Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) demonstrated that she is ignorant about the legal institutions and documents of our nation this week by claiming the Constitution protects the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Blackburn currently sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee despite being totally unqualified to be there. The committee is currently holding hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of the most qualified nominees for the high court ever put forward.

And as the conservative majority on the high court prepares to issue a ruling that will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, which has protected a woman’s right to choose an abortion since 1973, Blackburn took to Twitter to attack abortion rights and mixed up the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence in the process.

Again, that line is the beginning of the Declaration of Independence, a document that has no legal basis beyond declaring American separation from Great Britain in 1776. The Constitution, on the other hand, is the foundation of our legal system.

And while the Constitution does not specifically list abortion as a right, parts of it do protect due process and privacy. In other words, women have the right to make decisions about their bodies and do so in privacy with their own doctors without government interference.

Twitter users torched Blackburn’s stupidity.

The Republican Party and the current Supreme Court are both corrupt institutions that need to be reformed. Because if people like Blackburn have their way, the Constitution would be overthrown in favor of authoritarianism.

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