Justice Breyer Is An American Hero But Unappreciated, Like Women’s Rights!

By Donald A. Collins | 28 January 2022
Church and State

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring in June, at the end of the US Supreme Court’s current term. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

At an evening meeting of an NGO I support several years ago, Justice Breyer had agreed to speak, but he had temporarily lost his voice and to keep his promised commitment he came and brought his daughter along to read his remarks.

Standing off to the side alone before his talk, I went over to him, introduced myself and had the pleasure of telling him how much I admired his answer when during his Senate confirmation years before he was asked about his views on abortion he replied, “That’s settled law.”

A President Clinton nominee, Breyer was confirmed 87 to 9 in July 1994, 11 months after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was confirmed in August 1993 by a vote of 93 to 3.

Roe even after Casey, saved by then Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vote (He an enlightened Catholic), seemed well settled into sensible safe acceptance by 74% of Americans.

As his dangerous, feckless completely egotistical rein has proved, Trump blatantly packed the Supreme Court with the brazen help of then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who scotched Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, which opened the way for Trump’s appointment of three ideologically driven jurists whose majority along with Justice Thomas will allow the settled law of Roe/Casey to devolve into a nightmare of scarce abortion services for poor and young women. Affluent women have always been able to get such service.

To have such a vicious blot on the reputation of our highest court was predicted by Justice Sotomayor when she used the word “stench” to characterize any decision to kill Roe.

Now, as you can read here, the extent of our stupidity about our planet’s future will shortly be on full display as Senate hearings for a new Supreme Court Justice begin.

Just as our democracy is teetering on the edge of authoritarianism, this assertion of killing Roe with religious bias about a secular matter of personal freedom demonstrates in full measure why ignoring women’s rights has brought our planet’s humans into a potential death spiral.

We are a planet headed for disaster; my solution would work fine but won’t be voluntarily pursued. Give all the world’s women equal rights and we would gradually solve every global problem.

As population in my 91 years has zoomed from 2 billion to nearly 8 billion with over 80 million births over deaths every year, that is making a population of 11 billion people possible by 2100 if climate, war and other disasters don’t intervene.

Look around the globe on your daily TV screens and see the growing pain of human living conditions and one can see how broad denial of women’s rights is leading our species to disaster.

Freedom to choose whether or not to have a child could, at the low cost of providing full voluntary family planning services worldwide, would begin the process of gently reducing human numbers to sustainable levels.

Instead, as many credible experts opine, we are left with the sometimes perceived but not fully addressed world problems such as climate change, pollution, wars, even as we hope non-nuclear and pandemics.

Little actions globally are afoot to dramatically give full rights to the majority of women around the world.

Here in rich sophisticated USA over half of our yearly pregnancies are unintended!

What Justice Breyer and RBG and women everywhere see as their personal rights—including improved education, pay, and employment status—could solve so much if our blindness to the obvious, inexpensive solution were focused upon by an enlightened leadership instead of the mindless grab for temporal power which will be fleeting as our planet’s crises burgeon!!

Even those who understand so eloquently the improper imposition of religion into secular law are not also including this vital message of how the process of fostering women’s rights would have such impact on the future of homo sapiens on our planet. Read here the wise comments on human rights from experts who apparently still fail to link women’s rights around the globe as vital next steps.

The commercial mantra of more, more, more has brought human sustainability around the world to the brink of disaster, but the signs of awakening the this threat of excess human numbers are likely too little too late to avoid immense pain.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 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?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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