This week the Supreme Court gave its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century by rejecting Texan laws that sharply reduced the number of abortion clinics in the populous state and essentially made it harder for women to seek an abortion. In case you were locked in a bunker preparing for the zombie apocalypse and hadn’t heard, Hillary Clinton is running for president, and women’s issues are at the top of the Democratic to-do list. The Supremes also ended their losing streak of voting 4-4 on an issue and generally being ineffective, making everyone wonder if Antonin Scalia actually needs to be replaced at all.
The usually conservative justice who sided with his four liberal colleagues was Anthony Kennedy, a notorious swing voter. Pro-choice advocates are cheering him on and doubt has now been cast on at least 20 other states who have similar abortion laws. No word yet from Donald Trump about whether or not women in this case should be punished. But it’s all fun and memes until it affects you. Earlier in the week, a 4-4 split meant that President Obama's executive action on immigration would be overturned, affecting the status of at least 5 million undocumented migrants and a potentially huge part of Obama’s legacy.
Now the Supreme Court has closed in time to celebrate the nation’s independence and watch the newest alien invasion movie where America inevitably saves the day. But for those in a more reflective mood, it seems SCOTUS is on the edge of a historic change in direction – more liberal if Clinton wins in November, more conservative if Trump is elected. And that’s why Republicans are dragging their feet on justice nominee Merrick Garland; there’s simply too much at stake and all that matters now is brute political power.
Unprepared for the zombie apocalypse? Not a problem, just move into your local mall. Movie for your mood: Dawn of the Dead