Date: June 24, 2022, 5:53 PM
So I guess if any of my young relatives get pregnant, and a serious situation develops, they should just walk down the street and ask random strangers what they should do.
Mind you, these random strangers have no idea what the serious situation is. They haven’t the foggiest notion of what the circumstances are, what factors the young couple have to consider, or anything else about what is going on. But they get to decide. Not the couple, in consultation with their doctors, their family, and each other. No. Strangers.
That’s what today’s Roe decision by the Supreme Court does: Removes decision-making power from women about their own health and well-being. The high court has now declared that American women have no bodily autonomy.
But wait, conservatives protest: What about the bodily autonomy of the fetus? Well, you can’t have bodily autonomy if you are not an autonomous person.
So I guess that means that any American, at any time, can be ordered to save the life of someone dying of, say, kidney or liver disease by being forced to donate an organ.
I really think that someone who has kidney or liver disease should file a lawsuit demanding that they be allowed to force any one of their fellow Americans to give them a kidney or part of a liver. They can cite this abortion ruling.
Makes sense, no? If the government can tell a woman she is required to carry a fetus to term on the theory that she must save a life, then shouldn’t all of us be required to sacrifice our bodies to save others’ lives?
I also think that someone who practices the Jewish faith, which does not prohibit abortion — it fact, abortion is mandated to save the life of the mother — should also sue, citing religious freedom. Ditto Muslims. Many practices within different Islamic traditions do not prohibit abortion.
After all, this is a Supreme Court that is so obsessed with “religious freedom” that it thinks it’s perfectly fine for gay people to be kicked out of restaurants, refused service at a bakery, or be mistreated in a host of other discriminatory ways if the business owner doesn’t like them.
So shouldn’t Jews and Muslims be allowed to follow their religious traditions without government interference? If the high court says yes, then we could end up with a situation where only Christian Americans are prohibited from seeking an abortion. And it will highlight the fact that this was a religious decision, not a legal one.
Hey … that chart kind of looks like the worldwide gun deaths chart, doesn’t it?
Well, we certainly do like to be No. 1! Even if our priorities are royally screwed up.
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