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SCOTUS Attack on Roe v. Wade a Result of Radical, Dark Money Capture of Court

Sep 02, 2021

Last night, the Supreme Court ruled in an unsigned shadow docket opinion to allow Texas’ discriminatory, extremist anti-abortion law go into effect. The quasi-decision will have disastrous effects for women across the state of Texas, particularly in low-income communities, and marks the closest step the Court has taken to overturning Roe v. Wade.

“This attack on women’s health care and reproductive rights comes after a long coordinated effort for extremists and dark money groups to capture the courts. For years they have spent millions of dollars to appoint and confirm judges that will enact their radical, right-wing agenda, with one of their major end goals to overturn Roe v. Wade. As they have shown time and time again, the court is embarrassingly out of step with the American people as they continue to force their extremism,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “To ensure our courts and our government prioritize the interests of the people, the Senate must quickly pass the For the People Act to end the use of dark money and ensure Supreme Court justices are held to the same ethical standards as other judges. And they should not let outdated procedure stand in the way of this critically important bill. While we push for the Senate to pass this bill, we will continue to fight to elect candidates who will support judges who share the values of the American people and will hold wealthy special interests accountable.”

Dark money groups have raised over $250 million to push the courts rightward, and spent $17 million on anti-Merrick Garland and pro-Neil Gorsuch messaging, at least $3 million to promote Amy Coney Barrett, and $7.3 million on Brett Kavanaugh.