A lawyer who argued against the overturning of Roe V. Wade at the Supreme Court said that all ‘liberty rights’ are connected — and now deeply under threat

Seated from left: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left: Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.

Alexia Korberg was one of the lawyers who argued against the repeal of Roe v. Wade at the SCOTUS.
Korberg said that the “devastating” decision could spell trouble for all other legally protected rights.
In his opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas called for same-sex marriage to be “reconsidered.”

One of the lawyers who litigated Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization before the Supreme Court told Insider that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday could set up a catastrophic backsliding of fundamental liberty rights.

Supreme Court justices voted 5-4 on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, in a majority opinion supported by conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

The core of the challenge to abortion rights that had been codified for 50 years was a Mississippi law that aimed to ban abortion after 15 weeks – which is stricter than the 24-week standard set by Roe v. Wade.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Alito wrote in the opinion.

Clarence Thomas alluded that rulings dealing with access to contraception and same-sex marriage should be “reconsidered” in his opinion.

Alexia Korberg, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, was one of the lawyers who pushed hard against the repeal of abortion rights on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. They were also involved in United States v. Windsor, successfully suing the government and winning one of the most consequential supreme court decisions which helped lead to the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.

They told Insider that they are now worried about a further repeal of liberty rights — or rights that then make certain actions permissible, like abortion — which is the exact reality that Thomas described in his opinion.

Thank you for taking the time to chat on this day. Can you describe to me the depth of you and your clients’ reactions to today’s SCOTUS decision?

Although I’ve spoken to our clients, I can’t begin to imagine or articulate how the people who risk their lives every single day to provide abortion care are feeling knowing that so many pregnant people will no longer be able to access this critical healthcare and exert …read more

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NBA Champion Wing ‘Almost Surely’ Won’t Join Sixers: Report

The Philadelphia 76ers appear to be out of the running for veteran wing P.J. Tucker. The one-time champion plans to enter free agency instead of picking up his $7.4 million player option in Miami. He was thought to be high on the Sixers’ radar.

Hold that thought. According to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times, Tucker is “almost surely” not coming to Philadelphia. A source told Moore that the Sixers won’t make a trade to trim salary to use on the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. The standard mid-level exception is estimated at $10.3 million, per Hoops Rumors.

That would have given the over-the-cap Sixers a chance to sign Tucker without exceeding the luxury tax threshold. Reports indicated the team was ready to hand Tucker a three-year deal worth $30 million. Which is no longer an option.

#NBA source: The #Sixers “aren’t trading to trim salary to use on non-taxpayer MLE,” which means potential free agent forward P.J. Tucker almost surely won’t become a 76er.

— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) June 24, 2022

There is a path to signing the 37-year-old Tucker to a $32 million deal, but it involves trading Matisse Thybulle ($4.4 million) and Furkan Korkmaz ($5 million). The Sixers would likely have to pair those players with “a second-rounder for a highly protected second-round pick to a team under the cap,” per Moore.

That would allow the Sixers to move under the $147 million tax line, sign Tucker and remain below the $155.7 million luxury tax apron that’s required if they use the non-taxpayer mid-level exception While the Heat can only go as high as $26 million over three years for Tucker, who shot .415 on 3-pointers last season, an NBA source said the Sixers “aren’t trading to trim salary to use on non-taxpayer MLE,” so Tucker almost surely won’t become a 76er.

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Ex-Georgetown Wing Signed to Exhibit 10 Contract

The Sixers reached an agreement with Aminu Mohammed after he went undrafted on Thursday night. The 6-foot-5 wing player signed an Exhibit 10 contract, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. That means he gets an …read more

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Repressive state laws and the overturning of Roe v. Wade are causing a mass migration of abortion clinics and providers, providers say

Attendees hold up signs during a Texas Rally for Abortion Rights at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on May 7, 2022.

The founder of a network of abortion clinics is already seeing more people crossing state lines for abortions.
Amy Hagstrom Miller said that hundreds of appointments had to be canceled at their Texas clinics.
She added they are now helping others figure out how to seek abortion care outside of banned states.

Abortion laws in states like Texas and the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade have prompted a mass migration of patients seeking abortion care.

The court’s decision set into motion countless journeys to other states with better access to the procedure. For some, the decision to travel elsewhere was immediate.

“Today we had to call hundreds of patients and cancel their appointments,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder of a network of abortion clinics said on a press call on Friday. “Already, thousands of patients have been forced to migrate outside of the state.” 

“People whose first flight, first hotel stay is in the context of an abortion,” she said. “We’ve been teaching people how to fly and go through security, and order an uber for the first time in their lives.”

Miller founded the network of clinics in 2003. They provided abortion care in Texas, Virginia, Minnesota, and Maryland, and Indiana, as well as abortion medication and telemedicine services in Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Virginia. But as of Friday, Miller said that “to protect our clients and to protect our staff, we have ceased providing abortion care in Texas today.” 

Miller said that with SB8, a criminal ban on abortions in Texas, and a “trigger” law that will ban abortion after the SCOTUS decision, Texas patients have no options in their home state. At least thirteen states had trigger laws that will ban abortions following the SCOTUS decision.

“We have had so many patients denied abortion since SB-8,” Miller said. 

Experts told Insider that the costs to pursue an abortion in a state where it is not banned could cost up to $10,000, factoring in airfare, gas, car rentals, childcare, petcare, food, hotels, and unpaid time off of work.

Physicians and medical staff are on the move, too. Miller told reporters that the organization has also moved resources to re-open clinics in Minnesota and Maryland, adding staff and physicians in those locations, looking to “expand brick …read more

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