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On abortion rights, Democrats cast themselves as controlled opposition — RT World News

The eventual repeal of Roe v. Wade laid bare the hypocrisy of the Dems’ pro-choice rhetoric

A draft opinion by US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on the controversial abortion issue was recently leaked by Politico, and later confirmed as authentic by the Court. Predictably, this sparked a fierce debate around abortion, for example, whether or not women should have the right to terminate a pregnancy and, if so, what limits should be placed on this. straight.

According to the draft opinion, representing the majority of the Court, the US supreme judicial body completely repudiated the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade and another 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. As Alito wrote, the Court finds that “Roe was blatantly wrong from the start.”

“We feel that Roe and Casey should be cancelled,” he says in the document, titled “Notice of the Court”. “It is time to respect the Constitution and to return the question of abortion to the elected representatives of the people. Translation: Abortion will become a matter of state rights, prohibiting its practice in the majority of states – even to the point that it is a criminal offense to administer or receive an abortion.

My personal opinion is that this is a flagrant violation of human rights and an attack on civil liberties. I believe that a woman has the right to control her own reproduction and her body, and I believe, for example, that forcing underage girls to carry raped babies to term is deeply immoral.

I also think the repeal of Roe and Casey is particularly egregious for a country that has a relatively high maternal mortality rate and also has no paid maternity leave and no universal or subsidized child care, in addition to other important issues. The United States of America is doing all it can to make motherhood a burden on the working class – and we have to be realistic about the fact that since abortion is accessible in virtually every other country on the planet , this means that the rich will still be able to have them.

Moreover, a careful examination of this opinion reveals that the Supreme Court, dominated by conservatives, wants to continue to impose its ideology by overturning more decisions. For example, Obergfell v. Hodges, the case that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage, or Lawrence v. Texas, the case that led to the decriminalization of homosexuality, 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 have continuously backfired. The Democratic Party claims to be a champion of women’s rights and always warns voters that Roe could be unseated if they don’t vote Dem. But every time Democrats had the chance to pass an abortion bill, they didn’t. To me, this question is just another example of how the Democratic Party is a controlled opposition.

For example, in 2007, candidate Barack Obama promised Planned Parenthood that “the first thing I would do as president” would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act. Even holding a federal trifecta for 72 working days, President Barack Obama failed to do so – and then later said the bill was “not my highest legislative priority.” After four years in power, that never happened; abortion has gone from a first-day priority to forever.

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The Democrats are again effectively in control of the government, with the White House, a majority in the House and a deciding vote in the Senate. Yes, it’s true that the legislation does indeed need a supermajority in the Senate through the filibuster — but mechanisms, like a reconciliation, exist that could see abortion slip through.

Instead of taking steps to codify abortion rights, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and James Clyburn were just in Texas campaigning for anti-choice Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar instead of his pro-choice opponent. choice. Jessica Cisneros. Meanwhile, on the same day, her office was sending out fundraising emails explaining the importance of advocating for abortion rights. Isn’t there a more perfect example of Democrat hypocrisy on this?

With a heated and hugely consequential midterm election coming up in November, Democrats are absolutely going to make the repudiation of abortion rights a key issue. They will craft their message to suggest that they are the party that will do anything to protect women and other groups who may be thrown under the bus in the years to come. Everything is false. The Democrats will do nothing – just as their record suggests.

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