The news pretty much blindsided me, because I spent much of last night gaming with old friends, avoiding news and commentary for a few hours of friendly competition and the jocularity which accompanies it. When I finally became aware that an anonymous leaker had revealed Sam Alito (not going to call him a 'justice') had drafted an opinion calling the overturning of Roe vs Wade, I had a brief flashback to Spring 2020, when there was but one news item... the probable termination of legal abortion in much of the United States drives all other stories out of the headlines.
Already, 23 states have put into place legislation to outlaw abortion as soon as Roe is overturned. Three years ago, I had a conversation with a friend regarding the people we'd have to hide if anti-immigrant policies got worse... today, I had a conversation with her about the people we'd have to help travel to get healthcare. She made me swear I'd provide the bail money for her because she's going to fight this thing as hard as she can.
Already, the abortion rights rallies are taking place, but I think that a general strike by all pro-choice women will be needed. If women are relegated to second-class status by a Supreme Court dominated by justices nominated by popular vote losers, they should withdraw their contributions to society to force change. Sure, voting in November is critical, but the same Supreme Court which is moving to strip women of their right to necessary reproductive care is also moving to strip them of their right to vote.
This court won't stop with Roe, if successful, they will move to overturn Obergefell and Lawrence vs Texas. These people will never stop their culture war until they are stopped, and they need to be defeated now.