On Friday, Bold TV welcomed Bustle’s Jessica Tarlov and Bishop Council Nedd for our weekly debate, discussing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and how it could affect abortion access.
We got their take on the controversy surrounding Neil Gorsuch, who’s currently a conservative judge currently from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Many observers point out that Gorsuch’s confirmation would tip the Supreme Court further right.
We discussed how this will affect women, the feminist movement and reproductive rights. For the first time in a long time, it’s a real possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. Our discussion covered important issues of rights for all people, and if the same rights we enjoy should also be given to the unborn.
Carrie pointed out the inconsistency in the law, where if a pregnant woman is killed, it is considered a double-homicide, but in abortions, the fetus is not considered to have human rights. We need “objective standards,” according to Nedd. He compared abortion laws to the racial issues from the Dred Scott decision, “Once you dehumanize somebody…then it’s easy for someone to say his life doesn’t matter.”
Jessica made the argument that economically, it would be tragic for these laws to be turned over to the states as many women would face restrictions to abortion access. “Women with means are always going to have access to abortion…the women who are going to be affected by this are lower-income women, most-likely minorities.”
This was an engaging discussion that provides thoughtful insight in to the possibilities pertaining to abortion in the midst of the nomination of President Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee.
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