Abortion Takes Center Stage For Multiple Reasons In 2024!

By Donald A. Collins | 24 April 2023
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As we have been saying on this web site over and over, the issue of choice existed from January 23, 1973, until June 24, 2022, when, ignoring the long established precedent of stare decisis, the US Supreme Court killed Roe Casey and opened a floodgate of extremist laws which took away from women in many states the right up to 24 weeks to a safe abortion!

The GOP deserves to pay a huge political price for such tyranny in 2024!! I personally will never vote for any prolife candidate in either party.

Many pro choice adherents including me have long argued that the right to terminate a pregnancy at any time allowed pregnant women to determine such conditions as fetal viability in allowing abortions up to the time of birth.

But in no way does any government entity have any business at any time invading the privacy of a woman’s uterus!

Now we find Governor Ron DeSantis in a late day unannounced moment signed a bill prohibiting abortions in Florida after 6 weeks (the old law was 15 weeks) before a woman would know she was pregnant.

This is just one of the many outrageous abortion laws many states have passed, under the claim that such a personal health decision must be made at the state level by bureaucrats and religious zealots instead of pregnant women. Read (here and here) two detailed articles as to why the issue will haunt the GOP in the 2024 election.

But while the abortion issue—including the mifepristone pill case if not resolved by then—will be a powerful trigger for Democrats to initiate shots at the GOP.

Here’s the story on the mifepristone case.

We have every reason to be fearful of the Court confirming the lower court opinions knowing that the two dissenting Justices on the Court Alito who wrote the Dobbs brief and Clarence Thomas could persuade other zealots to join them in ignoring the science of the FDA and disallowing mifepristone use.

Read here.

There are many other issues which show the GOP cares little for their poorer, many of them nonwhite constituents.

For example, will the US House controlled by the GOP refuse to raise the debt limit and throw the entire economy of the USA and to a degree the free world into turmoil despite the fact that President Trump raised ceiling 3 times with no opposition form Democrats in order to pay bills our government had already incurred.

We will know the answer to that before July 2023 but the attempt to hold the nation hostage to fiscal insanity gives us a picture of how the GOP would govern in a 2nd Trump MAGA administration.

Remember the abortion issue symbolizes whether our U.S. democracy will turn to humanity or be overcome by the attempted grasp by tyrants to continue to put restrictions on birth control!

Abortion is directly related ideologically to other critical dangerous political issues such as GOP attempts to limit voting rights for minorities, using gerrymandering to install permanent majorities in state legislatures, limiting access to information about our sad racial history, not respecting LBGTQ rights, not adequately funding education for minorities and other racist ploys just to name a few of the possible attacks from the hard right wingers.

Such continued attacks will be funded and fostered by religious ideologists such as Leonard Leo who has access to billions of unrestricted monies to buy fealty to the extreme legal views of the Federalist Society and others who embrace Constitutional Originalism, replacement theory and encourage the fears of the MAGA adherents about whites being replaced by minorities both those born here and immigrants.

Read about powerful Mr. Leo here.

Thus, as I have argued before, our Second Civil War is in progress. Now that the facts are being aired extensively most of us citizens of all political views better be listening and learning so key decisions such as free choice for abortion gets done right and sooner, not in 72 years as it took women to get the right to vote.

We need a new US national law which forbids any restrictions on women’s rights to obtain abortions anywhere or anytime in their pregnancies! Not likely now, but Senator Klobuchar’s bill just to restore Roe would be a huge victory.

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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