Michelle Obama Asks America To Protect Women From GOP Creeps

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama was among those speaking out in favor of abortion rights this Saturday as demonstrations got underway around the nation that were set to feature thousands and thousands of people rallying for access to reproductive healthcare. The former First Lady directed observers to chances to act including the upcoming midterm elections.

A draft majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court recently leaked that, if made final, would overturn the court’s previous Roe v. Wade decision that established the legally recognized nationwide right to an abortion. Eliminating the legal standards established by that decision would, in part, leave handling abortion access to state leaders, including the many anti-abortion zealots currently in power. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks since we saw the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion on abortion,” Obama commented. “Even if we knew the courts were heading toward this day, it doesn’t make the frustration, grief, and fear any less real.” She added as follows:

‘But we don’t have to stand idly by while others try to turn back the clock on progress. I’m so inspired by everyone out marching today. And I know that we’re going to see so many folks carrying this energy forward to the elections in November and in every election after that. If any of you are questioning whether or not your vote matters, I get it. But remember that state lawmakers are the ones who will determine whether abortion is safe, legal, and accessible in your communities. And we are the ones who determine our state lawmakers.’

“So when you get home from marching, check your voter registration status with @WhenWeAllVote and encourage others to do the same at http://WhenWeAllVote.org,” Michelle Obama also said. Check out her comments below:

There is still an opportunity for Justices to change their opinions prior to the court releasing its final conclusions in the case that provided the backdrop for the leaked opinion. That document was written by Justice Samuel Alito, whose D.C.-area residence was among spots recently targeted by pro-abortion rights protesters. Although initially, certain conservative leaders such as Senate GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) focused on the fact that the draft opinion was leaked over the substance of the document, there’s — predictably — been a deluge of jubilation from right-wingers at the prospect of undoing decades of progress on abortion rights, no matter the health consequences. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who currently occupies the number two party leadership spot among Senate GOP’ers, recently explicitly praised the prospect of overturning Roe.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would return the issue of abortion to the people and their elected representatives, and Democrats are keen to make sure that doesn’t happen – probably because they know that the American people are not in agreement with Democrats’ extreme abortion agenda,” Thune said. And just to make it clear, CBS characterized Thune’s stance as in support of putting abortion access under the control of legislative officials. Meanwhile, recent polling actually indicates that most Americans oppose draconian abortion restrictions. In a new Yahoo News/YouGov survey, just 34 percent backed the idea of making abortion illegal in “all” or “most” cases.