‘How will we survive?’ Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor sounds alarm in fight to overturn Roe v. Wade

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  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday expressed apprehension that the decades-old effort to end abortion rights would, if successful, cause irreparable damage to the court.
  • The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is the most significant challenge to abortion rights in decades.
  • “Will this institution escape the stench that it creates in people’s perception that the Constitution and its reading are mere political acts?” Sotomayor asked in oral arguments.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday expressed apprehension that the decades-old effort to decriminalize abortion rights, if successful, would destroy the High Court and thus public perception of the institution.

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“Will this institution escape the stench that it creates in people’s perception that the Constitution and its reading are mere political acts?” asked Sotomayor, one of three liberal judges on a nine-member bench, at the start of the oral arguments challenging Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

“I don’t see how that’s possible,” Sotomayor said.

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Roe, Casey and other “watershed decisions” — such as Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled segregation unconstitutional — have created “a set of expectations in our society,” Sotomayor said.

“If people really believe this is all political, how will we survive? How will the court survive?” Sotomayor asked.

matter, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most significant challenge to abortion rights in decades. It focuses on Mississippi law that would ban almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Lower courts blocked the law, ruling that it violated rights enshrined by Supreme Court decisions in Roe of 1973 and Casey of 1992.

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