Will A Vaginally Manic Supreme Court Majority Prevail On Killing Roe? Will We Have To Test That Decision At The Midterms?

By Donald A. Collins | 16 February 2022
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The utter arrogance of the US Supreme Court in letting the Texas abortion law stand while these Court antediluvians ponder whether or not to kill Roe/Casey so the punitive Mississippi law can be upheld should so anger everyone, male or female, to add CHOICE, if the Court so goes, to the long list of Trumpian attempts to steal our freedoms.

The 48 years of precedence (Stare decisis) may be ignored to the huge detriment of the health of all women but primarily younger women of lower income and knowledge about what to do or to possible be intimidated by their families.

An interesting echo to our edge of the cliff situation with Roe was provided by the recent death at 66 of a French woman, Marie Claire Chavalier, who became the icon of choice but never made use of her unique situation for personal self-aggrandizement. As the NY Times article of 2/10 tell us, “While in high school in 1972, she was raped and became pregnant. Her illegal abortion paved the way for France to decriminalize the procedure in 1975.”

As the NY Times article you can read in full here, at 16 she was raped, and the case became a cause celebre.

I quote several paragraphs here:

Marie-Claire Chevalier was 16 when she was raped by a high school classmate and became pregnant. She then had an abortion, which was illegal at the time in France unless the woman’s life was in danger.

Her classmate was later arrested on unrelated charges of auto theft. In a bid to avoid prosecution, he revealed Ms. Chevalier’s abortion to the authorities; he was released, and she was arrested and imprisoned.

In a sensational 1972 trial, Ms. Chevalier was represented by Gisèle Halimi, one of France’s most renowned lawyers and a prominent feminist. She won an acquittal, and the landmark case helped pave the way for the decriminalization of abortion in France.

While many in France celebrated the outcome, Ms. Chevalier was traumatized by the whole experience. She changed her first name to Catherine after the trial to try to regain her anonymity and lived the rest of her life out of the public eye.

In predominantly Roman Catholic France, abortion was long considered a mortal sin and officially banned by the Napoleonic Code of 1810, which threatened women who had abortions with imprisonment. During the German occupation in World War II, the procedure was deemed a capital crime, and some women who underwent or performed abortions were executed, often by guillotine. The last such execution was in 1943.
By the late 1960s and early ’70s, a series of legal challenges focused increasing attention on the abortion statute. Perhaps the most prominent of these challenges was that of Ms. Chevalier, whose mother had sought Ms. Halimi to represent her.

Halimi was the Sarah Weddington of France in the case. The film “Whose Choice?” which features Weddington offers stark testimony against the kind of ideological chicanery of the pro-lifers that now stand ready, like Putin in the obsolete war arena, to embark on an ideological war which can’t be won.

Most interesting to me was that this occurred about the same time of Roe in 1973.

As the same times article tells us:

This was two years after the U.S. Supreme Court had legalized abortion in the United States in Roe v. Wade. As in France, it had taken a pregnant woman, a Dallas waitress named Norma McCorvey, under the pseudonym Jane Roe, to challenge the law and achieve a major victory for women.

Although Ms. Chevalier was proud of the effect her case had had, she loathed the publicity and shunned the notion of exploiting it for fame or profit. “It’s not my style to build on what has screwed me up,” she said in a rare interview in 2019, with the French newspaper Libération.

McCorvey who died in 2017 was later to be converted by the representatives of the Catholic Church into being anti-abortion. I would wonder if money was involved but the French at least got it right?

We may now be getting it terribly wrong. Again, Trump, claiming his affinity for democracy, appointed 3 Justices to the Supreme Court who could put freedom and women’s health in true jeopardy. Could one of these new appointees come along with Chief Justice John Roberts to the rescue when the Mississippi case is decided?

More important to the future of our democracy remains our ability to vote.

As demographic trends predict, the dwindling numbers of GOP voters have encouraged their leaders to try to make it harder for minorities to vote, so far in over 20 states where Republicans control the legislatures.

If instead the GOP weren’t so racially frightened, its leaders would realize that cheating voters with gerrymandering or making voting harder will inflict damage on their party that grows and becomes more irreparable.

However, in the short term, if new state laws on voting rights cut out minorities, our fragile democracy’s hindered function make the felonious ex-President able to not only get nominated but even to win the 2024 election and install people like Steve Bannon in high office!

Then in November if the GOP wins the House, the Speaker will be Kevin McCarthy who wouldn’t recognize Trump’s treasonous attempt to keep Biden from taking office just 6 months he was admitting and decrying Trump’s January 6th behavior. And the level of lies and misinformation will get even greater.

A preponderant number of his fellow GOP House members who can’t see anything wrong with Trump type behavior are likely to still be there after November infecting our democracy if the GOP wins in November.

The January 6th insurrection is now labeled by these Republican wunderkind officials as just a normal standard protestation of their civil rights otherwise dubbed by the RNC as “legitimate political discourse” (LPD).

That January 6th to them almost kept Pence from counting the Electoral College votes doesn’t seem to matter.

Even the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal decried that description, proving that even the staunchly Republican editorialists there found LPD unacceptable.

Could all the above manifest itself in a GOP defeat in November?

Let me say here that while the present GOP is fostering a new civil war, some Republicans like Cheney, Kinzinger and Romney have stood up for our Constitution and the rule of law. That gives me hope that many others will see what a dangerous path Trump has set us on.

Speaking of ignorance personified, Trump’s large dull bulb MAGA audiences who have yet to realize he and his supporters are selling authoritarianism are often the same folks who don’t get vaccinated and are mask less and happy to pass on COVID to anyone in their orbit. The US 900,000 COVID deaths are the highest in the world.

Meantime Trump’s war chest exceeds $100 million for ads which attack every sound initiative put forward by the Democrats. The non-governing GOP has been fully converted into the party of NO.

So back to vagina control. Women’s rights are on the line. The next moves are up to us. The ex-Chief Criminal owns the GOP, which has become a party after his brand of intimidation, lying and illegal power seeking.

It’s now up to all citizens to keep that from happening this November, even if the US Supreme Court decides to create the “stench” Justice Sotomayor predicted and kill Roe.

If so people of good will from any political persuasion who believe in the rule of law and a strong two-party system should be considering, as in the 1850’s before the Civil War, the need for a new party, which when subsequently led by President Lincoln, as the horror of that war was continuing, spoke those famous words at Gettysburg.

Our nation in a troubled world needs now to urgently come together to prove our system can survive and prove to those under authoritarian rule that we possess the only model that ultimately can best serve human needs.

In any historical evolution the global issues of excess human numbers, climate control and environmental protection make mandatory the future to be molded by global cooperation. That hope seems to any informed observer highly in doubt!

Changing human behavior to universally adhere to democracy has yet to happen, but it all starts with recognizing the vital first step of insuring worldwide that women rights prevail.

That the highest court in the world’s longest lasting democracy apparently doesn’t get that basic message of vaginal freedom from religious ideology should truly disturb our voters, male or female!

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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