It happened quietly, flying under the radar in the face of crisis-driven federal governance and partisan squabbling. Over the course of a decade, conservatives have, for the most part, expanded their hold on state government in traditionally red states while making substantial gains in traditionally blue and purple states. The results have been dismal on a number of issues (see: misguided welfare policies, the utter gutting of school resources, etc.), but things have been especially terrifying in the realm of women’s reproductive healthcare.
Recent announcements from the Supreme Court, however, may offer some hope to those appalled by state legislatures hell bent on setting us back a century. In the coming session, they’ll be hearing two specific cases relevant to reproductive rights. One, as we previously covered, is utterly asinine. Another, however, could have repercussions that impact generations to come. Welcome to Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole.
You have questions. That’s understandable — this case and all of its variables and possible outcomes and potential implications is incredibly complex. Luckily, we have answers. Let’s break it down.
The brutal ISIS attacks in Paris last week paired with another gruesome suicide bombing in Beirut shook the global community to its core, and with good reason. Images and accounts from the ground were the stuff of nightmares — nightmares that people in countries where ISIS strikes like this on the regular live out everyday.
But for others, it was a stark reminder that this kind of violence often seen in the Middle East is not confined to the region, and that there is always the potential for such attacks to take place, no matter how safe or comfortable we think we are.
For some, this was motivation for their own form of extremism. Many of the GOP presidential contenders began banging the war drum early and loud. Donald Trump, in particular, proclaimed that he would “bomb the shit out of” countries where ISIS is active… innocents be damned.