In a Friday editorial defending Roe v. Wade, The New York Times implausibly suggested that Republican-led states would outlaw interracial marriage if they could.
WHAT THEY SAID
The Times editors began their nearly 1,500 word treatise — headlined “America Is Not Ready for the End of Roe v. Wade” — by asking readers to envision a terrifying reality in which the Supreme Court let states make their own laws.
- “Imagine that every state were free to choose whether to allow Black people and white people to marry,” they wrote. “Some states would permit such marriages; others probably wouldn’t. The laws would be a mishmash, and interracial couples would suffer, legally consigned to second-class status depending on where they lived.”
The point of the thought experiment: Critics of Roe v. Wade are wrong to argue that the 1973 ruling, which created a constitutional right to abortion, inappropriately took the issue out of the hands of voters at the state level.
- “The problem with this reasoning is that, as in [Loving v. Virginia, the 1963 Supreme Court ruling protecting interracial marriage], leaving the matter to individual states and the political process means that millions of Americans will be denied their fundamental rights — in this case, the right of women to decide what happens inside their own bodies,” the editors wrote.
- But the editors made clear they agree with the elite liberal consensus: Many Republican voters can’t be trusted with democracy.
FACT CHECK: Gallup found last year that a record-high 94% of Americans support marriage between black people and white people.