Happy Monday!

Back in the early 2000s, I had a blog that few people read. It was more of a public diary. Nevertheless, I posted daily round-ups of the articles and media I had digested each day. No one needs to know what I read every day, but I saw some great stuff this weekend that I really recommend.

First, an exhaustive or even superficial post on the Supreme Court’s anticipated move to overturn Roe v. Wade is beyond my bandwidth. Also, full-disclosure: Justice Alito—though I never agree with him—is one of my favorite writers on the Court. So, if you’re looking for a well-researched, engaging, and informative piece about the gravity of his newest opinion, here is some essential reporting from Celia Nowell about what’s at stake for women who experience miscarriages in a world after Roe v. Wade:

Between 1973 and 2005, NAPW [The National Advocates for Pregnant Woman] identified 413 cases in which a person was punished for allegedly harming the health of their fetus, including self-inducing an abortion. But in the last 15 years, the organization identified 1,254 cases—and that’s almost certainly an undercount. The majority of cases involve low income women and women of color: According to NAPW’s pre-2005 data, 71 percent of the women couldn’t afford lawyers and, of the 368 women for whom information on race was available, 59 percent were women of color. […]

“Laws that explicitly prohibit criminalization on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes are critical,” says [Dana Sussman, deputy executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women]. “Without the protections enshrined in Roe, there will be little preventing prosecutors from criminalizing pregnancy in states without such protections.”

Also new this week, which I did not get around to reading about until today, is the Department of the Interior’s memorandum about the agency’s investigation into boarding schools it used to assimilate and murder indigenous children. The report represents the first time the Department has documented the schools’ history, which resulted in the deaths of over 500 children:

The Federal Indian boarding school system deployed systematic militarized and identity-alteration methodologies to attempt to assimilate American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children through education, including but not limited to the following: (1) renaming Indian children from Indian to English names; (2) cutting hair of Indian children; (3) discouraging or preventing the use of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian languages, religions, and cultural practices; and (4) organizing Indian and Native Hawaiian children into units to perform military drills.

Ciricahua Apaches at the Carlisle Indian School, Penna., 188-?: as they looked upon arrival at the School. [Photograph]. (1885 or 1886). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C..

The agency’s 106-page report is actually much shorter than it sounds, based on formatting decisions, but luckily the good people at Democracy Now! covered the report and why it matters last Friday, which can also be heard on the program’s podcast.

Finally, Saturday Night Live has covered Depp v. Heard, a favorite topic of mine. The skit is not very inspired (does anyone think Kenan Thompson is funny?), but it does make fun of the judge for admitting evidence based on whether she finds it entertaining. This joke is valid. Her rulings are as random as a coin flip. The skit also points out Johnny Depp’s incessant smirking, which I agree is totally inappropriate and suspect! I have also spent some time this weekend listening to other podcasts covering this trial and they’re all bad. For good coverage of this trial from actual funny people, please follow our podcast.