The Abortion Crisis Has An Obvious Easy Solution. Or A Needlessly Disruptive Mess

By Donald A. Collins | 8 October 2021
Church and State

A U.S. federal judge temporarily blocked the near-total ban on abortion in Texas, opening up a new phase in the legal battle over the country’s toughest abortion law yet. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

With the temporary hold on the abusive Texas Abortion law as the result of the action to do so by an Austin Texas Federal judge, we anxiously await the review by our ideologically unprincipled Supreme Court which mistakenly voted 5 to 4 to allow the Texas law to go into effect pending its review of a pending Mississippi case which would kill Roe. Read about the hold here.

A majority of Americans watch horrified at the dissolution of our democracy as shown by the behavior of the non-governing, obstructive GOP, whose main policy so far has been to block any efforts to solve our urgent problems offered by the Biden Administration.

Do we want to fix our ailing infrastructure, deal with climate change or find ways to help our neediest? Apparently not. At least most Democrats want to.

The Trump GOP apparently does not want to, as we find for example, the Republican candidate for Governor in Virginia, a rich former partner in The Carlyle Group, campaigning on “election integrity” with his implication, now totality dismissed by facts, the claim by Trump of election fraud. You can read about Youngkin’s apparent hypocrisy here.

When will these conservative types give up taking American voters as being stupid or uncaring? I guess they will have reason to continue until enough of their core backers give up being stupid about not getting vaccinated and endangering all of our lives.

But back to the SC consideration of abortion.

As Stephen Breyer said at his confirmation as an Associate Justice in 1994 “That’s settled law”.

The moral high ground of the Catholic position on abortion choice—which under our Constitution should be a completely secular medical matter not an ideological plaything—to force women to go back to unsafe backalley providers seems well undermined by the recent reported behavior of RC priests engaging in sexual abuse of children which you can read about here.

Should the SC kill Roe with the Mississippi law, it would be time for the vast numbers of present providers to simply continue to provide and let authorities try to enforce the unenforceable.

Imagine the scenes all around the USA of women and their providers being jailed or sued? It would be chilling to see the undermining of our democracy if one of our three key branches became embroiled in an illegal, inhumane controversy.

Righteous indignation will be too mild a reaction if the SC makes such a flawed decision after 48 years of safe, inexpensive, readily available choice under Roe! It’s akin to Trump and Youngkin claiming the election system is broken when it clearly is not, unless the state laws restricting minority voting get passed in Republican dominated states.

In short is the Court creating a problem when there is no problem, just as instigated by the lying Trump and carried on by his non-governing Republicans?

The solution to the choice issue is clearly simple and inexpensive and practical and legal and constitutionally justified: Solution—only one of the ideologically driven justices votes against adoption of the Mississippi law and leaves Roe in place.

Amen?

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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