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SCOTUS abortion leak reveals threats to queer rights too

Olivier Douliery

How greatly are LGBTQ civil liberties threatened by abortion cases now before the conservative-heavy U.S. Supreme Court? Federal courts journalist Lisa Keen told host Christopher Beale the leaked draft opinion, by Justice Samuel Alito, is “shocking” on many levels.

The draft shows that the majority is planning to go to an extreme,” Keen said. “They're prepared to allow states to ban abortion at any point in a pregnancy and ignore any concern for the mother's life or well-being.”

Especially alarming for LGBTQ people in the leaked draft is language saying courts should generally defer to state legislatures, said Keen, which are “growing more and more extreme.”

Lisa Keen is national politics and legal affairs correspondent for the Bay Area Reporter and other LGBTQ publications nationwide. Seeher article on “the leak” and her other reporting on her site,keennewsservice.com.

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Eric Jansen is a long-time broadcaster and print journalist. A former news anchor, producer and reporter at KQED FM, San Francisco; KLIV AM, San Jose; and Minnesota Public Radio, Eric's award-winning reports have been heard on many NPR programs and PRI's Marketplace. His print work has been in The Mercury News, The Business Journal, and LGBTQ magazines Genre and The Advocate, among other publications. He co-produced the June 2007 PBS documentary Why We Sing!, about LGBTQ choruses and their role in the civil rights fight.
Christopher J. Beale is an independent radio host, producer, and journalist living in San Francisco.