The Abortion Debate Made Simple: Do Ideological Catholic Justices Get To Make Choice Harder And Less Safe? Then Their Ilk Like Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves Will Get To Attack LGBTQ Rights And Contraception

By Donald A. Collins | 12 May 2022
Church and State

Nearly 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, the current Supreme Court appears ready to overturn that right. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

Working for wealthy donors starting in mid-1960s with funds from their foundations, I identified for grants many NGOs which established multiple abortion facilities both in the US and around the world. Many of these US based NGOs helped millions of women get safe abortions before and after Roe was decided in 1973.

In 1990, through my nonprofit corporation, my colleagues and I produced a TV quality film entitled “Whose Choice?” which obtained views on choice from religious leaders of all major faiths who favored Roe which included a Catholic priest as there is no monolithic single of Catholic view on choice. “Whose Choice” played to favorable reviews all around the US.

The film was updated in about 2002 featuring the commentary symbolically standing in front of the US Supreme Court by a leading African American clergyman Carlton Veazey, who was President of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights who strongly enumerated the positive effect of having Roe.

You can read his August 10, 2122 obituary here. Death on 8/10/22

Eerily emulating today’s Roe attack, the film contains interviews with numerous women needing choice and their providers, including comments from a Catholic priest and the late abortion icon, Sarah Weddington, who at 26 argued the case for Roe in 1973 at the Supreme Court.

You can also view this final version of the film on this web site.

Now 49 years later Roe/Casey may go down. If you are one of the more than 50 percent of women in America who have had unintended pregnancy it was perhaps a happy moment.

OR in your making the decision to seek an abortion as fraught with assessing its consequences and at least with Roe in place not having to worry about its safety or legality.

Now women face being told that some legal specific benefit accrues to our fragile and deeply troubled democracy that the imperfect, but highly workable current law should be decided by 50 states, many with agendas confounding women’s health.

If women want to have a baby, have one, but why attack others with different opinions. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it now is a lot simpler than it will be if Roe is destroyed to please ideologists under what now is a 49-year precedent.

Until quickening the fetal matter in the womb is not “a baby in there” as Peggy Noonan opined in her May 7th Wall Street Journal Op Ed!

Read here again my recent column.

By initially contacting the brave people working on the abortion provision front-line depicted in a news article, l have recently been directly in touch with one those brave women at that special Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern Illinois, Alexandria Ball. She, along with her colleagues, are now helping Missouri women obtain safe, mostly early abortions.

The clinic’s clients, these pregnant women, many from St Louis, must now cross the Mississippi River to escape the recently enacted oppressive law there.

The new Missouri abortion law, one of multiple state laws to be automatically put in play by the cruel Supreme Court’s vicious decision to keep all these extreme laws in effect while the Court is pondering the Mississippi case.

If the Court decides against Roe this Summer, all these existing new punitive laws will presumably adopt the Mississippi law.

Initially, I sent Ms. Ball some of my writings on choice and expressing my fervent applause for what her Planned Parenthood clinic is accomplishing.

She responded in part as follows: “I so appreciate the shout out you gave me and my colleagues. I will be sharing this op ed with all my friends and coworkers. It really makes me feel so special and important to mentioned by someone with as much skin in the game as you have! I especially liked the bit in your op ed about how folks were all about keeping the government out of our bodies when it came to wearing masks during covid but cannot apply that same logic to the fight for abortion care. The dissonance! I could go on and on about abortion bans and their link to white supremacy and the prison industrial complex, but I’ll stop for now or we’ll be at it all day!”

She and all those thousands of providers around the US working to make abortions safe and performed as early as possible can FEEL and experience daily what the politized attacks on abortion now cause and what killing Roe will in future do to increase the trauma of what must ultimately kept as the personal decisions of women and their physicians.

Those Catholic “one issue” Justices are dangerously fixated on perpetrating ideological tyranny on American women and their families.

As the result of a frightening article in the May 9th Washington Post entitled “Miss. governor doesn’t rule out banning contraception if Roe falls” we now have the perfect example of what the further objectives of killing Roe are. Here are a few key quotes from this article:

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Sunday refused to rule out the possibility that his state would ban certain forms of contraception, sidestepping questions about what would happen next if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reeves confirmed that, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, a trigger law passed in Mississippi in 2007 would go into effect that essentially outlaws abortions in the state, although it makes exceptions for rape and for the life of the mother.

When asked if Mississippi might next target the use of contraceptives such as the Plan B pill or intrauterine devices, Reeves demurred, saying that was not what the state was focused on “at this time.”

“My view is that the next phase of the pro-life movement is focusing on helping those moms that maybe have an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy,” Reeves said. “And while I’m sure there will be conversations around America regarding [contraceptives], it’s not something that we have spent a lot of time focused on.”

Reeves’s comments come days after Louisiana Republicans advanced a bill that would charge abortion as homicide and grant constitutional rights to a person “from the moment of fertilization.” That language could also restrict the use of emergency contraception and other methods that seek to prevent a fertilized embryo from implanting in the uterus.

On Sunday, Reeves said he thinks “life begins at conception” but repeatedly avoided answering whether he meant at the moment of an egg’s fertilization or when an embryo attaches to the womb.

“What I’m saying is, again, this is a debate that we can have once the actual court makes their ruling, once the actual words are on the page,” Reeves said. “We believe that the overturning of Roe is the correct decision by the court.”

Your can read the entire article here.

Now we know what the Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves would likely hope could happen next if Roe is replaced by the Mississippi abortion law that makes 15 weeks the limit and doesn’t allow for abortions in the cases life of the mother or incest!

This racist bigot now offers to all other citizens of all parties the powerful and urgent signal necessary to rally a vast voter rebellion against what Trump and his sick ilk have perpetuated on our republic which Benjamin Franklin warned is a republic “if you can keep it”!

This Roe killing decision is not following the rule of law (ignoring Stare decisis) but rather would be ushering in a new chapter in the of discord and hatred. All aboard, Voters, as it is now up to every thinking citizen to understand the importance of defeating this dangerous GOP in the midterms!

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?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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