

JULY 2nd – JULY 8th, 2022

 

 

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

 

Infected:  87,838,623

Dead:  1,017,846

Dow:  31,500.68

 

 

           

 

In advance of the Fourth, President Joe honors 17 with Medals of Freedom, including actor Denzell Washington, athletes Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe and, posthumously, Steve Jobs and Sen. John McCain.

   Police in Akron, OH shoot fleeing traffic stop violator Jayland Walker in the back over sixty times.  Outbreak of mail carrier robberies in DC area skyrocketing... speaking of which, the ol’ rusty supply chain wraps itself around fireworks and holiday vittles.

   And there’s more bad news for revenge travelers and just ordinary Joneses who want to visit relatives... 4,000 flights are delayed or cancelled and passengers have to sleep on airport floors.

   NBA free agents are raking in millions.  WNBA’s Britney Griner garners another six months’ detention – her trial for possession of pot, with its ten-year sentence, is expected to also last six months.  Do Russians know they’re paying for this?

 

 

 

Sunday, July 3rd, 2022

 

Infected:  87,838,623*

Dead:  1,017,846*

 

*somebody in Baltimore is getting an early start on the Fourth.  Well, Gobbless!

 

Virtue overcomes in Texas as angry Uvalde families and survivors garner disgraced cop turned councilman Pete Arredondo’s scalp as he resigns.  Closure is a wonderful thing.  The blamers pivot to San Antonio truck deaths where Gov. Abbott blames President Joe for his “open borders” policy and Dems retaliate, saying it’s Trump’s fault.  And another very active shooter bags six, including two cops, before surrendering (and demanding a lawyer).

   DHS Secretary Mayorga insists that America is getting cooperation on the border mess from a whole crockpot of Central and South American hellholes... Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala etc. – everybody, in fact, but El Salvador.

   Google clocks in on the pro-choice side and says they will delete the ID data of pregnant women seeking abortion and contraception information as well as the simply curious.

 

 

 

Monday, July 4th, 2022

 

Infected: 87,886,589**

Dead:  1,017,915**

Dow:  Closed for the 4th

 

 

** looks like somebody had to work OT... but not too hard.

 

   

 

 

 

 

And it’s the F****ng Fourth!

   A criminal named Robert Crimo celebrates by going to a rooftop and blasting away at paraders and spectators in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb with his good ol’ (legal) AK-15.  When the shooting stops, 6 are dead, 30-something wounded and the holiday spoiled for Don Jones and the rest of America.

   A survivor, angry at gun laws, mental health or whatsoever, declares: “This does not happen in other countries.”  But be of good cheer, sir, a presumed terrorist shoots 8 at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark – two die.  Lower body count, but restorative of American pride.

   The Akron bodycam video is released – 12 cops chased Walker, eight fired on him... 95 shots in all.  Not surprisingly, riots ensue and police deploy gas, clubs and everything except live ammo to break up demonstrations.  The Mayor of Highland Park (who defeated Crimo’s daddy to win her post) calls the troubles “uniquely American.”

   Elsewhere, hot dog eater Joey Chestnut defends title and punches out an animal rights protestor who insists that hot dogs are meat.  Girl Fight leads to stabbing spree in Georgia; Gov fight pits Democrat Newsome (Ca) and Republican deSantis (Fl) in a slap and snipe scuffle that might (or might not) be a preview of 2024 if some disease or other (or, perhaps, reality) sidelines President Joe and Djonald Unhealthy.

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

 

Infected: 88,066,096

Dead:  1,018,349

Dow:  30,967.82

 

 

 

 

 

 

More tabloid tattlers tattle about trans-criminal Crimo; the 21 year old rapper (a/k/a “Awake” and former Panera Bread boy who identified with Lee Harvey Oswald and the number 47 (perhaps why he went on his rampage on 7/4), liked to dress up as a woman or Waldo, his collection of 16 knives, a dagger and a sword confiscated in 2019 and on and on it goes.  He was background checked four times, then sold five handguns and two AR-15 assault rifles.  Assorted authorities acknowledged he’d sort of “slipped through the cracks.”

   Other mass shootings in New York (21 get it), Philadelphia (2 cops) and a man in Vegas charged with murdering an 18 year old by starvation and a man who killed a rooster claims “self defense”.  Since President Joe signed his gun bill a week ago, there have been over 20 mass shootings.

  Return travel from the Fourth is as bad as the embarkment with plane delays, traffic jams and frayed and frenzied TSA workers.  At least gas prices are drifting downwards; oil falls to below $100/barrel and prices for commodities like cotton and lumber are also plateauing.

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

 

Infected: 88,263,393       Dead:  1,019,083

Dow:  31,037.68

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia state prosecutors round up the usual One Six suspects to be charged with beseeching Gov. Kemp and StateSec Raffensperger to “find” votes for Trump plus two wildcards... Sen. Lindsey Graham of adjoining South Carolina and Djonald Undeterred’s legal counsel Pat Cipollone who will testify on Friday, behind closed doors.

   The unfolding saga of Bobby Crime-O piques interest and sharpens the appetite of prosecutors who are looking into his father’s response to li’l Bobby’s arsenal.  He allegedly confessed to want to go to Madison, WI and do it again, but decided he hadn’t prepared enough.  A gun controller speaking on the failure of “red flag” warnings on the gunfool declares “tools are only effective when they are taken out of the toolbox.”

  President Joe may be unpopular, but the economy is, at least, improving (if not good).  Gas prices have been falling for three weeks and oil drops below $100/barrel – low enough to enable America to send a pittance to the Europeans, wavering on the war because of want of Russian petrol.  Other commodities like cotton and lumber are also cheaper and job openings still outnumber employment seekers by two to one.

 

 

 

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

 

Infected:  88,381,589

Dead:  1,020,262

Dow:  31,384.05

  

 

 

 

 

It’s Ringo’s 80th birthday.

   Peace and love are in short supply in the U.K. as BoJo’s regime is said to be “withering”; fifty ministers in his own party desert and call for resignation.  Tablords proclaim that the country is a sinking ship from which even rats are fleeing.  Nor are things groovy in the Last World, where the UN numbers 21 countries in danger of collapse as mass starvation, induced by the cutoff of cheap Ukrainian grain, looms.

   Airlines and the F.A.A. blame each other for the holiday travel chaos, only now beginning to settle back into the normal chaos.  Air New Zealand has a solution: giant “sleeper planes” that can carry thousands on the 17 hour flight from Auckland to New York.  The problem is that it won’t be operable until 2040, at least.

   Jurisprudence has its day.  Brittney Griner surprisingly pleads guilty to dope possession, analysts believe it’s a strategy to exchange her for some Russian bad guy – but who?  Tennis villain Nick Kyrgios bounces from court (Wimbledon) to court (trial for sexual misconduct) while favorite Rafa Nadal drops out with a stomach muscle tear.  Nipsey Hussle’s killer convicted.  Killer cop Derek Chauvin gets 21 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, to be served concurrently with 22 years for killing him.  Waste of time and money?  Rival lawyers gear up for lucrative combat as Elon Musk decides a forum for teenage trolls and bitter politicians (Twitter) isn’t worth the $44B price tag (one hundred times the value of the arms that America is sending to Ukraine) and the Twitsters sue him to go through with the deal.

 

 

 

Friday, July 8th , 2022

 

Infected:  88,547,882

Dead:  1,020,816

Dow:  31,097.26

 

 

 

Summer’s coming in and politicians are dropping like... well... politicians.  Somebody assassinates former Japanese PM Abe with a homemade blunderbuss, getting around Tokyo’s tough gun control legislation (only one firearms death for all of 2021 vs. 20K+ in the U.S.A.

  BoJo throws in the towel – sort of (he’ll hang on for weeks or months while Parliament rassles over his replacement, sort of like Trump’s lame duck days.  We know how those turned out.  He looks back in anger at “our brilliant, Darwinian system, denounces his own party’s “herd instinct” and refuses to apologize for the wild plague parties as done him in.

   And here, President Joe commandeers a noon network broadcast of his signature of a Federal overturning of the Supremes’ overturning of Roe v. Wade – a doomed enterprise that cannot be saved unless the blue tide sweeps the midterms.  Things might actually get worse if not.  (See above)

   And lastly, the One Six Inquisition deposes, questions and releases Trump tool Pat Cipollone in a darkened, soundproof basement, garnering testimony that Don Jones won’t know about (until the inevitable leak). 

   Oh – and Lootin’ Putin bombs more apartment buildings in Kyev and threatens the U.S. with nuclear war; the same old same old.

 

 

Americans are dipping into their savings and paying off debts in anticipation of another Fed Reserve rate hike (bad news for borrowers, useless to savers inasmuch as banks, credit card companies and the like are just pocketing their windfall.  Anger grows, but so does the value of the dollar against the crashing Euro and other currencies.

 

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

 

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

RESULTS

SCORE

OUR SOURCES and COMMENTS

 

INCOME

(24%)

6/17/13 & 1/1/22

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

7/2/22

7/9/22

SOURCE

 

Wages (hrly. per cap)

9%

1350 points

7/2/22

+0.77%

7/22

1,369.61

1,369.61

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   27.33 nc

 

Median Inc. (yearly)

4%

600

7/2/22

+0.03%

7/16/22

602.44

602.62

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,911 921

 

Unempl. (BLS – in mi)

4%

600

4/22

+5.56%

7/22

633.36

633.36

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000/  3.6% nc

 

Official (DC – in mi)

2%

300

7/2/22

-0.12%

7/16/22

301.24

301.60

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      5,918 911

 

Unofficl. (DC – in mi)

2%

300

7/2/22

-0.19%

7/16/22

308.89

309.20

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    10,963 952

 

Workforce Particip.

Number

Percent

2%

300

7/2/22

 

-0.021%           -0.003%

7/16/22

 

 

300.15

 

 

 

300.16

 

In 158,576 609 Out  99,321 325 Total: 257,934

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 61.49

 

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

6/18/22

+0.16%

7/22

150.24

150.24

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  62.30

 

 

OUTGO

 

15%

 

 

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

5/21/22

+1.0%

7/16/22

1023.95

1023.95

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +1.0 nc

 

Food

2%

300

5/21/22

+1.2%

7/16/22

292.26

292.26

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +1.2

 

Gasoline

2%

300

5/21/22

+4.1%

7/16/22

249.39

249.39

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +4.1

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

5/21/22

+0.4%

7/16/22

295.52

295.52

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

 

Shelter

2%

300

5/21/22

+0.6%

7/16/22

295.23

295.23

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.6

 

 

WEALTH

 

6%

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

7/2/22

+1.07%

7/16/22

259.57

262.35

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/   31,430.10

 

Home (Sales)

(Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

7/2/22

-3.57%           +3.94%

7/16/22

170.06

311.72

170.06

311.72

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.41 Valuations (K):  406.6

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

7/2/22

+0.12%

7/16/22

293.73

293.37

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    70,037 122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

(10%)

 

 

 

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

7/2/22

+0.18%

7/16/22

320.42

321.01

debtclock.org/       4,373 381

 

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

7/2/22

+1.43%

7/16/22

319.53

324.11

debtclock.org/       6,157 070

 

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

7/2/22

+0.05%

7/16/22

444.99

444.77

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    30,553 568

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

7/2/22

+0.18%

7/16/22

440.62

442.25

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    91,611 274

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL

 

(5%)

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

7/2/22

+3.10%

7/16/22

310.80

320.42

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,760 527

 

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

7/2/22

+1.31%

7/22

156.76

158.81

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  252.6 255.9

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

7/2/22

+0.50%

7/22

155.21

154.44

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  339.7 341.4

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

7/2/22

-1.87%

7/22

189.09

192.63

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html   87.1 85.5

 

 

 

 

 

ACTS of MAN

12%

 

 

 

 

World Affairs

3%

450

7/2/22

nc

7/16/22

474.13

474.13

Russia celebrates capture of city of Lysychansk even though there’s nothing left but corpses and rubble; American rockets that can strike targets 40 mi. away start arriving in Ukraine.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

7/2/22

-0.3%

7/16/22

293.74

292.86

Gun violence strikes wonderful, wonderful” Copenhagen – 8 shot, 2 killed, terror suspected.  Israelis shoot nosy journalist.  Terrorist of unknown ideology assassinates Japanese ex-PM Shinzo Abe.  Bobby Crimo’s crime spree called... what else... domestic terror.

 

Politics

3%

450

7/2/22

-0.1%

7/16/22

462.28

461.82

“Patriot Front” rebounds from Idaho U-Haul fiasco to hold a march in Boston.  BoJo does a Trump – losing but hanging on to power.

 

Economics

3%

450

7/2/22

+0.2%

7/16/22

437.52

438.40

Meat prices keep rising for Fourth cookouts, but Don Jones finds bargains in potato chips, strawberries and beer.  And gas prices keep going down... slowly but surely.

 

Crime

1%

150

7/2/22

  -0.3%

7/16/22

293.74

292.86

Texas twistee shoots 6, kills 2 cops before suiciding.  Brooklyn man arrested for stalking Taylor Swift.  Vegas man arrested for starving 18 month old toddler to death.

 

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

7/2/22

   +0.2%

7/16/22

443.28

444.17

With Russian gas prices still high, EU going back to coal fired power generation.  India, however, bans plastic wrapping, cups and straws.  Hurricane fizzle – Bonnie stays south, blasting Nicaragua; Colin drops rain on Carolina coast, then disapperates. 

 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

7/2/22

 -0.3%

7/16/22

445.84

444.50

Italian Alps avalanche kills 7, 14 more missing.  Jet track driver killed at California air show.  Other bad airplane: baggage handler steals jet for his suicide flight.  Sad airplane: flight attendant steals $10K from passengers’ luggage.

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX

(15%)

 

 

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

7/2/22

+0.2%

7/16/22

613.61

614.84

Starlink/Space X satellites to provide wire service for the ships at sea.  (If you thought you were escaping Netbabble by taking a Covid Cruise, you’re wrong!)  NASA repairs communications glitch on moon rocket.   Hackers steal personal data on a billion Chinese... why?... while Japan criminalizes and jails online trolls who “insult” people and President Joe includes measures to prevent Big Databanks from finding abortion site visitors and providing them to red state police.

 

Equality (econ/social)

4%

600

7/2/22

nc

7/16/22

590.42

590.42

Guilty rich white girl producer of “Friends” apologizes for lack of black characters.  Chelsea Handler goes on SNL and calls for the extermination of white males. 

 

Health

 

4%

600

7/2/22

+0.2%

7/16/22

490.92

 

491.90

 

Doctors fear massive Monkeypox uprising.  HHS orders 2.5M more doses of Omicron vaxxes as FDA greenlights Paxlovid cure and promises to reduce bureaucratic obstacles.  FDA also recalls listerial Vidalia onions and Florida discards listerial ice cream.  The Army and other agencies start purging the estimated 10% of refusenik Jonses.

 

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

7/2/22

  -0.3%

7/16/22

450.45

449.10

Shooting of black traffic violator Jayland Walker 60+ times sparks riots in Akron, OH.  Accused hash vaper and WNBA star Britney Greiner writes a letter to President Joe, expressing fears of a forever sentence.  Doesn’t work.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX

 

 

(7%)

 

 

 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

7/2/22

+0.2%

7/16/22

463.77

464.70

After five years’ vacation, Adele returns to performing at Hyde Park.  Kamalala stars at Essence black voters’ festival, denounces absent and abstinent voting.  Joey Chestnut retains hotdog eating crown and punches out an animal rights protester who contends that the tub steaks are “meat”.  “Minions” leads box office while Stranger Things” continues 80’s nostalgia with Metallica’ “Master of Puppets” succeeding Kate Bush.  RIP to James (Sonny Corleone) Caan and wiseguy Tony (“Sopranos”) Sirico, ESPN reporter Hank Goldberg and lightning strike kills husband of “One Tree Hill” star Bevin Prince.

 

Misc. incidents

4%

450

7/2/22

+0.2%

7/16/22

455.95

456.86

Pope Francis denies rumours of retirement as a rain of anchovies rains over San Francisco and giant snails infest Tampa Bay area.  Gourmets advise: “They’re delicious.”  Quiet celestial sky show as the Northern Lights sag south after a Fourth of fireworks and fire and noise to rattle dogs and PTSD soldiers. The American Kennel Club recognizes Italian Bracco hunting dogs (presumable fireworks – unfriendly too).  Finally, dog and man complete 7 year journey of walking around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of July 1st through July 8th, 2022 was UP 24.98 points

 

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ATTACHMENT ONE – from the Supreme Court of the United States

 

FROM – Thomas opinion

Cite as: 597 U. S. ____ (2022) 1

THOMAS, J., concurring

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

No. 19–1392

THOMAS E. DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF

THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,

ET AL., PETITIONERS v. JACKSON WOMEN’S

HEALTH ORGANIZATION, ET AL.

ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF

APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

[June 24, 2022]

JUSTICE THOMAS, concurring.

I join the opinion of the Court because it correctly holds

that there is no constitutional right to abortion. Respondents invoke one source for that right: the Fourteenth

Amendment’s guarantee that no State shall “deprive any

person of life, liberty, or property without due process of

law.” The Court well explains why, under our substantive

due process precedents, the purported right to abortion is

not a form of “liberty” protected by the Due Process Clause.

Such a right is neither “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” nor “implicit in the concept of ordered

liberty.” Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U. S. 702, 721

(1997) (internal quotation marks omitted). “[T]he idea that

the Framers of the Fourteenth Amendment understood the

Due Process Clause to protect a right to abortion is farcical.”

June Medical Services L. L. C. v. Russo, 591 U. S. ___, ___

(2020) (THOMAS, J., dissenting) (slip op., at 17).

I write separately to emphasize a second, more fundamental reason why there is no abortion guarantee lurking

in the Due Process Clause. Considerable historical evidence indicates that “due process of law” merely required

executive and judicial actors to comply with legislative enactments and the common law when depriving a person of

 

 

 

2 DOBBS v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION

THOMAS, J., concurring

life, liberty, or property. See, e.g., Johnson v. United States,

576 U. S. 591, 623 (2015) (THOMAS, J., concurring in judgment). Other sources, by contrast, suggest that “due process of law” prohibited legislatures “from authorizing the

deprivation of a person’s life, liberty, or property without

providing him the customary procedures to which freemen