Alabama Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Will Boyd sees this year's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision as having a more wide-reaching impact on long-settled customs beyond abortion and 1972's Roe v. Wade ruling.
Earlier in the U.S. Senate election cycle, during an interview with the Trussville Tribune's Scott Buttram, Boyd vowed he was "pro-life" but discussed the possibility of the high court's decision to shift power back to the states could threaten contraception, marriage equality and racial equality.
Boyd mentioned 1954's Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared state laws establishing segregation in public schools as unconstitutional, as well.
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"[Y]ou're also dealing with contraception," Boyd said. "You're dealing with, at some point in time, marriage equality for some, interracial marriages being, you know, valid or not. And let's face it, even for a person like myself, you're getting down to Brown v. Board of Education, you know, whether or not I can sit at a table in certain places. So, this is why I think people are concerned.
"I don't hear people, and it's probably going to make some people mad, but I don't hear people every day talking about Roe v. Wade. I hear people saying I feel like my rights are being taken away. So that's the bigger, overarching issue. You know, think about this: We've lived through people saying you have to stand and not kneel during the national anthem. We've heard people say that 'I don't want you to tell me that I need to take a vaccine. I want to be able to decide on my own if I can take it. But I don't want you to be or to decide whether or not, you know, you can actually have some health care procedure done to your body.' I think people see a hypocrisy there, and that's the best issue."
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