Roe v Wade: The Rise of Fascism in the US

Nadin Brzezinski
3 min readMay 3, 2022
Demonstrations outside the Supreme Court, via Twitter

As I wrote last month, there is a rising tide of fascism in the United States. The United States Supreme Court is one of the cudgels to roll back the rights of women. That earlier piece was in the context of Disney, and Critical Race Theory. This is in that continuum in a war of the minority against the majority. It is an attack on community and resiliency.

These are leaks from the Supreme Court, which are unprecedented in the United States. What Politico is reporting is an attack on women’s rights to their own bodies.

The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.

The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision — Planned Parenthood v. Casey — that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes.

The full leaked draft decision is here.

Leaks from the court are extremely rare. So is the use of the shadow docket, which has been abused this term. But I am not going to deal with the inside Washington process. Rather the effect this will have.

The first is on individual lives. Let me make this clear, women of means who want an abortion, as always, will always be able to access the medical procedure. But women who are middle class to poor may not be able to. As a medic, in Mexico, I saw the effect of this.

These were young women who were dying in the back of my ambulance because they were septic. They were septic because they went and got a back-alley abortion. Why? Because they could not afford to have a child. Back then abortion was illegal for any reason. These women not only faced a life or death infection, but also likely charges for murder.

That Mexico has decriminalized abortion as we are on the threshold of taking this away, is ironic. It is trying to make women second-class citizens with no bodily autonomy.

This will heat up the culture wars. It’s also something that is a characteristic of fascism. This prefaces a…

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB