[Ed. – Nothing like a little hyperbole to spice up a fake news segment.]
Nothing drives the commentariat crazier than the prospect of losing Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision abolishing all state bans on abortion.
If they see someone so much as looking at the ruling funny, they lose their composure entirely, succumbing to outlandish, feverish fantasies pulled from the wildest corners of their minds. They’ve certainly been doing that the past few weeks in response to rumors that President Trump may nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Roman Catholic, to succeed outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
One of the best (worst?) examples of this kind of pro-Roescaremongering took place this week on MSNBC, when guest Dorothy Roberts argued that overturning the law would lead to the criminalization of miscarriages.
Because why not?
“It’s a very thin line between putting a woman in prison for a stillbirth or a miscarriage that she’s blamed for — for something she did during her pregnancy — and criminalizing abortions,” said the University of Pennsylvania professor of law and sociology.