A leaked draft of a majority decision in the Court would allow the 50 states to ban abortions. If the Court’s decision remains unchanged, it means that Roe vs Wade, which enshrined a woman’s rights in medical decisions, is dead.
A case spurred by a Republican political campaign is aimed at restoring public schools’ authority to indoctrinate students with Christianity. The Constitutional separation of the Church and State has never prevented Christian religious events in grade schools and high schools in the past.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Court’s liberal wing in dissent while blasting the conservative majority in a recent shadow docket case that limits the ability of states to block projects coming under review by the federal Clean Water Act.
Will the US Senate confirmation hearing for President Joe Biden’s nominee of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the US Supreme Court become just an effort to feed opposition to Biden? The hearing has become a Republican vs Democrat battle over issues that have little to do with jurisprudence or judicial temperament.
Biden’s speech this week on the Ukraine crisis was well received by people who usually have nothing good to say about a Democrat, so polarized are the two political parties. Republican senators and conservative pundits were in strange territory compared to their criticism of Biden.
Meanwhile Republicans in the US Senate prevented a vote on a bill that would end much of the voter suppression efforts they support at the state level, which is where elections are conducted in the USA.
This long running divide in American politics has become a toxic stew of religion and women’s rights, amped up with conservative versus liberal ideology. Opponents of vaccine mandates and masking rules appear immune to the contradiction of opposing government intrusion into personal freedom with the desire to regulate what women can and cannot do with personal health issues.
Traditionally, Supreme Court justices in the USA have let written decisions explain their position on matters of law and philosophy. However, tradition is less a factor in America than ever before, as recent behaviour by three justices of the highest court have made clear.