Following today's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortions, the US Supreme Court could next overturn rulings on contraception and same-sex relationships.
The decision ended constitutional protections for abortion, which could lead to abortion bans in roughly half of US states.
However, Matt Ford, editor at The New Republic, has revealed that Justice Clarence Thomas wants the court to consider two more rulings.
Alongside a screenshot of a leaked document, Ford tweeted: "In a solo concurring opinion, Thomas says the court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage."
In a solo concurring opinion, Thomas says the court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage. pic.twitter.com/zcQNko6NVR— Matt Ford (@fordm) June 24, 2022
Thomas wrote that the court should now examine other cases that preside in relation to the proposed proceedings.
"For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell," Thomas wrote.
Michelle Obama has come out and expressed her disappointment and wrote: "I am heartbroken today. I am heartbroken for people around this country who just lost the fundamental right to make informed decisions about their own bodies.
"I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made law of the land-a time when women risked losing their lives getting illegal abortions.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 24, 2022
My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY
"A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to move forward with pregnancies they didn't want, and then abandoned them once their babies were born.
"That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again. So yes, I am heartbroken-for the teenage girl, full of zest and promise, who won't be able to finish school or live the life she wants because her state controls her reproductive decisions; for the mother of a nonviable pregnancy who is now forced to bring that pregnancy to term; for the parents watching their child's future evaporate before their very eyes; for the health care workers who can no longer help them without risking jail time."
She added: "When we don't understand our history, we are doomed to repeat its mistakes.
"In this country, our futures are tied together in a delicate tapestry that we each have a hand in making.
"Too often, cynicism or indifference makes us feel like we don't have a say in weaving it, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The more we allow pessimism to push us further into helplessness, the less we will be empowered to help create the kind of country we want to live in.
"This horrifying decision will have devastating consequences, and it must be a wake-up call, especially to the young people who will bear its burden.
"I know this is not the future you chose for your generation-but if you give up now, you will inherit a country that does not resemble you or any of the values you believe in.
"This moment is difficult, but our story does not end here. It may not feel like we are able to do much right now, but we can. And we must."
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