Beware of those advocating ‘half-ethical’ rulings
The supreme justice of the US Supreme Court is almost obligated to his job to say that leaking such a 100-page concept ruling is immoral. But let’s call a spade a spade. The draft paper is immoral. The one who leaked it is a hero, as much as those who leaked Watergate or the ongoing Holocaust.
The free press, the guard dog of democracy, can only optimally do its work by virtue of courageous whistleblowers. Just like journalists have the right to protect confidentiality of their sources, holy snitches must be protected by law against bosses trying to find them. If you do nothing immoral, you won’t have anyone spilling any beans and don’t need to fear or find them.
As I advised, two days ago, people have started to protest. Waiting until the ruling becomes final is just too late. As I noted, none is set in stone yet.
And, it should especially help to threaten the Trump appointees with their impeachment if they violate the commitments they made to get the job.
There is another thing lurking that activists must call attention to. Salami tactics. If the Court would go halfway, allowing some abortions, forbidding others. We need to clarify that taking away any freedom to choose isn’t ‘a reasonable compromise.’ Rather, it’s a 100% unethical, slippery slope.
Massive demonstrations must be kept up not only until the Court cedes but also until the Midterm Elections results (Democrats broadly winning) will enable passing laws for abortion, transgender, and anti-conception rights, marriage equality, banning White supremacist groups and the death penalty, etc.
A final caveat: My grandfather used to say: “Geen nieuwtje zo groot of het is in drie dagen dood” (It rhymes which gives a ring of truth to Dutch ears), which roughly translates as: “Any news, no matter how big or bad, in three days, will be totally dead.” Today, we’re bombarded with analysts, politicians, and citizens talking about this in the media. MSNBC had dozens of clips in the past couple of days about it. Yet, it will be hard but worth it to keep it up until the victories I mention above are secured.