Lock Them Up

If America were a healthy democracy, abortion would still be a constitutional right. It’s not just that all but one of the justices who voted to overturn Roe versus Wade were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote. The link between authoritarianism and criminalizing abortion goes deeper than that. Subjugating women is crucial to Donald Trump’s effort to legitimize and restore his authoritarian rule. He rallied his fans in 2016 by pledging to lock Hillary Clinton up. He identified American democracy with emasculation and promised his backers a new political order in which women were controlled and confined. Now the justices he appointed have delivered on that promise and helped him cement the political support he needs for the coup-attempt to come.

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