Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court voted to take away a substantial portion of the rights of women when they voted in private to strike down the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision. We all saw it coming, but I think we all had our fingers tightly crossed that the Court wouldn’t opt to go down this perilous path. That hope is gone. What’s next? Will we lose our right to “equal pay for equal work”? Will our voting rights be further restricted (working women are already among the groups for whom voting has been made significantly more difficult)? Will the Court ultimately also strike down Obergefell v Hodges and take away the rights of same-sex couples to marry? Just how far is this ignominious Supreme Court willing to push We the People? And perhaps the bigger question is … how far will we allow them to push us before we push back? It’s only a matter of time, my friends … only a matter of time.
One line of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft of the decision reads …
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start …”
Ah yes … anything that allows a woman to have a degree of control over the path her life takes must be considered ‘egregious’, for we all know that Alito and his ilk still believe women to be the inferior gender, unable or incapable of rational thought, of logical decision-making even when it comes to her own body.
My suggestion to all the women in this nation is unless you actively want to get pregnant, make your guys have a vasectomy, else lock the bedroom door and tell him to sleep on the sofa. Yes, I am serious! Sex might be fun for both parties, but then we women are left to pay the price for the rest of our lives!
And don’t let those pseudo-Christian evangelicals who fought so hard to make this happen fool you with their “right to life” spiel! It’s a damn lie. They claim they are concerned because the fetus might have a chance to become a living, breathing human being. But you know what happens once the woman gives birth to that little human being? Those “right-to-life” people disappear. The mother needs financial help because the sire has disappeared, but where are the “right-to-lifers”? They bitch and moan about people on welfare and how a few of their measly tax dollars are helping to support single mothers AND those children they were so concerned about back when they were a fetus! Where is their concern for those little living, breathing human beings now?
And when that little child grows up, graduates from high school with good grades, and wishes to go to college … where are the “right-to-life” folk? They are busy complaining that some of their tax dollars might go to help pay for his/her education!
Meanwhile, back on the ranch, the sire has moved on, has a continuing prescription for Viagra so that he can go impregnate still more women without accepting either responsibility or consequence. And the mother? Well, she has been working two, sometimes three minimum-wage jobs to try to provide the best possible life for that child and has had zero opportunity to improve her own lot in life.
Or maybe, since mom was so busy trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, the youngster didn’t have enough parental supervision, fell in with the wrong crowd, got into drugs and either died of an overdose or else ended up in prison. Right to life, did you say? Define life? Is it simply breathing and having a heartbeat, or is there something about ‘quality of life’?
Or consider the very likely alternative in some cases … back alley abortions will resume and I’d buy stock in wire coat hangers today, for no doubt there will be a run on them soon. Women will die or be permanently damaged … what was that about “right to life”?
This decision by the Court is the last bit of evidence we needed that the Court has been taken over by partisans … right-wing partisans to be specific. The three Justices who were appointed under the previous administration were cleverly chosen for both their bigotry and their relative youth, meaning each of the three could conceivably serve for several decades. Although I have not been in favour of it in the past, I think the time has come to expand the Supreme Court, to level the playing field, to ensure a return to JUSTICE instead of a pandering to the religious fanatics and bigots in the nation.
As it stands now, “Liberty and Justice” for all is a farce … liberty and justice are only for white, straight males. R.I.P. America … it was nice knowing you, however briefly.