Politically Speaking — May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

What is Roe v. Wade? It is a 1973 landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

Where did the ruling start? In 1970 a lawsuit that famously led to the Supreme Court was filed by a woman named Jane Roe, an unmarried pregnant woman, on behalf of herself and others to challenge Texas abortion laws.
At the time, abortion was illegal in Texas unless it was done to save a mother’s life. It was against the law to otherwise get an abortion or attempt to get one.

In Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court decided two things:

• The United States Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.

• But the abortion right was not absolute. It was to be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting women’s health and prenatal life.

At the time the Court split the differences between two arguments that were presented.

One, the Roe v. Wade decision, included a major factor: Different views on when life begins. For example, many in the Jewish faith believe life begins at birth, while the Catholic faith believes that life begins at conception. But let me add that doctors’ views vary; they tend to lean toward life begins sometime before birth.

Sadly, this very controversial issue has become a political football for both parties, and no matter what you believe, the topic tends to be extremely emotional, as we have seen since 1973.

I will say many think of Roe v. Wade as the case that “legalized abortion.” However, keep in mind that isn’t exactly true. What it did change was the way states can regulate abortion.

By the way, Jane Roe was not the real name of the woman who filed the lawsuit. Norma McCorvey (the real woman behind “Jane Roe”) became the prominent voice for the pro life movement in 1995. She died in 2017. She became a supporter of Pro Life!

It might also come as a surprise that the court points out banning abortion is not a relatively new concept. Laws like Roe v. Wade emerged in the U.S. in the late 1800s.

So fast forward to the evening of Monday, May 2. For the first time ever, an internal brief was leaked to the public! And oddly enough, the very next morning, bright and early, there were organized protests in front of the Supreme Court building and other federal buildings.

Sorry, folks, but in my opinion, the wheel doesn’t turn that fast unless it was preplanned, making me believe this was done with intent to stir trouble.

Keep in mind it’s my opinion the Supreme Court, as any court, should be free to do their job without concern of retaliation.

Oddly enough, the leak on this emotional issue came before the midterm elections, just in time to disturb the rule of law. It’s creating unhinged rhetoric that’s already started, with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin saying on May 3, “This is a dark, disturbing morning in America,” and continued to say, “Make no mistake, [Roe v. Wade] will have an impact on this coming election.”

The DNC has already said reproductive rights will be on the ballot in November.
I, for one, believe this leak was a low life act, and the guilty individual or individuals should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

According to one of the latest surveys, Fox News reported statistics on the question of those that want some restrictions on abortion: All adults 71%, Republicans 93%, Democrats 49%.

Justice John Roberts called the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in abortion case a “betrayal” and he directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation.

In come, hopefully, the FBI and CIA, for what good that will do. Sadly, it’s my belief, America no longer has any boundaries.

Until next week.

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