When I graduated from college, I wore a button (among many, much to the consternation of my parents) that had a coat hanger in a red circle with a slash. After all, it was only ten years since Roe v. Wade, and abortion rights seemed tenuous. I could easily see us slip into the dark ages where people did not have the autonomy to determine when they would have children.

Same-sex marriage, on the other hand, seemed a pipe dream. After all, sodomy was illegal in many states. Homosexuals were targeted by the “Silent Majority.” No, marriage between people of the same sex was not going to happen in my lifetime.

So here we are. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. (Although for how long, God only knows with this Supreme Court.) Abortion, on the other hand, appears on the edge of disappearing, at least for most people. Who knows how many people are going to die — either from botched illegal abortions or from pregnancies that endanger people’s lives but which they are prevented from terminating. Time to hunt down my button again.

I am grieving.

I am grieving something else. Since its founding, the Supreme Court seemed like a bedrock of democracy. Yes, it sometimes swayed with political winds, but for the most part, it was far less partisan than either of the two other branches of government. That’s gone now.

May God help us all.

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