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An alarmed Rachel Maddow is confident Republicans will now take a “fetal personality” case to the Supreme Court in a bid to outright ban abortion nationwide.
Such a case would seek to define a fetus as a human being, and abortion murder. Maddow warned that extremist combat is a long game, decades of preparation, often applied with violence, and that Republicans are not about to calm down now that the court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
“The anti-abortion political project of the Republican Party and the political right has been the central organizing principle of the entire right-wing effort around the justice system, a project for which there is still no equivalent or mirror on the left. It’s a big deal,” she said on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on Friday.
This movement, which has been in the making for 40 years, “is taking off…just coming of age,” she noted.
And they don’t stop, she warned.
“There is nothing in the reasoning of [Friday’s] the opinion of these six judges that would preclude them from accepting something like a fetal personality case,” Maddow explained.
“A fetal personality case…would give this court a pathway to not just let individual states ban abortion, which they did today…A fetal personality case could be their way to impose a ban national abortion law, to the order of the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said.
That’s no exaggeration, Maddow argued.
“Would that be much more radical than what they did today? she asked. ‘I mean, they kind of broke the seal here, didn’t they? Roe was a 50-year-old precedent that had been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court many times,’ she noted.
“The Conservatives have the power over this tribunal, and they will now use it however they want, to get the results they want, to change the country the way they want without restriction – and you have to do what they say. “, she warned.
Maddow told viewers to start watching for new cases that will challenge the rights Judge Clarence Thomas has already warned will be next on the chopping block: same-sex marriage and birth control.
“Watch for a county clerk somewhere to deny a license to a couple trying to get married,” she said. “Watch someone who works in a health care facility somewhere refuse to process a prescription or an order for birth control… Watch Texas or another Republican-controlled state bring back their buggery law.
“For them, the dam broke,” she said of the judges.
“What do you see in their behavior that would give you reason to believe they see a reason to quit?”
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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