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Justice Thomas: What ‘Specific’ Right In The Constitution Allows Abortion?

During Wednesday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Justice Clarence Thomas questioned the U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar on what specific right to abortion is protected by the Constitution as found in Roe v. Wade, comparing it to the Second Amendment and Fourth Amendment which specify the rights they are protecting in their text.

According to RealClearPolitics, Justice Thomas asked, “Would you specifically tell me, specifically state, what the right is? Is it specifically abortion? Is it liberty? Is it autonomy? Is it privacy?”

“The right is grounded in the liberty component of the 14th Amendment, Justice Thomas,” Prelogar stated. “But I think it promotes interests in autonomy, bodily integrity, liberty, and equality. I think it is specifically the right to abortion here, the right of a woman to be able to control without the state forcing her to continue a pregnancy whether to carry that baby to term.”

“I understand we are talking about abortion here,” Thomas said. “But what is confusing is that we — if we were talking about the Second Amendment, I know exactly what we are talking about. If we’re talking about the Fourth Amendment, I know what we’re talking about because it’s written. It is there. What specifically is the right here that we are talking about?”

“Well, Justice Thomas, I think that the court in those other contexts, with respect to those other amendments, has had to articulate what the text means and the bounds of the Constitutional guarantees,” Prelogar said. “And it has done so through a variety of different tests that implement First Amendment rights, Second Amendment rights, and Fourth Amendment rights.”

“I don’t think there is anything unprecedented or anomalous about the right that the court articulated in Roe and Casey, and the way it implemented that right by defining the scope of the liberty interest by reference to viability and providing that’s the moment when the balance of interest tips and when the state can act to prohibit a woman from getting an abortion, based on its interest in protecting fetal life,” she added.

“So the right, specifically, is abortion?” Thomas responded.

“The right of a woman, prior to viability, to control whether to continue with a pregnancy, yes,” Prelogar answered.

The case being argued, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is over a 2018 law in Mississippi that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Court’s decision could overturn the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade which forced states to allow abortions.

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Cruz Responds To Biden Removing Marxist Terrorist Group From U.S. Terrorist List

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Joe Biden during a Senate hearing over his administration’s decision to remove a Marxist terrorist group from the United States’ official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

“This morning, the Biden administration removed the FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, from the list of foreign terrorist organizations,” Cruz said. “The FARC is an organization of Marxist-Leninist narco terrorists. For decades, they have killed, they’ve kidnapped, they’ve extorted Colombians. They have murdered and seized American citizens. They continue to pose an acute threat to Colombian security and to American interest across the region. This is sadly a part of a pattern of Biden foreign policy when it comes to dealing with terrorists.”

“And it is a pattern of appeasement and weakness towards terrorists,” he continued. “It’s a pattern we’ve seen with the Taliban and the absolute disaster in Afghanistan. It’s a pattern we’ve seen with the Houthis in Yemen, where again, the Biden administration lifted sanctions on them, and it’s a pattern that has led to disaster.”

Just weeks before Biden removed the FARC from the U.S.’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, an Iranian-backed extremist group that Biden also removed from the U.S.’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations launched a missile attack on a mosque and a religions school that killed and injured 29 civilians.

The group, named Ansarallah, had been labelled a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the Trump administration.

“If Ansarallah did not behave like a terrorist organization, we would not designate it as an FTO and SDGT,” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained a statement. “It has led a brutal campaign that has killed many people, continues to destabilize the region, and denies Yemenis a peaceful solution to the conflict in their country. Rather than distance itself from the Iranian regime, it has embraced the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism even more. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has supplied Ansarallah with missiles, drones, and training, allowing the group to target airports and other critical infrastructure.”

Democrat Senator Threatens ‘Revolution’ If Roe V. Wade Is Overturned

On Monday, Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) threatened a “revolution” if the Supreme Court overturned the infamous Roe V. Wade decision of 1973 that mandated states to allow abortion.

The threat comes as the United States Supreme Court is set to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health this week which could result in Roe being overturned.

“This infringement on women’s rights, on our privacy, on the attempt to have state control of our personal health, really is what we would see in an authoritarian state,” Shaheen said. “It’s not what we would expect in New Hampshire. I think if you want to see a revolution, go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people. Because I think that will not be acceptable to young women or young men.”

“In Dobbs, the court considers the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that limits abortions after 15 weeks of gestation with exceptions for health emergencies and fetal abnormalities,” Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, explained. “The statute conflicts with the court’s controlling abortion cases, Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that laws may not pose an undue burden on abortion prior to viability.”

When Roe V. Wade was originally decided, it was considered extremely controversial and nationally destabilizing. Even the pro-choice late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believed the decision was too large in scope and caused decades of controversy.

In a 1992 law review article, Ginsburg explains that the Texas law at the center of the case was one of the strictest in the nation and could have been struck down with a much more limited ruling.

“Suppose the Court had stopped there, rightly declaring unconstitutional the most extreme brand of law in the nation, and had not gone on, as the Court did in Roe, to fashion a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force,” Ginsburg wrote. “Would there have been the twenty-year controversy we have witnessed, reflected most recently in the Supreme Court’s splintered decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey? A less encompassing Roe, one that merely struck down the extreme Texas law and went no further on that day, I believe and will summarize why, might have served to reduce rather than to fuel controversy.”

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Sen. Cruz Responds To Fauci’s Political Attacks

Over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to a political attack from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the president, by again calling for an investigation into Fauci for lying to Congress.

Fauci told CBS News’ Margaret Brennan, “Anybody who spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise, Margaret, that’s noise.”

When asked about Cruz saying that he should be prosecuted for lying to Congress, Fauci dodged, saying, “Yeah. I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on Jan. 6, senator?”

Fauci continued by deflecting from the lies he made while testifying to Congress by claiming Republicans were just trying to protect former President Trump.

After the interview, Cruz responded to Fauci’s partisan attack, writing on Twitter that Fauci is “an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans.”

“He lives in a liberal world where his smug ‘I REPRESENT science’ attitude is praised,” Cruz continued.

Cruz then listed four facts that supported his call for Fauci to be investigated:

  1. On May 11, Fauci testified before a Senate Committee that “the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
  1. On October 20, NIH wrote they funded an experiment at the Wuhan lab testing if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” That is gain of function research.
  2. Fauci’s statement and the NIH’s October 20 letter cannot both be true. The statements are directly contradictory.
  3. 18 USC 1001 makes it [a] felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, to lie to Congress.

“No amount of ad hominem insults parroting Democrat talking points will get Fauci out of this contradiction,” Cruz concluded. “Fauci either needs to address the substance—in detail, with specific factual corroboration—or DOJ should consider prosecuting him for making false statements to Congress.”

Iran

Iran: ‘We Will Not Back Off From The Annihilation Of Israel’

On Saturday, a spokesman for Iran’s military said it was not going to “back off” from its pursuit of the total elimination of Israel.

“We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter,” Brig.-Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces, told the Iranian Students News Agency. “We want to destroy Zionism in the world.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, “The Iranian general also blasted Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel, terming the diplomacy ‘intolerable’ for Iran’s clerical regime. ‘Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and other countries considered as Muslims, for us they part of the Zionist regime and this is very important,’ said Shekarchi.”

The announcement comes after a September 13th report from the New York Times that said Iran “has come within roughly a month of having enough material to fuel a single nuclear weapon.”

“Experts studying new data contained in reports last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ atomic inspection group, say that by enriching nuclear fuel in recent months to near bomb-grade levels, Tehran has gained the capability to produce the fuel needed for a single nuclear warhead within a month or so, …” The Times added. “A report issued on Monday by the Institute for Science and International Security, a private group that specializes in analyzing the findings of the United Nations agency, concludes that a race over the summer to enrich uranium at 60 percent purity — just below bomb grade — has put Iran in a position to produce the fuel for a single bomb in ‘as short as one month.’”

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