Happy Mother’s Day, don’t take away our choice not to be one | Opinion
Earlier this week, a draft opinion of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has been leaked. Essentially, the decision would reverse previous decisions of the Roe vs. Wade and Foreseen Parenthood c. Casey. He left the nation in a head spin and sparked conversations across all social media platforms. If these decisions are reversed, states will have the power to ban abortions outright or in any capacity they choose.
Although the Court often drafts several draft opinions by various members of the Court to help assess their official verdict, it is entirely possible that the Supreme Court will rule differently.
However, having taken it upon myself to read the 98 pages of the leaked review, I have a few thoughts.
First: What the fuck is this, Judge Alito?
Reading this, I was struck by the lack of depth and understanding of the cases presented. The Constitution is not only explicit, we have guaranteed rights that are implicit. It doesn’t matter that abortion is not in the Constitution, women are not yet mentioned in the Constitution here we are, fully functional and deserving of rights.
As a member of the judiciary and as a member of the highest court in the land, Judge Alito should be embarrassed.
In his view, he asserted that “26 states have expressly asked this Court to strike down Roe and Casey”. This claim is almost an admission to let politics play a role in its duty to defend our rights. And what about the 24 states that did not request this reversal? Depending on the states, this could easily be the majority of the nation.
He failed to recognize that one of the essential duties of Supreme Court justices – their only duty – is to uphold the Constitution and the rights of all of us. Not just men, but everything from U.S. If judges can be influenced by politics, then the Supreme Court will become illegitimate.
Ultimately, this reversal doesn’t just endanger those of us with wombs. This precedent leaves a door open for other cases of the same or similar precedent to be overruled, and it endangers the rights of all of us. If we lose Roe, here’s what we could also lose:
This undermines all of our freedoms, not just those directly affected by this excess. However, it’s important to keep in mind how this will affect those with uteruses, whether you have one or not. Because the implications of this reversal are very real, and as a woman I am terrified not just for myself but for everyone.
We have politicians who don’t understand the risks of pregnancy and how it can permanently harm someone’s body. You see that with Sen. Ted Cruz who was held under fire in September 2020 for exactly that when he tweeted his political views on abortion.
“Pregnancy is not a fatal disease, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease,” tweeted Cruz.
He then deleted the tweet.
Maternal mortality increased in 2020, with 861 deaths reported over a 30.6 million births. This stat continues to increase every year and the probability of survival decreases significantly when you are a person of color because black women in 2020 have died 2.9 times more often than white women, according to CDC.
In addition, between 2 and 10% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes while pregnant, CDC. Pregnant women are at risk for infections, high blood pressure, preeclampsia and postpartum depression, according to National Institute of Health.
Then we have other politicians who don’t give a fuck about how you got pregnant, as long as you stay pregnant. Ohio state representative Jean Schmidt said there would be no exceptions to abortion – not even for a 13-year-old child who had been raped – when discuss the Human Life Protection Actwhich allows no exceptions other than medical complications for the mother.
“Rape is a difficult problem and it scars the individual emotionally”, Schmidt said. “All or part for the rest of their lives, just like child abuse does. But if a baby is created, it’s a human life and whether the mother terminates that pregnancy or not, the scars won’t go away. Period.It’s a shame that this is happening, but there is an opportunity for this woman, whether young or old, to decide what she is going to do to help this lifetime be a productive human being.
A 13-year-old child is a child. Not a woman. And I don’t know about you, but it sounds like “Well it’s already broken, might as well break it some more and see if that helps.”
Why is it okay to burden girls and women with things they can’t control? Or is it just so you can control us? Because last time I checked, it takes two to make a baby. And the men come take some responsibility?
And why do we give the fetus the same rights, if not more, than the women who have to carry the baby? If a fetus is a person, why doesn’t child support begin at conception in most states? Or why can’t you claim a child as a dependent on your taxes until they’re born?
Many, including Alito, say that “a woman who puts her newborn baby up for adoption today has little reason to fear that the baby will not find a suitable home.” Yet our foster care system in the United States is terrible.
According to National institution for young people. Or that half the kids in the system won’t even graduate from high school, according to the National institution for young people. And what about the states that failed to find permanent homes for 20,000 children in 2015, according to the National Foster Youth Institution?
What about those cries that it is “easy” to find a suitable home for children within the system?
Given all the information given to you, can you honestly say that there is a reason to reverse this decision? A who is not influenced by religious belief? If not, then you don’t have much to argue.
A law that is only valid for the Christian belief that a fetus is a person before it becomes viable has no place in this country. We are a country with religious freedom. This includes the freedom not to let someone else’s religion dictate what you can or cannot do.
What about belief systems that not only allow abortion but require it if the woman’s life is in danger? Judaism and more publicly the Satanic Church offers these rights to those who practice. Will the government deprive them of their constitutional right to practice their respective religions?
Now is the time to shout loudly and fight for your rights, because ultimately that “guaranteed right” may no longer be guaranteed. Defend yourself and others. This is our whole fight and we have to stay strong. Make our intentions clear to everyone, including those who enact these laws that restrict us. It is our duty to ensure that our representatives truly represent us.
In the name of our rights, speak out.