If you have a young daughter, I sympathize with you today. She may well be one of the first American women to enjoy fewer rights than mothers and grandmothers. If you are a woman living in a red state, you will have fewer rights than a woman in a blue state.
Unless you’re one of those nasty guys who refuse to stop yelling at the Mets on Twitter so much as to notice the final nail in the coffin of women’s rights (always, always have a photo of their daughter hold in their avatars), you may have heard news that Politico obtained a leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion dated February 10 that allegedly Overturn Roe v. Wade, laws have been enacted in this country since before I was born. I, like most women in Gen X and everyone since, have never seen a world without Roe. In our lifetimes, we have also never seen the Supreme Court strip rights that the courts previously thought were fundamental.
Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that it’s not just women who will be hurt by this ruling. Trans men and non-binary people are also pregnant and should have a choice.
Predictably, there was a lot of “crying for it, freedom” on social media last night, as the horror and devastation of what Roy’s absence would mean for women in America was mired in it. Also, predictably, those who so gleefully mock women on Twitter and elsewhere have no idea why it’s so dangerous to push Roe down, not just for women, but for everyone.
We are currently under the control of a minority government that is far from where most Americans are, at least when it comes to abortion. A 2021 Pew Research Center poll found that, Nearly 60% of Americans Support abortion rights in all or most circumstances. Alas, a one-term president who did not win the popular vote managed to appoint three Supreme Court justices, all of whom reportedly voted to overturn Roe along with Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the alleged leaked draft. Essentially, it’s a vote that brings women back to the days of coat hangers, knitting needles, bleach catheters, and low-fee, no-question back alley butchers.
Right now, there are many “anti-abortion” candidates running for some of the top jobs in our democracy, even though we should really call them “fertilizers” who, for one reason or the other, feel they have the right to decide their fellow Americans what can be done with their bodies. One such candidate is former running back Herschel Walker, who is currently running for the Georgia Senate seat. Last month, despite not being able to say much coherently on any issue, Walker Lock Support From the National Commission on Rights to Life, the largest forced birth organization in the United States. “I can’t understand how anyone with a conscience could proudly support abortion,” Walker said on the campaign trail.
so what? Some of you will no doubt say. Why should I care what Herschel Walker thinks about abortion? First, let me assure you that you know and fall in love with someone who has an abortion. You probably know it by now, and they may never talk about it, but you know. If, you know, a woman’s bodily autonomy doesn’t impress you, maybe the people around you have some common sense of humanity. Second, polls show Walker running neck and neck with incumbent Democrat Rafael Warnock in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
But what many Americans don’t understand is that Roe isn’t just about abortion. This is part of the Supreme Court’s “Privacy Basket” case based on the implied right to privacy that the 14th Amendment word “liberty” gives us all. Other cases based on the same decision include Loving v. Virginia (1967), which upheld the right of Americans of different races to marry. Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which gave married couples the right to use birth control at their own discretion without state interference (Griswold later expanded to include unmarried couples). Lawrence v. Texas (2003), repealing state sodomy laws designed to criminalize same-sex…sexual conduct. More recently, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) found that the Constitution protects the right to marry a same-sex couple.
Here’s what Justice Alito had to say about Roe in the leaked draft opinion:
“Roy was horribly wrong from the start. Its reasoning was very weak, and the decision had devastating consequences. Rather than contributing to a nationwide resolution to abortion, Roy and Casey fueled debate and deepened divisions. “
(Casey was referring to Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, a 1992 case that sided with Roe but provided us with feasibility standards that further blur the abortion debate.)
So if Roe’s reasoning that the 14th Amendment guarantees a woman’s right to privacy in deciding whether to conceive to term is wrong, then so are all other cases that depend on privacy. wrongly decided. It doesn’t end with Luo.
Think I’m exaggerating?We already have an MP, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) says He thinks love is the wrong decision Should be left to the states. If it’s not very clear, let me paraphrase. A U.S. senator said in 2022 that the issue of interracial marriage should be left to the states. After the apparent public outcry, Braun tried to pull off his shocking counterattack, but I can’t help but think he gave us a glimpse of what white people are whispering about when there’s no one else around. During Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing, Senator Martha Blackburn (R-TN), Said she thought the decision by Griswold, who supported birth control rights, was wrong and “constitutionally unsound”. At the same hearing, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) Said he felt the Supreme Court wrongly intervened in legalizing same-sex marriage.
Does it sound hysterical to say that in the near future, we might live in an America where people in red states don’t have access to birth control or same-sex marriage? sure. The same goes for living in a world without roe, multiple men assured me for decades, until last night.
Just this morning, The Washington Post reported that Republicans expected to push for nationwide ban Abortion if Roe falls.
If a group of women in their seventies had the ultimate say in what their bodies can and cannot do, most men (dare I say every man?) would be screaming at the rafters. For women, these men were there from the beginning. They are constantly overseeing our anatomy, thinking we need their firm and guiding hand, when we can have children and when we can’t, how we can stop having children, who we can marry, and even who we are allowed to call ourselves a woman. Herschel Walker is one of them. There are many others, and many more to blame, but this is a sports venue, and he’s a former athlete in the forced birth movement.
As a nation, we can’t afford more men who want to control women’s bodies. Nor will we survive what comes after.