Powerful Religions Need Their Secular Power Eliminated With Women Leading The Charge

By Donald A. Collins | 5 March 2020
Church and State

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Two columns in the March 4, 2020 edition of the Wall Street Journal argue for more restrictions on abortion providers.

You can access them here:
The OB-GYNs Who Play Politics With Women’s Lives
Not About Roe v. Wade

Bad stuff in these two WSJ pieces, the second one noted above is an editorial and the first an article by Christina Francis against the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG brief to the Supreme Court about the June Medical Services vs Russo case in March 4 issue!

As the Founding Chair and President of Ipas in 1971, a brave NGO which has always worked to provide safe early abortion opportunities for women worldwide, I am of course saddened by such devious attempts to inflict hardship on poor, young often minority women by the repressive Roman Catholic hierarchy, but after Roe vs Wade which was adjudicated in January 1973 one would think the record of safety and access would validate the long standing legal concept of stare decisis!

Looking back at my 89 years of life, I join Warren Buffett in declaring that as a white male of that generation I definitely won the ovarian lottery!

But since then—certainly since 1971—female progress in every leadership category in the developed world governments has narrowed that natal advantage greatly. Women have achieved many top posts and I predict will become President of the US in the lifetimes of my children.

Verities are coming starkly clearer in our analysis of the now prominent ideological bugaboos which are extant in today’s world affairs and often appear as likely events in media headlines!

One Primary example: the perceived threat of nuclear war. Most experts feel that is now in actuality completely obsolete because the massive losses of such an exchange make it unfeasible!

Another verity is the now widely perceived growing danger of global warming which will soon unseat any major leaders who ignore taking major reasonable and timely measures to reduce it.

And how about Covid-19? That example offers us a chance to act like we on Planet Earth are now in the same boat, which in fact we are!

One verity still ignored is the basic fact that population growth from 2 billion in 1931 to almost 8 billion to today en route to 11 billion is the underlying cause of so many of our planetary ills.

A final verity that the daily news makes so clear among growing numbers of all world citizens: That all religions offer mythologies which can only bring increased world conflict and larger and wider disasters to more and more believers and non-believers!

My recent op ed on this topic argues that most powerful faiths when offering their pet spiritual nostrums are simultaneously avidly seeking the political power to enforce their often bizarre rules on others of different opinions such as the deists who were in the majority when our US Constitution was adopted.


I believe that our planetary salvation will rest on our ability to reach a peaceful secular consensus on human behavior tempered by the growing data we have now on the road to our continued survival.

That makes the defrocking of religious power the primary job of future generations. If we fail to do that the results will be disastrous.

Caveat: In no way does accomplishing that task eliminate the scourge of evils such as dictatorships like Hitler wrought or as Chi or Kim now preside over, but at least these are secular ills which do offer tangible resolutions.

So primary among the tasks of hard charging women now will be to make equality a reality by eliminating the power differences with men and that includes putting down religious mythology and the power it vests today in man. Women already must realize that sending their young male children off to endless wars fostered by male ego must be curtailed. That goal applies equally to any form of government headed by Trump or Chi.


John Seager, the President and CEO of Population Connection, wrote me this gripping bit of family history:

Please allow me to share a story about one young woman who led the way.

On New Year’s Day 1853 there was a fire in Brooklyn. A school burned to the ground. Before the ashes were cold, a young widow named Harriet Putnam Packer stepped forward and offered the then extraordinary sum of $65,000 to build a new school. She wanted make sure that girls could learn subjects such as math and science, which was far from the norm. She did request that the school be named after her late husband, William Satterlee Packer. It was and stands to this day, now as a coed prep school, Packer Collegiate Institute.

Her gift apparently represented the largest donation to that time in American history to fund women’s education. Few women in that era controlled significant funds.

I have an excessively long name: John William Packer Seager. Harriet Putnam Packer was my great great grandmother.

I’m looking forward to sharing this story with our two grandchildren, Samantha (6) and Caroline (2), at the right time in the hope that they, too, will find ways to pay it forward.

Any change as great as getting women equality will take a lot more time, but is the key track to world survival!!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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