On abortion rights, Democrats out themselves as controlled opposition — Analysis
The possible repeal of Roe v. Wade has laid bare the hypocrisy of the Dems’ pro-choice rhetoric
A draft opinion by US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on the controversial issue of abortion was recently leaked by Politico, and later confirmed as authentic by the Court. The controversy surrounding abortion has erupted as a result. This includes the question of whether women have the right and limits to end a pregnancy.
According to the draft opinion, representing the majority of the Court, America’s supreme judicial body has thoroughly repudiated the 1973 Roe v. Wade and another decision in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Alito stated that the Court believed this. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,”He says this in the document, which is titled “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” Translation: Abortion will become a state’s rights issue, thus effectively outlawing its practice in a majority of states – even to the point of it being a criminal offense to either administer or receive an abortion.
This is, in my opinion, a violation of civil liberties and a grave violation of human rights. My belief is that women have the right to manage their own reproductive and bodily functions. Forcing underage girls to rape children to term, I think, is highly immoral.
Roe and Casey repealing is especially egregious in a country with a high rate of maternity death, no paid maternity leave, and no universal or subsidised child care. The United States of America does everything it can to make motherhood a burden on the working class – and we have to be real about the fact that since abortion is accessible in virtually every other country on the planet, it means the wealthy will be able to have them still.
Furthermore, examining this opinion closely reveals that the conservative-dominated Supreme Court wants to continue imposing its ideology by overruling more decisions. For example, Obergfell v. Hodges, the case that led to gay marriage being legalized, or Lawrence v. Texas, the case that led to homosexuality being decriminalized, could be next on the chopping block based on Alito’s reasoning.
What is the most cynical aspect of this whole situation, however, is how the Democratic Party is using it as a rallying cry – despite the fact that they’ve fallen on their face continuously. The Democratic Party claims to be a champion of women’s rights and always warns voters that Roe could be overturned if they don’t vote Dem. But every time Democrats have had the ability to pass an abortion bill, they haven’t done so. This is another instance of the controlled opposition that I see in the Democratic Party.
In 2007, Barack Obama, the candidate for President, promised Planned Parenthood. “the first thing I’d do as president”Signing the Freedom of Choice Act would be a great idea. Even when holding a federal trifecta for 72 working days, President Barack Obama did not do that – and then said later that the bill is “not my highest legislative priority.”This never happened after being in power for four years.
The Democrats have regained control of the government with the White House having a majority in both the House and the Senate. This gives them a tiebreaking vote in Senate. Yes, it’s true that legislation effectively needs a supermajority in the Senate thanks to the filibuster – but mechanisms, like a reconciliation, do exist that could see abortion snuck through.
Instead of actually taking action to codify abortion rights, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with James Clyburn were just in Texas campaigning for anti-choice Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar instead of his pro-choice opponent Jessica Cisneros. Her office sent out fundraising emails that day, highlighting how vital it was to defend abortion rights. There is no better example of hypocrisy than this from Democrats.
The midterm elections this November will be extremely hot and consequential. Democrats will make it a major issue to repeal abortion rights. Their messaging will portray them as the party who will protect women and other vulnerable groups in the years ahead. It’s all bogus. Democrats will do nothing – just like their track record suggests.
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