Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Monday issued what's being called a "warning siren" Monday, strongly suggesting landmark civil rights cases, perhaps Roe v. Wade, or Planned Parenthood v. Casey, or maybe Brown v. Board of Education are increasingly likely to be overturned by the Trump-reshaped far-right SCOTUS.
"Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next," Breyer wrote in a dissent of a case handed down Monday, overturning decades of Supreme Court precedent.
Here's one civil rights attorney's quick explanation:
Supreme Court's decision overturning 1979 precedent on sovereign immunity is most interesting for disregard majorit… https://t.co/yuIKMm2vUH— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@Sasha Samberg-Champion)1557757158.0
These bills are direct assaults on Roe v. Wade. Experts know if some will become law, will get challenged, and ultimately will wind up in the federal courts – which are growing increasingly conservative – and ultimately, at the Supreme Court.
It's important to put Justice Breyer's warning in context. As NBC News's Heidi Przybyla notes, "More than 300 proposals to restrict abortion have been introduced in states between January and March of this year."
👉🏻More than 300 proposals to restrict abortion have been introduced in states between January and March of this yea… https://t.co/l7Fb8MlDaF— Heidi Przybyla (@Heidi Przybyla)1557687132.0
Many legal experts weighed in on Twitter, making clear Justice Breyer's warning must be taken seriously.
Here's CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, saying Breyer's warning means the Supreme Court case that found women have a right to abortion is "doomed."
English translation of Justice Breyer's dissent today in Hyatt: "Roe v. Wade is doomed." #SCOTUS https://t.co/T2VoeYntRY— Jeffrey Toobin (@Jeffrey Toobin)1557759301.0
Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law:
From Justice Breyer's dissent in Franchise Tax Board. Hard not to read this as a veiled warning about Roe v. Wade.… https://t.co/fBysn8Dw5z— Nicholas Bagley (@Nicholas Bagley)1557757033.0
Former Obama White House Counsel's Office attorney:
A Supreme Court Justice is never going to send a bigger warning siren than Breyer does in his dissent today. https://t.co/uTc9gE5ZRZ— Daniel Jacobson (@Daniel Jacobson)1557757663.0
Attorney and writer at Slate:
Wow: Breyer hoists a red flag today, writing: "Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court… https://t.co/z0yZzREahx— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern)1557757404.0
Former Buzzfeed News Legal Editor:
Justice Breyer's warning this morning is as stark as others are saying. https://t.co/1R7RmrQ5WP https://t.co/jyZphTecpA— Chris Geidner (@Chris Geidner)1557760921.0
President, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
The Supreme Court is on a perilous path. We have 5 Justices who will abandon precedent and not be faithful to the… https://t.co/6q1QxH38pU— Kristen Clarke (@Kristen Clarke)1557757794.0
Reuters' Supreme Court reporter:
Today, the Supreme Court overruled a 1979 precedent. Justice Breyer is clearly thinking of another 1970s precedent… https://t.co/FEYB3SBLjt— Lawrence Hurley (@Lawrence Hurley)1557758085.0