As a prosecutor, one is taught to never ask a question that you don’t already know the answer to in a courtroom. As that training runs quite deep, it is difficult to ask the following question, as I have no idea what the answer might be.
We know what we do as a society when a government violates our civil or human rights. Our system of government is structured with checks and balances and limited powers to enable citizens to seek redress of such grievances. If a state official violates your rights, you have plain and immediate remedies: take them to civil court, sometimes criminal court, elect them out of office, gather fellow citizens and demand action, etc. So, we know what we do as citizens and as a society when Congress violates our constitutional rights, or when a President or Governor or other government official does so (even if some of those solutions, such as impeachment, are far from perfect…).
But what do we do when the highest court in the land violates the Constitutional and human rights of American citizens? Who is left to appeal to? What is the channel to hold the offending Justices to account?
Make no mistake: what the majority Members of the Supreme Court in Dobbs have done is to violate the human rights of every American woman. The only question is, what are we going to do about it?
I don’t know.
But I know that it has to reverse that abuse, punish the offenders, and ensure it can never happen again. I’m interested to hear all your thoughts on the matter in the comments.