Unsurprisingly, the big news that I’ve been focusing on this week was the SCOTUS draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. I’m tired of how hard even the most well-meaning individuals will say that something is impossible, until it suddenly (to them, at least) happens.
I don’t think that the Supreme Court is the best judge of what should authoritatively be considered law of the land. Finally, with this upcoming ruling, more people are starting to think the same thing.
I posited back in 2016 that the denial to even entertain the appointment of Merrick Garland to the court was a way to destabilize trust in the institution. I still think that’s even more important of an outcome for the right than getting rulings that they favor. The previous presidency made it clear that “nothing works, burn it all down” was a tantalizing platform.
Where does the tech world come in? Well, right now it’s likely that they are going to be caught just as off-guard as all of the people who knew that this would never happen. You should certainly be careful what you do online, and now you get to worry about things like what your phone is collecting from you that could be used against you as abortion is criminalized. Or even where it is still legal, do you want data on where you go before and after visiting Planned Parenthood to be sold to whoever wants it for pennies?
My concern is for everything else that is built upon a similar platform to Roe that is now in jeopardy. I’ve already had people tell me that there’s no way that the court would overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. It’s impossible because it is too landmark, and that would be too unpopular of a move.
It’s impossible, until it happens.
I know that I would not respect the legitimacy — or ruling — of a court that decided that my marriage is now illegal. I can see a further erosion of rights coming, and we have to decide when it is time to move beyond protest, and take up resistance.
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