It’s been a strategy decades in the making. For years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic judicial shift to the right powered by Mitch McConnell’s shady Supreme Court pick maneuvering. And thanks to the leak, we’ve known this decision was coming for weeks. And yet, it’s arrival still lands like an epochal punch to gut. That’s how it feels when a slow motion plot carried about by the minority takes the country in a direction the majority doesn’t want to go. Sadly, this is not the end of a movement. Clarence Thomas already wrote that the Court “should reconsider” its past rulings on contraception access and same-sex marriage. The majority of Americans who see this as a giant step backwards need to pick themselves up of the canvas and start canvasing. This just went from a court issue to an election issue. And it’s going to take a lot of votes to undo because, in addition to the courts, gerrymandering and voter restriction are the pillars of minority rule. Meanwhile, Roe is dead and states across the country are banning abortion as you read this. Here’s the latest from NPR, WaPo, and the NYT.

+ Wired: “The national right to abortion pushed back the age of childbearing, increased college and workforce participation, and created economically stable families.” Roe Stood for 49 Years. It Revolutionized Life for Women.

+ Jia Tolentino in The New Yorker: We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe. We’re Going Somewhere Worse. “Support for abortion has never been higher, with more than two-thirds of Americans in favor of retaining Roe, and fifty-seven per cent affirming a woman’s right to abortion for any reason. Even so, there are Republican officials who have made it clear that they will attempt to pass a federal ban on abortion if and when they control both chambers of Congress and the Presidency. Anyone who can get pregnant must now face the reality that half of the country is in the hands of legislators who believe that your personhood and autonomy are conditional—who believe that, if you are impregnated by another person, under any circumstance, you have a legal and moral duty to undergo pregnancy, delivery, and, in all likelihood, two decades or more of caregiving, no matter the permanent and potentially devastating consequences for your body, your heart, your mind, your family, your ability to put food on the table, your plans, your aspirations, your life.” (The tragic election of 2016 was the earthquake that shook America to its core and the aftershocks just keep coming.)