Today the Supreme Court, once a fair and non-partisan branch of our federal government, is hearing a case to decide whether to uphold the recent Mississippi law banning abortions. The general consensus is that the Court will, either in this case or the next one, do significant damage to Roe v Wade, if not completely overturn the 1973 decision that gave women the right to control their own bodies.
Make no mistake … this is NOT simply about abortion, about the fate of a fetus that might or might not otherwise become a human. No, people, this is about women’s rights, about where women stand in the grand scheme of this country. Make no mistake – the United States is still very much a man’s world where men, regardless of how corrupt, how cruel, how ignorant they are, are revered over women, considered somehow ‘superior’ to women by the majority of people. Don’t believe me? Look at the U.S. Congress and tell me how many women you see there? 144 women hold seats in the U.S. Congress, just under 27%, while women comprise more than 50% of the total population of the country. Also notable is the disparity between parties … 105 of those 144 women are Democrats, while the other 39 are Republicans. And frankly, among the Republican women in Congress are the likes of Margie Greene and Lauren Boebert … radical conspiracy theorists who are not in any way representative of women in this nation.
What’s next in the fight for women’s rights? Will they take our right to vote? To own property? To divorce our husbands? Women in this nation have had to fight tooth-and-nail for every single right we have, and now, thanks to the bigotry of the former guy and his court appointees, we stand to lose, stand to be shoved back into the dark ages of the nation’s history. If the bigots have their way, a young girl raped by her father or an uncle will be forced to give birth to a baby, her life forever changed, forever damaged. Thousands of unwanted children will be born into households where they stand no chance of a normal life, where food is scarce, where parents are ill-prepared to cope with another mouth to feed.
Given the current structure of the Supreme Court, I no longer hold out any hope for justice, for equality, for human rights to win the day. The Court today is merely an extension of the Republican Party, the minority party and the radical religious right. Separation of church and state is destined to become a tenet of the past as the Court supports the bigotry that is ingrained in the evangelical doctrine. Sadly, women’s rights are not the only ones on the chopping block, but also LGBT rights and voting rights stand to take a knife in the back under today’s Court.
There is only one possible means of overcoming the radical right majority currently in the Supreme Court and possibly salvaging the third branch of the federal government, and that is for President Biden to add seats to the Court. This is not as simple nor as straightforward as some would have us believe, but it may well be the last best hope this nation has of salvaging its democratic principles. Without the checks and balances on the power of any one branch of the federal government, we are destined to become a nation ruled by religious bigotry, by men more interested in their own power and wealth than the well-being of the citizens of the nation. I don’t know about you, but that is not a nation I would be proud to call home. Think about it.