It was a Wednesday morning in June 2018 when America’s journey toward an abortion ban seemingly became inevitable.
A seasoned lawyer told viewers that morning, “You’re going to see 20 states pass laws outright banning abortion.
The trigger was the announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, one of the most liberal minds on the court, that he planned to retire later this summer.
He gifted donald trumpthe then president, the opportunity to appoint Brett Kavanagh as his replacement, one of three conservative justices Mr Trump was to serve on the court during his four years in office.
He re-exposed the extraordinary and enduring power of the presidency, making lifetime appointments to a body with the final say over swaths of American life.
It also reminded Americans that elections have consequences. Because Mr. Trump’s appointees completed the shift in the ideological balance in the highest court in the land and made possible the eventual overturning of Roe v. Wade.
It is the culmination of decades of fierce litigation by the anti-abortion movement, a long game played tirelessly locally and nationally.
Americans may have taken the delicate balance on the ground for granted until Trump took control.
For years there was a 5-4 majority for the Conservatives, but with Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by George W Bush, the swing vote was often willing to side with the Liberals on things like Obamacare.
But when a Republican Senate refused to even vote on Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland after the death of conservative Antonin Scalia in 2016, ostensibly because it was an election year, a feeling arose that the court would not was just another political branch of government.
31 anti-abortion bills this year
Conservative judges like Samuel Alito, who wrote the leaked abortion opinion this year, Kavanagh and fellow Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett have all pledged to uphold Roe v Wade as the law of the land before taking their seats — only to change once in place.
While this was happening, across the country, state legislatures were introducing dozens of abortion bills — this year alone, new laws have been proposed in 31 states — with the belief that the Supreme Court would decide a day of these laws and ultimately would pass judgment on Roe versus Wade.
That day has come.
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Those who have so often wondered what American evangelicals see in a thrice-married and often-bankrupt casino owner like Donald Trump now have their answer.
It was about the judges he had to appoint and the Supreme Court he was able to shape.
His successor publicly questioned whether it ended in abortion — whether it opened the door to restrictions on same-sex marriage and contraception, for example — and whether more of what Americans took for granted might be in jeopardy. .
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