Roe v Wade: Until Democrats Restore Our Rights, America Will Be In Crisis
Last Friday, a faction of Catholic extremists at the United States Supreme Court overturned the nearly 50-year-old landmark decision in Roe v Wade, and with it the constitutional right to abortion in the United States.
The imposition of white Christian patriarchal authoritarian rule through the court is extremely undemocratic, regressive, and out of step with the American people. According to a recent poll, 55% of Americans describe themselves as pro-choice on the issue of abortion. And two-thirds (66%) did not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe.
But the court’s decision, while gruesome and far-reaching, should have come as no surprise to anyone, given the court’s illegitimate stacking with judges who have the stamp of approval from the Christian right – thanks to the machinations of former President Donald Trump and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. .
I and other commentators with extensive knowledge of the Christian Right anticipated this event long before an unprecedented leak of a draft decision caused considerable public outcry in early May.
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Nonetheless, the release of the final decision sparked a kind of political circus, in which “moderate” Republican Senator Susan Collins and “moderate” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin – who both voted to confirm Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, back in 2018 – was shocked that Kavanaugh misled them regarding his supposed commitment to legal precedent.
Manchin (one of two Democratic senators who refuses to end the filibuster rule that minority groups can use to prevent laws from being passed, thereby preventing his party from achieving key legislative achievements despite its narrow majority in the Senate) also has the dubious distinction of being the only Democrat who voted to confirm Kavanaugh as the new justice.
Former Vice President Mike Pence praised the judges who voted to overthrow Roe and called for a national abortion ban.
Trump has reportedly made private comments that he expects this Supreme Court decision to negatively impact the Republican Party. Publicly, however, the former president seems happy enough to accept praise for his key role in ending the Christian right’s long-term strategy, pursued for decades, to overthrow Roe v Wade and decimate gender equality. in America.
For example, he was standing behind Illinois Rep. Mary Miller at a rally on Saturday when she called the Supreme Court’s decision a “historic victory for white life”, for which she thanked the former president “on behalf of all MAGA patriots in America”.
Although a member of Miller’s campaign staff rushed to claim that she meant “right to life”, Miller did not correct herself or seem the least bit baffled by her supposed mistake. . Instead, she raised her hands in applause, and the crowd at the campaign event clapped with her.
A born-again Sunday school teacher and home-schooling advocate fairly typical of America’s white evangelical Protestants, Miller once made national headlines for emphatically telling a pro-Trump rally the day before the January 6 uprising, that “Hitler was right”. on the need to indoctrinate children as a means of bringing about change.
Miller also thinks more ‘Judeo-Christian faith’ is the only acceptable response to the epidemic of gun violence in the US, voted against aid to Ukraine and did not come out against the invasion of this country by Russia – according to the Chicago Tribune.
Thanks to radical traditionalist Catholics and evangelicals like Mary Miller and Mike Pence, the United States no longer guarantees the right to abortion care, even on paper. And as New York writer Jia Tolentino argues, we are not now returning to a pre-Roe America. Post-Roe America is going to be even worse for people who can get pregnant: