No, I wasn’t referring to Diana Ross in that headline. I was talking about the Supreme Court, which is back in session. It’s about to get quite stressful for the pro-abortion, anti-gun crowd, and we can expect a sharp increase in the amount of Tums and Tylenol that will be purchased in the D.C. area over the next few weeks.
The cause of the Democrats’ migraines and heartburn is two important court cases that the Supreme Court will hear during the next session. One of them will involve arguments regarding the constitutionality of Mississippi’s abortion law, which prohibits abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In this case, the decision could also have ramifications for Texas’ abortion law, which went into effect early in September and bans abortions for pregnancies after six weeks.
The other case is New York Rifle & Pistol Association vs. Bruen, in which the plaintiff is challenging New York’s gun licensing scheme. The state’s process for obtaining a permit to carry a firearm requires a would-be licensee to prove they have a valid reason for needing a gun before being issued a license.
If these two cases don’t go the Democrats’ way, they will strike two tremendous blows to the left, which seeks to further restrict gun ownership and make abortion as easy as possible.
The left-wing activist media is already having a collective meltdown over the issue. MSBNC’s Jessica Levinson published a piece in which she complained about the possible outcome of both cases. In the article, she argued Mississippi’s law is “at odds with current Supreme Court precedent,” which was set during Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the court ruled that “once a fetus is viable, states can ban abortions,” and that states are not allowed to impose restrictions pre-viability that are an “undue burden” on a mother’s ability to get an abortion.
Because fetal viability typically begins at about 24 weeks of pregnancy, there seems to be no way to honestly square Mississippi’s law banning abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy, with the Casey standard. Twenty-four weeks is more than 15 weeks, and a ban is more than an undue burden. By agreeing to review Mississippi’s abortion law, at least four members of the court have almost certainly signaled that they’re comfortable overturning Roe and Casey. That number is likely closer to six, the same number that voted to allow Texas’ abortion law to remain in effect.
Author Erwin Chemerinsky wrote a piece for The Los Angeles Times, in which he expressed his worry that the court would rule in favor of gun rights when adjudicating the New York Rifle & Pistol Association’s case. He lamented that the case of District of Columbia v Heller in 2008 resulted in a 5-4 affirming the right for Americans to possess firearms for security purposes. In the article, he noted that “the court could expand gun rights beyond the landmark Heller case” and that “the five most conservative justices – in their opinions in Supreme Court cases or as appellate judges – have expressed strong support for limiting government regulation of firearms.”
He also argued:
In the 2008 Heller case, the Supreme Court acknowledged that the Second Amendment right to bear arms does not allow a person to “keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
These are only a few examples of how activist media outlets and Democrats are freaking out about the new Supreme Court session. They know that rulings in these cases are likely to go in a way that they don’t like. If and when this happens, expect to see more calls for packing the court. In addition, we are going to see the far-left progressive wing of the Democratic Party reignite their campaign to pressure their colleagues and President Joe Biden to try stacking the court in their favor.
Unfortunately for them, it won’t. We have already seen that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are not on board with that particular brand of lunacy. If their steadfast refusal to cave in on the “Build Back Better” agenda is any indication, they won’t be bullied into support court-packing either.
In the end, if the Supremes rule against abortion and in favor of gun rights, it will be a massive win for the right. It will also be a victory for the unborn and those exercising their Second Amendment rights.