Nikki Fried, Michele Rayner warn overturning Roe could erode other SCOTUS rulings on equality

Rayner Fried
'Everything we thought was settled law is on the chopping block.'

State Rep. Michele Rayner took her abortion rally tour through Florida’s 13th Congressional District to Dunedin’s City Hall Monday, as she competes for that seat this cycle.

About 50 reproductive rights advocates came to support the tour, including gubernatorial candidate and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Rayner embarked on her rally tour last week in St. Petersburg, less than 24 hours after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito‘s draft opinion overturning the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions was leaked to POLITICO.

Reproductive rights advocates and medical professionals have warned overturning those cases would set medicine and women’s autonomy over their own bodies back 50 years. But Fried and Rayner warned the decision’s language could have greater implications for other court decisions relating to privacy and equality.

“The most difficult part of that opinion is what it is going to fundamentally do to our country on how we are interpreting the 14th Amendment,” Fried said. “Every single right to privacy, every issue — contraception, gay marriage, gay adoption, Brown v. Board of Education — everything we thought was settled law is on the chopping block.”

Fried said that’s because of the dicta from Roe v. Wade. In legal terminology, dicta is language in an opinion or decision not necessary to the case at hand, but that can be used as an authoritative source in future cases. The dicta from Roe v. Wade, she said, has been used to establish a right to privacy cited in other SCOTUS decisions.

Alito’s draft opinion calls into question the court’s ability to establish a right (in this case privacy) that is not otherwise protected by the Constitution. The draft opinion attempted to confine the ruling to the issue of abortion, but some legal experts have warned the reasoning could undermine other rights granted in previous rulings.

“When the foundation to the right to privacy is eliminated, the floor comes out and all the other cases decided by that precedent get called into question,” Fried said.

Rayner said her first thought when she saw the decision was “not on my watch,” prompting her to reach out to the community and get them to act. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week indicated Republicans could pass a national ban on abortion if the GOP takes control of the House and Senate following the Midterm Elections.

Rayner said it’s crucial for communities to organize, register voters and elect leaders who will protect reproductive rights. Most polling shows Americans support abortion access. An October 2020 Quinnipiac poll found that 68% of voters agreed with the Roe decision while 23% disagreed.

“This is a justice issue. This is a health care issue,” Rayner said. “But it’s all intersectional with the issues that are on the ballot this August and this November.”

Daniel Figueroa IV

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6 comments

  • Charles

    May 10, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Freed is screaming fire in a movie theater trying to get elected. Sorry sweetie, it won’t work – try being truthful
    All this says is the individual states will decide. In essence— those elected state officials
    I’m ok with that – not ok with Freed creating hysteria and fear.

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    • Jim Satterfield

      May 10, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      That’s not what it says. It says go to the people’s elected representatives. That doesn’t limit it to the states and several Republican politicians have admitted they’d like to see a national ban.

      Reply

  • Ron Ogden

    May 10, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    “State Rep. Michele Rayner took her abortion rally tour through Florida’s 13th Congressional District to Dunedin’s City Hall Monday, as she competes for that seat this cycle.

    About 50 reproductive rights advocates came to support the tour, including gubernatorial candidate and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. ”

    Who said she could have a partisan political event on city property?

    Reply

  • Just a comment

    May 11, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Causal sex was never my thing but a lot will be loosing their paycheck

    Reply

  • Just a comment

    May 11, 2022 at 4:27 am

    Think before you dink

    Reply

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    May 11, 2022 at 9:07 am

    Far left anarchists desperately reaching for anything. LOL

    Reply

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