Democrats Stoke Unfounded Fears After Supreme Court Abortion Draft Leaked

Democrats are doing their level best to terrify the American public about the possibility that the Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade. Not only are they pretending that it would outlaw abortion in the United States, but they are also now suggesting that Republicans are going to take it further and repeal gay marriage and prohibit contraceptives. Of course, they know none of this is true, but Democrats are gonna Democrat, right?

Jim Obergefell of Obergefell v. Hodges, which made gay marriage legal, released a statement on Tuesday cautioning that doing away with Roe v. Wade could threaten members of the LGBTQ community.

“The extreme US Supreme Court should not be overturning decades of established law and denying the most basic human health rights to pregnant people to make their own decisions about their lives and their bodies,” he said. He continued:

“The sad part is… five or six people will determine the law of the land and go against the vast majority of Americans who overwhelmingly support a person’s right to make their own health decisions and a couple’s right to be married.

The Independent published a piece suggesting that same-sex marriage is now in jeopardy because of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision regarding Roe v. Wade. The author explained that Democrats and LGBTQ rights groups are concerned that the court might be “targeting the constitutional rights to privacy that many other laws are founded upon.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is also waxing hysterical about the matter.

“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion – they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights,” she tweeted. “Manchin is blocking Congress codifying Roe. House has seemingly forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These 2 points must change.”

However, it does not seem likely that Republicans will be going after gay marriage anytime soon – if ever. Indeed, a survey revealed that in 2019, 51 percent of conservatives said they backed same-sex marriage. Sure, that’s not a huge majority, but it is pretty clear that even the ones who are not for gay marriage aren’t passionate enough about the issue to push politicians to reverse Obergefell v. Hodges.

But that’s not all. In 2021, a Gallup poll also showed that support for same-sex marriage has grown among conservatives. From the report:

Republicans, who have consistently been the party group least in favor of same-sex marriage, show majority support in 2021 for the first time (55%). The latest increase in support among all Americans is driven largely by changes in Republicans’ views.

There you have it. Republicans, by and large, are not concerned with killing gay marriage, and there is absolutely no evidence of a concerted effort to take action against it, regardless of whatever personal beliefs conservatives hold.

Next, we have contraception. Democrats and left-leaning media activists are also wringing their hands over the possibility that the Supreme Court’s potential decision might also prevent women from obtaining contraceptives. The Guardian reported:

Laws broadly banning abortion may also prohibit certain forms of birth control that opponents incorrectly say are working as abortion-causing medications. And the supreme court decision underpinning the right to access contraception, Griswold v Connecticut, could also come under fire in much the same way as Roe did.

Wendy Parmet, faculty co-director for the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University told The Guardian that if Justice Samuel Alito’s draft becomes the official opinion of the court, it could jeopardize the ability to obtain birth control pills. She said Alito’s “opinion doesn’t read like Roe was a wrongful tangent of the foundation” of the 14th Amendment, “it really reads like the foundation was inappropriate and unfounded,” which means that “judges are going to find it hard to make the distinction with contraception.”

The article suggested that pro-lifers would launch an effort to prevent women from obtaining birth control that does not terminate a pregnancy because they believe sexual intercourse should only take place within the confines of marriage. It’s yet another indicator that progressive media activists need to get outside of their bubbles and actually have conversations with conservatives–instead of going with the caricatured version they have created in their frantic minds.

But again, the data does not support this contention.

Another survey revealed that about 78 percent of adults believe birth control is a part of women’s health care. This includes 93 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans. A 2020 Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of Americans believe that advocating for free birth control is a positive for public health. Only 12 percent of conservatives said free birth control is a negative for public health.

Of course, there are plenty on the right who believe birth control is a sin. It is a common belief among Catholics, for example. But even these folks have not advocated for outlawing birth control pills. The folks who do would represent a tiny sampling of those on the right who do not care about contraception. Unfortunately, leftists never let facts get in the way of their preferred narrative.

Nevertheless, it seems clear to most of the electorate that conservatives are not trying to threaten gay marriage or contraceptives. Indeed, you cannot find any widespread movement on the right to push for this type of initiative. Every year since the Roe v. Wade ruling, conservatives have held the March for Life in January. But where are the marches against gay marriage? Where are the marches against contraception?

They don’t exist because it’s not a thing. In the end, all of this pearl-clutching over other supposed “rights” amounts to nothing more than baseless fearmongering. But, what else would we expect?


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