Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

Action 1:

Speak up for Roe and the 14th Amendment:

Comments that conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court made during hearings last week on the Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks make clear that the Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, despite its 48 year history of settled law. This ban includes no exceptions for rape or incest. Dozens of other states are prepared to follow Mississippi’s lead if Roe is overturned. This will limit women’s access to healthcare and create hardship for countless women.

This case is about more than abortion, though. Justice Sonya Sotomayor argued that if the Court makes this decision, it will be seen as hopelessly politically partisan and may never recover its legitimacy. Historian Heather Cox Richardson writes (https://www.facebook.com/100044557238708/posts/446804296814808/) if Roe falls so might any right that is protected by the equal rights and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. These clauses have been used to allow the federal government to overrule discriminatory state laws thereby enhancing protections for civil rights, gay rights, interracial marriage, and access to birth control. Denying federal protections for any of these would allow conservative states to resume discrimination we thought was in our past.

Write to the Supreme Court and warn them they risk losing the trust of the American people and will set a dangerous precedent if they overturn Roe. Here is a link to the Court: https://www.supremecourt.gov/contact/contact_pio.aspx