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Out in the Bay: US Supreme Court draft abortion decision leak shows threats to queer rights too

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LGBTQ civil liberties may indeed be threatened by abortion cases now before the conservative-heavy U.S. Supreme Court. Those cases include Dobbs v.

Jackson Women's Health, the Mississippi case in which a draft majority opinion was leaked to Politico May 2. Along with abortion rights, LGBTQ people's rights to marry whomever they want; to have consensual sex however and with whomever they like; to use a condom, other protection or birth control; and to have gender-affirming surgery may also be at risk.Federal courts correspondent, Lisa Keen, who writes for the Bay Area Reporter and other outlets, told Out in the Bay — Queer Radio + Podcast host Christopher J.

Beale this week that she found the leaked draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, "shocking" on many levels. "The draft shows that the majority is planning to go to an extreme," Keen said. "They're prepared to allow states to ban abortion at any point in a pregnancy and ignore any concern for the mother's life or well-being."Especially alarming for LGBTQ people in the leaked draft is language saying courts should generally defer to state legislatures, said Keen, which are "growing more and more extreme ...

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