US Women’s Abortion Rights Takes A Taliban Like Turn!

By Donald A. Collins | 2 September 2021
Church and State

A controversial Texas law that bars abortions at six weeks went into effect after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court failed to rule on pending emergency requests brought by abortion providers. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

Several years ago I had pleasure of meeting Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and complimenting him on his reply when asked about his view of abortion as he was being interrogated by that Congressional committee 27 years ago. He said, “That’s settled law.”

Roe vs Wade was decided in January 1973 and enabled women—even after a decision in a later case (Casey) modified choice —to receive safe abortions up to the time of viability in the 23rd week of pregnancy.

The right of choice for all women to exercise control over their own bodies was dramatically argued by leaders of every religion in a 1990 film you can view on this web site entitled Whose Choice?

The brave young lawyer, Sarah Ragle Weddington,who argued the case 43 yeas ago before the Supreme Court also opines on the issue on this film.

Thus, the decision of the Texas court, which you can read about here, poses calamitous restrictions on this “settled law”.

We can abhor and fear the likely moral failure of the US Supreme Court to immediately rule against the religious fanaticism which allowed this obscene law to activate the dangerous invasion of personal privacy.

The sick and stumbling GOP will hopefully pay a big political price for Trump’s “victory” in the midterm elections, as more and more women realize the enormity of their loss of freedom.

Pro Choice advocates have already opined that the Supreme Court will vote to kill Roe, thus bringing to fulfillment of Donald Trump promise.

Here are a couple of opinions you can read:

The irony of this philandering boor claiming righteously that he is saving fetal lives sickens anyone who has seen the heartbreaking trauma of women unable to exercise a secular society not to be legislated to by religious radicals.

President Biden, a liberal Catholic, has evolved in his opposition to abortion over the years. He is now solidly in the main stream of opinion in rebuking that extreme Texas law which sets a precedent for many other states to do similar legislation. You can read his reaction here.

Such frightening revulsion has come from most people everywhere for women and girls under the new Taliban regime. The US public strongly favors women’s rights to choose abortion. You can read the full story here.

Now the Texas law which went into effect September first abrogates the “settled law” Justice Breyer proclaimed at his confirmation hearing 27 years ago.

It is now up to Congress to immediately enact corrective legislation to return choice to women.

Should Breyer retire as you can read here, appointing another non zealot to the court will become imperative.

These religious extremists, like the Taliban who seek control oof the lives of women and girls, must be celebrating this dangerous abrogation of our precious democratic freedom which should predominate in a secular society.

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, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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