Time to worry about privacy and reproductive rights | Editorial

Time to worry about privacy and reproductive rights | Editorial

As President Trump prepares to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Floridians who care about reproductive choice should be worried, no matter the special privacy protections afforded by our state constitution. (Bloomberg) Left on the cutting room floor of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission this year was a radical attack on the privacy provision that would protect reproductive choice in Florida, no matter what happens to Roe v. Wade , the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established abortion rights nationwide. But make no mistake. The assault on privacy will resurface in the Florida Legislature if President Trump nominates someone to the Supreme Court who wants to upend Roe , the monumental decision that — within limits — established abortion as a privacy right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. And if there is one promise the president fears to break, it is his pledge to repeal Roe v. Wade . It won him decisive votes from religious conservatives during the campaign, and explains why so many continue to ignore or excuse his unholy behavior. This is what Trump said about the Supreme Court during his third debate with Hillary Clinton. "If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that will happen. And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.” As he prepares to announce his second Supreme Court nominee on Monday, however, the president is saying something different. He’s saying he won’t ask the candidates about […]

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