By John McClaughry
President Biden signed an executive order directing agencies to take steps to protect access to abortions and the privacy of patients seeking reproductive health services. The order also directed the secretary of Health and Human Services to make reports and launch a public education campaign on access to reproductive health services.
I’m not taking a position on the merits of the Supreme Court’s decision, or the effectiveness of the actions President Biden announced in response to it. But there’s one thing the president said when signing the executive order that really aroused my concern. Here it is:
“We cannot allow an out-of-control Supreme Court working in conjunction with extremist elements of the Republican Party to take away freedoms and our personal autonomy.”
The bit about the court working with extremist Republicans to take away our freedoms and our personal autonomy is the usual kind of partisanship that ought to be beneath the dignity of a president, but that’s not my big problem.
My big problem is Biden’s declaration that “we can’t allow an out of control Supreme Court … ” Oh? Who is this “we”? Just who is supposed to be in control of the Supreme Court? The President? The Congress? Not under our Constitution that you repeatedly swore to defend, Joe.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.