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This Igniting Change Radio Show on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, entitled “Fighting Supreme Injustice: Countering the Threat to Voting Rights and Women’s Reproductive Rights”, will feature Radio Show Co-Hosts and Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Co-Leaders Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones in discussion for the first three segments of the show with guests Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq. and Terry O’Neill, Esq. regarding the May 2nd leak of the Supreme Court initial draft majority opinion in the case of Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer Of The Mississippi Department Of Health, Et Al, Petitioners V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Ft Al. The latter part of the third segment and the fourth segment of the show will feature guest Omar Sabir to discuss the upcoming primary elections on May 17th in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The program will be aired from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Radio One’s WOL 1450 AM in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as nationwide on WOLDCNEWS.COM and Barbaraarnwine.com. Attorney Daryl Jones and Barbara Arnwine will rotate in asking questions during the show. The questions included below are designed to provide a guide but are not the only possible questions, nor may they be asked in the exact same order.
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The first three segments of the show will highlight the May 2nd leak of the Supreme Court initial draft majority opinion in the case of Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer Of The Mississippi Department Of Health, Et Al, Petitioners V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Ft Al. with guests Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq. and Terry O’Neill, Esq. According to reports, Justice Samuel Alito, who drafted the opinion, would be joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett with Justices Elana Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. It is unclear where Chief Justice Roberts stands. This leaked decision, which the Court has acknowledged as authentic, has thrown the nation into turmoil. In a recent article by Al Jazeera, entitled “What has happened in week since draft Roe v Wade opinion leaked?”, it is noted that
“In the wake of the leak, which was published by Politico on the night of May 2, protests both for and against protected access to abortion have broken out nationwide.
“Federal legislators have vowed to move ahead with a – likely symbolic – attempt to codify the right to abortion access in US law, while state elected officials across the US have sought to prepare for a post-Roe v Wade world.”
In addition, legal experts have noted the legal conceptual flaws in extremism of this decision in that it would threaten all Constitutional rights based on the legacy of the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut decision, acknowledging unenumerated rights to contraception, abortion, civil rights, marriage equality (both for the LGBTQIA community and interracial marriage), and many other rights under the rubric of the general Constitutional right to privacy and human dignity and equality.
The timely article by Al Jazeera quoted earlier continues:
“About half of US states are expected to impose bans or restrictions on abortion access if Roe v Wade is overturned…In 2022, 546 restrictions on abortion have been introduced in legislatures in 42 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Of those, 32 restrictions have passed at least one legislative chamber in 12 states, with 37 restrictions enacted in 10 states. At the time of the leak, 13 states had already passed so-called trigger laws, which are designed to ban almost all abortions within state lines either immediately or in the days following the end of Roe v Wade. Another five states still have pre-Roe v Wade abortion bans on the books, although it is unclear if those bans would all go into effect immediately or if authorities would enforce the laws.”
“In Louisiana’s House, legislators last week advanced one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country that would make women and girls criminally liable for getting an abortion. In South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem has said she will ‘immediately call for a special session to save lives and guarantee that every unborn child has a right to life in South Dakota’ if Roe v Wade is overturned. Meanwhile, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said the state’s trigger law would go into effect if Roe v Wade is overturned, while sidestepping questions about whether the state would try to ban contraception if the ruling is struck down. State attorneys general in Missouri and Arkansas have also said they would certify the trigger laws in their states if Roe v Wade is overturned.
“The possibility has also led to an opposite push from supporters of abortion rights. At least 16 states had passed laws in recent years to protect the right to an abortion.Following the leak, California’s governor and top legislators said last week that they will pursue a state constitutional ‘amendment to enshrine the right to choose in our state constitution so that there is no doubt as to the right to abortion in this state’. For her part, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vowed the state would remain ‘a safe harbour’ for those seeking abortions from across the country. Meanwhile, Michigan’s attorney general has said she will not enforce the state’s 1931 law banning abortions if Roe v Wade is overturned, but acknowledged that the state’s 83 local county prosecutors would be able to enforce the law if they chose to do so.”
The article also features interactive maps with the information quote above.
This debate has been inflamed by the fact that many of the anti-abortion states make no exceptions for victims of incest or rape. A bitter post- Roe reality would mean that wealthy women could readily travel to states still offering abortions while poor women would struggle to find any assistance.
The latter part of the third segment and the fourth segment of the show will feature guest Omar Sabir to discuss the upcoming primary elections on May 17th in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Early voting is already underway in North Carolina and forms of early voting are also available in Pennsylvania. We will talk about the severe need for voter education to make sure that people’s mail in ballots are counted and pending deadlines.
These are the issues we will cover during this show.
Terry O’Neill, Esq. – Host of the podcast What Equality Looks Like, Current Board Secretary of the Transformative Justice Coalition, and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq. – Founder of the Legacy Education And Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc. (Leacef); former Assistant Secretary of State for the State of Mississippi for Elections and Public Lands; former President of National Association of Election Directors; and, the first African-African female to become a judge in Mississippi and to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi’s Law School
SEGMENTS ONE – THREE
LATTER PART OF SEGMENT THREE AND SEGMENT FOUR