Why We Gotta Talk About Court Reform–Now!

We worry about a Ron DeSantis or a Donald Trump being elected and turning this nation into a dictatorship, but perhaps we should be more immediately concerned by the rate at which the courts are taking over our lives! Our friend Annie over at annieasksyou has the lowdown …


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Something is really out of kilter in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You’ve probably heard about an imminent decision on abortion. The reason I’m writing about it now is that no matter what I’ve read or heard, I still haven’t come across a sensible explanation concerning how this situation evolved—let alone how it can stand in 21st Century America.

There’s a single judge in Texas, a guy named Matthew Kacsmaryk, who’s pretty definitely about to tell women and the medical professionals who care for them—throughout the US, regardless of where they live or what their state laws say—that the abortion pill the FDA approved twenty-three years ago is—well, verboten.

How does one man (a D Trump appointee, part of the wondrous lasting legacy) get to make this far-reaching decision? The medication in question—mifepristone—is currently used in a…

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9 thoughts on “Why We Gotta Talk About Court Reform–Now!

  1. What’s going on with the courts? They’re taking over our lives, and our reproductive rights in particular. I don’t understand how this situation evolved, or how it can stand in America in the 21st century.


    • During his four years in the Oval Office, Donald Trump appointed as many uber-conservative judges and justices as he possibly could, aided by recommendations from the far-right-wing Federalist Society. As rarely happens, he had the opportunity, in part due to the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to appoint three justices to the Supreme Court — Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett. So now, we have a Supreme Court that is stacked toward ultra-conservativism, hence the overturning of Roe v Wade, and the potential for overturning many other humane rulings. Unfortunately, since Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life, the three Trump appointed will be around for a while, as will Clarence Thomas, another ultra-conservative. The only solution to balancing the Supreme Court is to expand it from its current nine members to at least 11, preferably 15! However, that is not likely to happen with the current makeup of Congress. It may be decades before we can rely on sound judgment and justice from our courts again.


  2. Before they ban it totally, everyone in America should read the book ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Modern-day Christian Fundamentalists in the USA are trying to make Gilead a reality. And they might succeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I read it many moons ago, and recently purchased a copy to read again. I agree … it is one that should be required reading instead of forbidden, as should Orwell’s “1984” and Huxley’s “Brave New World”.

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  4. Thank you, Jill. As I noted in my response to your comment on my blog, I just added an update including a link to a new Slate article that’s intended to allay our concerns. I sure hope the authors are right, but still I worry.

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    • Hmmmm … I can’t find your response to my comment … I checked, and then checked again. I did, however, find the update with the link to the Slate article and have set it aside to read later (probably after a bit of sleep, since it’s almost 3:00 a.m. and I’m still working my way through comments!) Yes, I worry too, about many things these days. Sigh.

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