Clinton Blames Trump: Supreme Court’s Abortion Debate Reads Like Handmaid’s Tale

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During her chat on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Hillary Clinton shared her gut reaction to the Supreme Court’s latest performance, which Clinton believes was less courtroom drama and more horror show. “I thought I would throw up listening to the oral argument before the Supreme Court about whether or not doctors and hospitals and nurses have to give emergency care to pregnant women who show up in emergency rooms, as you say, bleeding out in terrible pain, having some extraordinary challenge to a pregnancy that they wanted, but now they are not only sick but maybe dying,” she said.

According to Clinton, the Supreme Court is deciding whether it’s too much to ask that doctors and nurses actually treat pregnant women staggering into emergency rooms in dire straits. Clinton believes the Supreme Court’s skepticism toward a federal law guaranteeing access to life-saving care, including abortion, when necessary, is deeply troubling.

Clinton noted the split among justices, both ideologically and by gender, remarking, “To hear male justices of the Supreme Court parsing how many organs you have to lose in order to be eligible for emergency treatment, honestly, it was ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ come alive.”

Just in case you skipped the book, missed the show, or somehow dodged every single conversation about it, “The Handmaid’s Tale” dives into a dystopian nightmare set in near-future New England. Welcome to the Republic of Gilead, where a totalitarian regime has hijacked the former United States, all thanks to a severe fertility crisis. Under the thumb of extreme Christian fundamentalist rules, this society cheerfully strips women of their rights, relegating them to mere reproductive tools.

Clinton expressed a fervent concern about the potential erosion of women’s rights, voicing her alarm over discussions held by what she described as a “radical group of justices” within the Supreme Court. According to Clinton, these justices are determined to undo the strides made in various areas, essentially trying to “turn the clock back.”

The case being considered by the Supreme Court is a legal dispute involving an Idaho state law that restricts access to abortion, permitting it only in cases where a woman’s life is in danger. A lawsuit was filed against the state by the Biden administration, claiming that their recent law contradicts the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. This law requires hospitals to provide stabilizing care to patients who present themselves in the emergency room, regardless of their ability to pay for the services.

Clinton didn’t hold back in her endorsement of President Biden’s reelection, suggesting that any woman with a shred of self-respect, autonomy, and love for freedom would have no choice but to vote for Biden. Because apparently, in her world, there’s only one option for those who dare to value independence.

Asserting the importance of individual religious beliefs, Clinton stated, “If you are someone who has a religious belief about abortion, then pursue your own religious beliefs. That is exactly what this country allows you — in fact, wants you — to do, but that doesn’t mean that you or any of your male allies get to impose your views on everyone else, every other woman in this country.”

Clinton highlighted the precarious nature of progress, saying, “Progress is possible, not guaranteed.” She underscored her unwavering support for access to abortion care, cautioning against potential limitations resulting from the current Supreme Court makeup.

Clinton didn’t miss the opportunity to pin the blame squarely on former President Donald Trump. On X, she lamented how Trump’s Supreme Court picks seem poised to restrict women’s rights, pointing directly at him for the court’s dire leanings. In a social media post on X, Clinton condemned the implications of the oral arguments. She wrote, “The MAGA Supreme Court majority appears ready to rule that the right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ doesn’t extend to women with pregnancy complications or who otherwise need abortions. This is horrifying, and it is because of Donald Trump.”