Listening to the Supremes

I was able to listen to most of the oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health this morning. Upon reflection, I have the following comments—

Justice Thomas posed two important questions which I don’t believe were properly answered. First, where is a right to an abortion found in the Constitution? Second, could a women who uses illegal drugs before her baby is viable and thereby causes injury to the child be charged with child abuse?

Justice Sotomayor’s comparison of a child in utero with a brain dead person was bizarre. And ghastly.

It seems clear how Justices Thomas, Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor will vote.

Based on what I heard, I suspect the remaining four justices will vote with Thomas and Alito to put an end to Roe v. Wade, but I’m not sure.

I suppose we’ll see in late June.

Tomorrow is Pitching to Today

And just before bedtime on Thursday evening another brief was filed with the Supremes in the Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al. case. This one is from the governor of Montana, and he’s supporting the defendant states—which is opposed to the position taken by the State of Montana.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

—Hunter S. Thompson

I note that Governor Bullock is Democrat. I also note that although he has filed in his official capacity as governor, he is represented by lawyers from New York rather than Montana.