The Onion ruthlessly ridiculed the reactionary tilt of the United States Supreme Court after Friday’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The satirical outlet’s eight main stories on the homepage Friday were just headlines — in the same photo of current Supreme Court justices — that alluded to the court’s 5-4 vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established the American Constitution. right to abortion.
“Supreme Court votes 5-4 to throw a beer bottle at Slut,” said The main element of the Onion.
In other variations on this theme, The Onion reported that the court voted 5 to 4 for “Lock Nation’s Toddlers In Hot Cars”; “Drive slowly alongside a woman who comes home alone at night”; “Add Jesus in all the paintings”; “Make it illegal for women to deceive men with makeup”; “Baptizing the Constitution”; “Reclassifying women as service animals”; and “Reopen Japanese internment camps”.
The Onion’s vilification of the Conservative-majority court continued further down the page, with another headline titled “Supreme Court rules 5-4 to ride Stephen Breyer like a horse.” Judge Breyer was among four justices to vote against the overturning of Roe v. Wade, alongside Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Other brutal blows to the court included “Kavanaugh, Thomas Champion Creating a Brighter Future for the Next Generation of Rapists”; “Woman’s preventable death during childbirth upheld by Supreme Court 6-3 vote”; and “Nation forced to seek human rights from secret Supreme Court.”
Last month, The Onion staged a similar front-page takeover following the horrific shooting deaths of 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. On May 25, the site published 21 articles with the same headline — “’No way to stop it,’ says the only nation where it regularly happens” — and the same fake quotes it used for stories making following gun killings since 2014.
Even before the Supreme Court released the decision overturning Roe v. Wade, American confidence in the High Court hit a new 50-year low, according to opinion polling firm Gallup. Only 25% of American adults said they have “a lot” or “somewhat” confidence in the Supreme Court, down from 36% a year ago and five percentage points lower than the previous low in 2014. The most recent poll Gallup was conducted June 1-20 with a random sample of 1,015 American adults.
The Onion was founded in 1988. The site’s current owner is New York-based G/O Media, which was formed in 2019 after Univision sold Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion to private equity firm Great Hill Partners and G/O Media CEO Jim. spanfeller.