Abortion Rights Face More Anti Choice State Laws!

By Donald A. Collins | 7 February 2023
Church and State

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As the page one February 7th Washington Post article entitled “In blue New Mexico, antiabortion activists use small towns to push national ban” reports, the 150-year-old anti-abortion Comstock law is seen by the local anti-choice advocates as a major anti-abortion launching action in Arizona cities in near the west Texas border!

Their ultimate goal for such local city passed anti-abortion laws is getting their cases to the US Supreme Court where the zealot Court majority stands ready to again merge secular law with religious fantasy to keep church and state ever closer together against the wishes of our founders.

As one Texas extremist Mark Lee Dickson says, “We can see this (the 1873 Comstock law) in New Mexico, we can see thus in Michigan, we can see this in California. This is possible everywhere. I do believe that this fight could end up changing the landscape of abortion in America”.

This goes against the Arizona State Attorney General Raul Torrez’s request to the Arizona Supreme Court,

to nullify ordinances in Clovis and three other jurisdictions and rule that abortion is protected under the state constitution’s Equal Rights Amendment, as well as its due process and inherent rights guarantees. Torrez, who made abortion rights a centerpiece of his 2022 campaign, also says the state alone has the power to regulate medical matters.

This is fundamentally about state law and state constitutional rights, and those are questions that should remain in the hands of state supreme courts,” Torrez said in an interview, though he added that the post-Roe landscape is hardly so simple.

“What you’re seeing in New Mexico is something that’s going to be playing out all over the country, where rather than settling the question, what Dobbs has done is unsettle the entire country,” he said.

As you read this Post article and realize how radically anti-choice has become, you will never again vote for a candidate for any office, local, state or national who doesn’t stand for choice.

The irony of these local ordinance efforts comes crystal clear. After widely screaming about the need to have abortion rights decided at the state level, anti-choice zealots got their wish on June 24, 2022 when the Supreme Court ruled to kill Roe. These anti women despots knew full well then what their next steps would be, doubtlessly using dark Lenard Leo type money and any other possible political chicanery, to advance their tyrannical anti-choice goals, including impeding use of pills.

Understand that this state by state undermining of choice is not just in Arizona by a comprehensive January 29th NY Times article entitled “A Volatile Tool Emerges in the Abortion Battle: State Constitutions”.

It tells us that “Many of the legal arguments seeking to overturn abortion bans rely on rights provided by the states, and how they are interpreted by state supreme courts.”

The states alternate views on abortion are emerging as the Times article reports:

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion in June, it declared that it was sending the issue back to the “people and their elected representatives.” But the fight has largely moved to a different set of supreme courts and constitutions: those in the states.

On a single day this month, South Carolina’s highest court handed down its ruling that the right to privacy in the State Constitution includes a right to abortion, a decision that overturned the state’s six-week abortion ban. Within hours, Idaho’s highest court ruled in the opposite direction, saying that state’s Constitution did not protect abortion rights; the ban there would stand.

Those divergent decisions displayed how volatile and patchwork the fight over abortion rights will be over the next months, as abortion rights advocates and opponents push and pull over state constitutions.

Read the full piece here.

The GOP under Trump or DeSantis or it seems as though any other of their candidates believe in tyranny for women, which means tyranny for all on voting, gun control, and human rights in general.

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”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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