WaPo opinion links abortion and voting rights to decisions that ‘hampered the infrastructure of democracy’

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The Supreme Court returning the abortion issue to the states has sparked a firestorm from liberal commentators on multiple platforms. A Washington Post article on Tuesday linked the abortion ruling to “suffrage” while lambasting the court.

The ‘Perspective’, written by Leah Litman, Melissa Murray and Kate Shaw, said: ‘It is no coincidence that the court is making our democracy less democratic even as it returns the issue of abortion to the political process. “.

The article even went so far as to claim that the Supreme Court “made several decisions that hampered the infrastructure of democracy.”

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“What the court has done is hand over the issue of abortion to politicians increasingly alienated from the will of the voters, as well as increasingly extreme on issues of reproductive rights and self-determination of women,” they wrote, not noting that abortion had previously been the purview of the Supreme Court, intentionally withheld from voters’ wills.

They seemed to imply that the court had quietly secured conservative electoral victories by allowing “partisan gerrymandering” across the United States.

“Partisan gerrymandering allows politicians, in effect, to select their voters – and to ensure that a particular party and its politicians remain in power even when a majority of voters want them out. elections so as to benefit their own, political parties ensure their continued primacy – and artificially constrain the will of the majority,” they said.

Outside the United States Supreme Court on June 25

Outside the United States Supreme Court on June 25
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No mention was made of how leftist politicians also practice gerrymandering and it is a practice historically used by both parties.

However, the article used tearful rhetoric about identity politics, ranging from suggesting that “the court is also about to make it easier for states to dilute the voting power of racial minorities” to asserting that their ruling on the abortion “allows states to treat women as less than full and equal citizens”.

The authors claimed that “minority groups will have difficulty voicing their objections to abortion restrictions in electoral politics”, even alleging that “the court has blessed two voting rules in Arizona that disproportionately limit the votes of members of minority groups”.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 24: People use voting machines to fill out their ballots when voting in the Georgia Primary at the Metropolitan Library on May 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MAY 24: People use voting machines to fill out their ballots when voting in the Georgia Primary at the Metropolitan Library on May 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“Given that the Court has consistently undermined democracy over the past decade, its recent call for democracy rings hollow – especially in the context of a ruling that allows states to treat women as citizens. less than full and equal citizens,” they concluded.

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In contrast, other commentators have praised the Supreme Court for giving power to the states rather than using the power for activism. Right on Crime executive director and former US attorney Brett Tolman remarked in an interview with Mark Levin that the Supreme Court appears to have “tamed” its activism for the first time in living memory.

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