As every American knows, the U.S. Supreme court reversed Roe v. Wade and cleared the way for states to ban abortion if they want. I won’t bore you with a rehash of the details. This decision was engineered by right-wing republicans diligently working for fifty years to pack the court with ultra-conservatives.
I normally wouldn’t comment on political matters, but this reversal of a decision that granted a basic human right to women is too much to bear. When the United States won its freedom from England, each colony was autonomous. The original federation continued this notion. The Federal government has limited power governed by the constitution. The Trump Supreme Court decided that the consitution didn’t grant the federal government the right to legislate abortion. It said that a previous Court was in error when it decided Roe v Wade.
Whether or not you agree with the decision, you have to see that this decision is intruding into the private lives of citizens. Religious rhetoric aside, abortion is a medical procedure. It has been practiced for over a thousand years. Religious nuts have been debating when a life begins. Some say it begins as soon as an egg is fertilized. Others believe it begins when a heartbeat is detected. There is no good answer to this. Reasonable people agree that at some point in a pregnancy the fetus is viable. It can live outside of the mother’s body. Is this when a pregnancy must be allowed to end in a birth? What if a medical condition is detected in the fetus that will cause it to have a horrible disease?
I’m not really going there. My point is that debating viability isn’t productive. Roe v Wade had a dramatic effect on our country. Twenty years after the decision, crime went way down in our cities. By giving poor people access to abortion, they had the ability to decide if they wanted to have children. Women who wanted children had them. They were far more likely to provide good parenting than those who accidently got pregnant and couldn’t terminate.
I believe that every woman has the right to decide whether or not she has a child. Birth control failure, ignorance, or rape makes it necessary for some method of terminating unwanted pregnancy. The vast majority are terminated well before twenty weeks.
Anyway, I’m apalled that in this day and age two corrupt politicians (Trump and McConnell) could pack the Supreme Court with dishonest cronies who have begun an assault on American freedom. This is only the first step. Next, expect birth control to fall. If the corrupt Trump runs in 2024 and loses, expect the fake court to invalidate the election. It happened once with Florida and George HW Bush.
This decision isn’t just an assult on personal freedom, it’s the opening shot in a war that will almost certainly end American democracy.