WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - Encircled by an ominous security fence and off-limits to the public since March 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised in the coming weeks to issue a major ruling that could dramatically curtail abortion rights from behind closed doors with not a single justice in sight.
No members of the public have been allowed in the courthouse since COVID-19 pandemic precautions were implemented in March 2020. The scene at the court has become more tense following protests and threats against some of the nine justices prompted by the May leak of a draft opinion indicating they are set to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The court has a 6-3 conservative majority.
Biden would use the declaration of a public health emergency to shield doctors from legal liability for treating patients in a state where they are not licensed, according to a report in the New York Times.
The president warned that overturning Roe v. Wade would cause a “mini-revolution” in the United States.
“It’s just ridiculous in my view and I don’t think the country will stand for it, but I think what we’re going to have to do, there’s some executive orders I could employ, we believe, we’re looking at that right now,” he said.
Biden’s staff appears more than willing to weaponize emergency and wartime executive powers in politically fraught situations.
!!!!!Public Health Emergency!!!!!!
Don't believe for a moment that RKBA will be untouched by this - in the name of Public Health.
Enjoy Juneteenth on the 20th!
Fireworks may begin Tuesday or Thursday with declarations from the ivory tower (which I once sat in on).