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Academics throw tantrums over Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade reversal

It should surprise nobody that one particular segment of the population to blow its stack at the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday … was academia.

Loyola University-Maryland’s Bahar Jalali, an expert on Afghanistan who founded the first-ever gender studies program in that country, tweeted that yesterday’s high court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization means “American Talibanism is here to stay.”

Ayesha Ray, a political science professor at King’s College, said the decision means gay marriage and even interracial marriage are “on the chopping block.”

Ray also said she would “hate to abuse a woman,” but those who agree with yesterday’s SCOTUS decision are “testing her limits” (and used Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as an example).


The University of Miami’s Mary Anne Franks, who holds rather unique views of both the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, claimed the SCOTUS majority “was careful not to cite” the real basis of the Dobbs decision: an almost-century-old case where it had approved forced sterilization.

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Bard College visiting professor Thomas Chatterton Williams tweeted out he is happy that his kids have two passports — because Friday was a reminder that “at any time a given country can roll back your rights.”

Respondents to Williams’ comments pointed out that 1) a person doesn’t need a passport to travel between U.S. states (as the SCOTUS decision doesn’t outlaw abortion but leaves it up to the individual states) and 2) the original Roe ruling made the U.S. an “outlier” compared to European countries as it forbade restrictions on the procedure that many of those countries maintain even today.

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine dean Vinny Arora said she was “devastated” by the Dobbs decision and added (without irony) that she will not “pretend it’s OK” as “we are all only human.”

Eli Erlick, a PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz and co-founder of Trans Student Educational Resources, tweeted out “Supreme Court assassination challenge.” (Unsurprisingly, Erlick’s tweets are now protected.)

Anti-racism guru Ibram X. Kendi chimed in as well, claiming the Dobbs decision “rushes the nation toward an abyss where we have no civil or human rights.”

When women don’t have the right to make reproductive choices about their own bodies, we lose a foundational right. When we lose foundational rights, all rights are threatened.

When all rights are threatened, low income women of color usually bear the brunt of it. And they will with this ruling. There is no separating the sexist and racist and classist aspects of this ruling.

There is no separating this ruling from a larger effort to crush our centuries of fighting for reproductive rights of women, for civil and human rights for us all.

The Court can crush Roe but it can not crush our resolve. This ruling has only inflamed our resolve.

And lastly, Rutgers’ own “Professor Crunk,” aka Brittney Cooper, referred to Justice Clarence Thomas as “this FUCKER” and said the SCOTUS is “trying to break our souls.”


Cooper added “the word she feels is rage,” and that one of her two (alleged) remaining “white evangelical friends” just came at her with “sanctimony.” She responded “Let me tell you who ain’t got the patience of Job ever and especially not today […] I said eff it and me and my girl rode out to the beach. I cannot with this day.”

MORE: ‘Morning in America’: Professors praise end of Roe v. Wade

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.