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Editor, Register-Mail: Supreme Court majority justices are aggressively asserting their power, flaunting it against the will of the voters. We need to balance the top-heavy conservative court. On June 23, SCOTUS, in a 6-3 ruling widened the rights of gun owners by ruling against New York City and other municipalities and states that have passed laws restricting concealed carry of weapons. This infringes "States Rights." Justice Breyer dissented, "Courts should consider whether modern firearms regulations are consistent with the Second Amendment's contextual and historical understanding." Then on June 25, Biden signed into law the first major gun reform in three decades, passed with bipartisan votes in the House and Senate.
Letter on abortion: LETTER: No implicit constitutional right to abortion!
Another ruling on June 23 (6-3 vote) ruled that police officers can't be sued under a federal civil rights law, for failing to read Miranda Rights to detainees, after they've violated the civil rights of criminal "suspects," nullifying a person's 5th and 6th Amendment rights to NOT incriminate oneself, and right to legal representation when detained. "The Third Enforcement Act" aka the "KKK Act," was passed in 1871, one provision of which allows people to sue in civil court over civil rights violations, including the 4th Amendment, unreasonable search and seizures. If stopped, ask if you are free to leave, if not, invoke your right to speak to a lawyer, then remain silent.
SCOTUS overturned Roe vs. Wade on June 24, at a federal level, making abortions illegal with no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Nearly 70 percent of Americans polled wanted Roe left intact, but the Catholic evangelical ideologue justices have overturned a 50-year landmark ruling that established rights for women's bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom.
Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that, "The Court should use the same rationale to reconsider Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell rulings that now protect contraception, same-sex consensual relationships and same-sex marriage." He stopped short of adding: inter-racial marriage. What rights will next be forfeited? We need separation of church and state NOW! Abortion rights now will be determined at the state level.
President Biden admonished that restoring abortion rights is up to the voters, but his administration will seek to protect access to medication abortion, and could argue in court that the FDA's approval of mifepristone pre-empts state's restrictions, meaning federal authority outweighs state action. Women would be able to purchase the drug online, making it difficult to enforce restriction attempts. Attorney General Merrick Garland declared, "States may not ban mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA's expert judgement about its safety & efficacy." — Trish Forsyth Voss
This article originally appeared on Galesburg Register-Mail: LETTER: Supreme Court flaunting power against will of voters