No Common Ground Likely On Government Imposed Abortion Laws. But All Such Laws Need To Be Lifted!!

By Donald A. Collins | 22 September 2022
Church and State

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After hearing Stacy Abrams’ comment on CNN on women’s rights to abortions as a public health matter, I am moved to write this opinion again. As my readers know, I served as a pre and after Roe foundation program officer who helped arrange major funding for abortion clinics in the US and worldwide. Many of those traditional major funders of family planning services failed in those early days to come aboard to fund abortion services.

Who says now after 50 years of Roe that abortion laws are needed? Everyone almost and they are all wrong.

Principle among those voices are the Catholic dominated Supreme Court and the GOP as it “scrambles to settle on abortion as bill exposes rifts” says the 9/15-page one Washington Post story. The GOP’s winning message” advanced by Trump toady, SC Senator Lindsay Graham calls for a national 15-week limit abortion law.

Let’s finally get real about abortion and how it fits into medical services.

When you need any medical assistance do you get in your car or take a plane to another state where knee replacement surgery or cancer treatment is needed?

Maybe but only if an MD specialist is required, not permission from some medically unqualified government bureaucrat or a judicial ruling based religious belief.

The madness of such specificity on abortion in a curious way came 50 years ago with the Roe decision which was welcomed by women and those of us who had seen the agony of back-alley deaths, but the Roe decision set in motion the idea such an evil as giving women safe options when they and their MDs decided abortion needed banning altogether or at least some limitations.

Why? Ridiculous.

Okay, Justice Blackman and that Supreme Court listened to the arguments of 26-year-old lawyer Sarah Weddington whose arguments and a distinguished group of officials from all mainstream religions can be seen on a powerful film here.

The rest of the discussions about abortion is religious BS perpetuated by the fantasies of those who have personal opinions which they are insisting apply to all of us.

Careful licensing as we train doctors is now the rule but frequently abortion training is not even included, again because of this invidious invasion of a woman’s personal privacy and the right to decide if she wants safe service just as we might seek special help if diagnosed with cancer or need any medical service.

Half the annual pregnancies in the US are unintended.

World Population has grown 4 times in my 91 years to 8 billion from 2 billion when I was born and human numbers keeps going up every year so the impact of humans on climate, environment or any other ad erase issue you can name has experts such as UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon of South Korea whose statement mentioned human causes to our environment crises, but no plan for reduction of human numbers which urgently need to be reduced.

In fact, the 8th paragraph the article’s writer mentions “Human-caused climate change” but then as the UN Secretary General failed to mention no action plan to curb population growth but comments on saving human lives as we kill off more flora and fauna than can be renewed yearly!

Famous agriculturist Norman Borlaug who created miracle wheat in the late 1960’s cautioned the world about the dangers of not controlling population growth which obviously did not happen.

So, when we read about the sanctity of human life by such extremists who take no responsibility for the result of uncontrolled human growth, and work against helping women have the number of children they can raise properly, the hypocrisy of the sanctity of life crowd is nauseating.

We need world people reduction but as we likely won’t do it, the death of billions will be assured and the habitability of Earth can’t be lessened to painful levels.

However, now, for starters making US abortion law manageable again as with a return to a renewed Roe will probably be hailed as a legislative triumph, even as such solution ignores abortion’s proper classification as a routine safer than pregnancy medical procedure.

Abortion? Just a mindless blip in continuing human stupidity enroute to a dangerous and uncertain future.

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?”, “Vote” and “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”.

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