Daily Column – 4th May 2022

The abortion earthquake that shook the country on Monday night kept shaking the country on Tuesday.

People saw a leaked draught Supreme Court opinion from Politico, and it said that the court would strike down Roe v. Wade, which would leave abortion laws up to each state and take away abortion rights for millions of Americans.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court confirmed that the report was real, and they started looking into who was behind the leak of such a big deal. It also said that the draught doesn’t mean the final decision will be made this summer.

The people in DC were shocked.

During his campaign, Vice President Biden said that he would protect the federal right to an abortion. He also said that overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to the right to same-sex marriage being taken away.

Some Republican lawmakers, like Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, were more concerned about the leak itself and wanted the person who did it to be prosecuted when they were found.

During meetings with Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, both of whom are conservatives, they told her that the draught opinion was “completely inconsistent” with what they had said. This is a rare case of a Republican who supports abortion rights.

With Democrats, I don’t know.

It was a promise from California Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as other governors, to keep the right to abortion in their states safe.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants to start a vote in the Senate to make sure that abortion is legal in every state. There aren’t enough senators who voted for pro-choice legislation this year to make this a real thing.

The view from the business world

There wasn’t one. Large companies were mostly quiet about the leaked draught, even though more and more of them were helping their employees in states where abortion is not allowed. People who are very powerful CEOs say that the Business Roundtable doesn’t have an opinion on this.

Some well-known business people did speak out against it, including Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg. She wrote on Facebook and Instagram that if the draught happens, “one of our most important rights will be taken away.”

Pro-choice protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. They were separated from a smaller group of pro-life protesters by police barricades. Everyday people also spoke up. The rallies were also held all over the country, from New York City to LA.

Looking at the next few years…

Midterm elections are coming up in November, and the possible scrapping of Roe has pushed abortion issues to the top of the list.

JD Vance, a venture capitalist, won a big victory in a closely watched GOP Senate primary yesterday. This is the start of the primary season. It’s a good thing that Donald Trump likes him and billionaire investor Peter Thiel backs him.

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