Roe’s Restoration Needs Fixed To Reflect Reality!

By Donald A. Collins | 27 February 2023
Church and State

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The possible further enlargement of the reprehensible tyranny of the June 24, 2022 Dobbs decision eliminating the long standing Roe decision by the religiously zealous Supreme Court majority surfaced with the Texas law suit which as the 2/5/23 Washington Post story reports, “aims to undo the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2000 approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs used in a medication abortion. The regimen, which includes a dose of another drug called misoprostol, now accounts for more than 50% of abortions nationwide. While misoprostol is widely used on its own to perform abortions around the world, studies show it is less effective than the two-step regimen, and usually causes more cramping and bleeding.”

This suit will likely find its way the US Supreme Court which could sustain an outrageous distortion of women’s health rights.

Read here the entire Post article which was reprinted in the Texas Tribune.

I predict a national right to safe abortions which be restored as the majority of voters are against banning abortions which only bans safe abortions. While some 80% of abortions are medical, 61% of US voters favor abortion rights under all or most circumstances.

I join in the opinion of many experts who for health and any other reason that abortion should be permitted under at any time in a woman’s pregnancy with no laws governing her decision.

Perfect example: The page one February 20th Washington Post story entitled “In Florida, a Family grieves as birth near” expresses exactly the example of what most MDs would agree needs to happen to Roe when a national right to a abortion is restored.

And a national right to a safe abortion will be restored since long established has been the understanding that banning abortions only means banning safe abortions and over 60% of Americans, female and male, favor the right to an abortion “under most circumstances”!

Read about this an absurd, unnecessarily sad story here.

It is to those on the fence about “circumstances” that this powerful Post article is addressed.

This Florida couple, fortunately have a healthy 4-year-old, but could under Florida law get an abortion for wife’s current pregnancy.

Why? Because after 24 weeks new legislation makes abortion illegal despite the fact that this fetus is fatally flawed and can’t live probably longer than a few minutes after it is delivered.

This same sad story occurred years ago in my own family. My wife’s sister, an early diabetic, became pregnant with what would a fist child that both parents wanted.

I am uncertain whether the medical expertise in the 1950’s could have determined this pregnancy deeply flawed as was Mrs. Dorbert’s in Florida, my sister-in-law carried the fetus to its birth with clearly terminal deflects. The newborn could not leave the hospital, so my sister-in-law visited her new son daily.

We all joined her with visits. I have a sharp memory of Nancy holding the baby in her arms, its head seeming not to held up without her assistance.

The baby died a couple of months later.

Years later a close friend of my wife’s daughter received the bad news that her fetus would not survive and through an MD we knew performed a legal abortion before the 24-week limit which was still in effect at that time.

This young mother’s next pregnancy the following year produced a healthy baby much to the joy of all!

The main point: Women need the right uninhibited by any law to decide at any time during their pregnancies to have abortions.

Holding women in tyranny as the result of the social, cultural, or religious beliefs in our society must not be law!

Our mostly deistic believing founding fathers (there were no women voters in 1782 in Constitution Hall) saw religious concepts as open to all but not as open to controlling individual behavior. Read here about the clear arguments for that separation:

As noted above a national version of Roe/Casey will be a huge factor in the 2024 election, but the proper version I argue for above, likely not enacted as soon as it should, but it will be. Its freedom will bring no intrusion by anyone except the pregnant women themselves.

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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