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Law’s Ayesha Bell Hardaway discussed statements by Patrick Fischer likening abortion debate to slavery

Patrick Fischer, Ohio Supreme Court justice seeking reelection, compares Roe v. Wade to Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson Ayesha Bell Hardaway, associate professor of law and co-director of the Social Justice Institute, discussed statements made by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer, who drew comparisons between slavery and the abortion debate. “Ronald Regan did it in 1984,” she said. “It’s gotten a lot of play in Republican politics for quite some time. Obviously (U.S. Supreme Court) Justice (Clarence) Thomas has picked on pieces of it in all of his dissents before Dobbs. It’s not a new thing.”