Those of you who’ve read this blog for a while, know that I think the Supreme Court made a horrid decision in overturning Roe v Wade and further that that decision was fueled by party politics and religious beliefs rather than a serious and objective analysis of the laws and Constitution.
This decision will unleash a firestorm of tyranny tantamount to the subjugation of women to the point that they will become second-class citizens in more ways than they already are. If the Justices had considered the entire scope of problems that can and will stem from their decision, they could have easily modified Roe within the scope of women’s liberty rights and equality rights and in a way that would block the following:
- Contraception methods that can be construed as harming a real or imagined fetus will be banned, including the morning-after pill, if the law states that life begins at conception even though science cannot pinpoint when that moment is until long after the fact.
- Pregnancies will be registered and tracked to ensure that if they aren’t carried full term to a viable birth, women will face prosecution for miscarriages, or activities that could have harmed the fetus.
- Doctors will be supplied with a list of medications and procedures that might remotely jeopardize a fetus and will be admonished under the threat of sanctions to withhold these from pregnant or potentially pregnant women.
- The birth rate will go down as more and more women balk at the government oversite into their lives and medical care.
- Suicides and illegal abortions will rise when women have no alternative, due to the law, to carrying pregnancies caused by rape and incest to term and further allowing, by law, the rapists’ parental rights.
- Freedom of speech will be curtailed on subjects related to the above because those speaking out will be considered to be advocating ways around these draconian results.
- Needless to say, the poor will suffer the greatest injustice because they will not be able to afford to travel to alternative jurisdictions, especially if pregnant women are prohibited from traveling either because such travel might harm a fetus and/or end up in a state allowing abortions.
Some of these things have already happened.
P.S. This will be my last post about this subject because people whom I love and respect are on the other side of the debate. I cannot in good conscience oppose them in public forums.
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Even though people are on the other side of the debate, that won’t protect them when tyranny is unleashed. Doctors who refuse to treat a miscarriage for fear of being accused of aborting the fetus won’t ask the pregnant person if they are pro-life. If the government intrudes into a pregnant person’s life, it won’t ask if the person is pro-life. If a pregnant person needs drugs but is denied them because it might harm the fetus, the doctor or pharmacist won’t ask if they are pro-life. All fertile women will be treated the same — as second-class citizens or maybe third-class since the fetus will have more rights than they have.
Well said, Pat.
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