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.
The Constitution grants us rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – not abortions.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) March 23, 2022
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.
That’s the Declaration of Independence you bag of hair.
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) March 24, 2022
The Constitution doesn’t grant rights to the government to force women to give birth either.
— 💀 Scary Larry 💀 🌻🇺🇦🌊✊🏻🗽🇺🇸 (@StompTheGOP) March 24, 2022
1. That’s from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, Einstein.
2. You’re on the Judiciary Committee. You should know this.
3. You violated your oath to the Constitution when you voted against impeachment, but at least read the document. pic.twitter.com/uoDkasCZYt
— Dean Gloster (@deangloster) March 24, 2022
Uh, Marsha…the pursuit of happiness includes being able to make medical decisions for yourself and to have the life you wish, with liberty.
If you don’t understand that, you shouldn’t be in our government. You should be at Mickey D’s.
— Liberty & Justice for All (@NotSoProudYank) March 24, 2022
Kentanji Brown Jackson, Harvard Law, J.D. 2nd ranked law school in the nation.
Marsha Blackburn, B.A. in Home Economics. Mississippi State University. 198th ranked university in the nation.
— Grey_Obelisk (@Grey_Obelisk) March 23, 2022
.@MarshaBlackburn, I will fix this for you.
“The Constitution grants us rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness:” – unless you are shot & killed because of people like Marsha Blackburn. My LIVING daughter once had rights to life, liberty, & pursuit of happiness.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 24, 2022
Ok, let’s review the first one…life. Please review the medical literature to find out how many women survive an ectopic pregnancy without surgical removal. While you are there, how many blastocysts removed from the Fallopian tube are successfully transplanted to a uterus.
— Carlene Brown 🇺🇸 🆘 🌊 (@truenorthpoint) March 24, 2022
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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