It’s been nearly two weeks since the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade was leaked, and both TV journalists and their fellow lefties are still struggling to come to grips with the news. But although the hysterics haven’t ceased, the talking heads do appear to have decided on a messaging strategy, which is that this decision signals the beginning of a massive judicial rollback of individual rights under the 14th Amendment.
If the soothsayers on liberal cable and broadcast networks are to be believed, the end of Roe signals the impending doom of everything from gay marriage, to interracial marriage, to school desegregation. Watch:
Joy Behar on ABC’s The View had already discovered this line of argument within hours of the draft opinion being leaked: “Next they’ll go after gay marriage and maybe, what is it, Brown v. Board of Education.”
“That’s what the concern is,” CNN’s Don Lemon explained to viewers on May 5. “That it’s going to lead to other things. That it’s a slippery slope.”
“There have been real concerns that this does go beyond abortion,” observed MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on May 10. He added that he did not believe Justice Alito that the decision did not also have implications for “contraceptive rights,” “interracial marriage,” and “marriage equality”:
SCARBOROUGH: If you pull on that thread, on Roe, you’re pulling on that thread of Griswold, of Loving, of marriage equality, of all of these rights to privacy that the court has found over the past fifty, sixty, seventy years, that was contained in the constitution.
JONATHAN LEMIRE: Yeah, I don’t know why any American, or any voter, or any Democrat should believe them. Why do they think this would stop here, with this particular decision. Why wouldn’t they think it’d be an infringement on other rights, a restriction, a removal of other rights?
It’s difficult to imagine any of these so-called journalists actually believe that the Supreme Court would go after interracial marriage or school desegregation. Regardless, this media narrative is a cynical attempt to score political capital for their preferred candidates ahead of the midterms.