Love Them Both..

What a polarizing decision- The Supreme Court has overturned Rowe v. Wade! Or is it as polarizing as people make it out to be?

For a while now I’ve touted this blog as a way to slow things down for me. I think best when I write free-form vs just posting memes and other reactions to people’s posts. A good friend told me she was leaving this one alone, but it’s a subject that is indeed near and dear enough to me to warrant actually talking about.

First things first, abortion is not a constitutional right. Let’s not mistake emotions for fact. Just because we want as a society to believe that we can and should enforce our beliefs on everyone doesn’t mean that is the way to handle things. Many people are on the warpath today, 3 days later, upset over a decision they believe takes away women’s rights.

First, let’s talk about the decision. This decision makes abortion an issue of the people and the states which is the correct place for this decision and many others that set social media aflame. Let’s hear it from the opinion of one of the Justices presiding- Judge Alito:

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/22067246-dobbs-decision

There are no rational beings that can really argue with the reasoning. The decision was weak to start with. Even the original “Jane Wade” has come out with a video talking about how her decision and the court case were wrong: https://twitter.com/woj_pawelczyk/status/1541157112507662336?s=21&t=JxMp1ShM3ZlYcglxapXRfg

So what are we left with? States like Florida (conservative by ALL accounts) is passing abortion laws that prohibit abortions after 15 weeks. 15 weeks is still twice what some European countries offer. Others it falls as a middle-range time frame to allow abortion. Some countries, it’s not available at all.

What does it mean to “love them both”. The reader has to decide. I think it means that protecting the rights of unborn babies as a result of carelessness and bad choices. I’m sorry to tell you but financial distress is not a good reason. Why? You can give that child up for adoption. There’s a lot of Christian families just in my church alone that would love to love your child.

Quite frankly, it’s time to learn a few things here. Women need to be conscious of where they are and with whom. Implicit trust gets you in trouble. Men need to learn how to respect women in some cases. No is most definitely a no. Teach your daughter to respect herself and her body as sacred ground. It’s not ok to just engage in promiscuity with others unprotected. Ideally, with a Christian background it’s not ok to engage in sexual promiscuity at all. Women must learn to love themselves and make better choices. That baby after 13 weeks has developed into a mini-human and your decision is no longer yours alone; you are making it for another human as well. An entire universe of possibilities becomes a woman’s responsibility. And in the case where medically the alternative is dangerous to the mother and child, decisions should be allowed to be made and exceptions should be allowed.

This is precisely why it has gone back to the states. This is a decision that has many proponents and opponents. It is not for the Federal government to decide. Justice Alito also brought this up in his opinion:

“In interpreting what is meant by the Fourteenth Amendment’s reference to ‘liberty,’ we must guard against the natural human tendency to confuse what that Amendment protects with our own ardent views about the liberty that Americans should enjoy. That is why the Court has long been ‘reluctant’ to recognize rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution.”

The States must act on behalf of the people. That is their duty as elected officials of the local populace. Gone are the days that people should count on Federal rights to popular opinion. Instead, the people should elect individuals that will act on their behalf and stand up for what the majority want. It’s hard living in a state where legislature is opposite of what you believe, but you always have the option to pursue happiness elsewhere.

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