Abortion and gender dysphoria are serious issues that deserve serious discussion. But you’d never know if you listen to Connecticut’s two US Senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. They only offer hysteria to anger their supporters and fan the flames of the Kulturkampf.
According to Blumenthal, the leaked draft Supreme Court decision reversing its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade lifts, “a terrifying moment that would cause countless women and their families a major setback at incalculable cost and chaos.” … Roe v. Toppling Wade would abandon American women and leave them alone.”
huh? “Incalculable costs and chaos” because the states and Congress would regain the power to legislate on abortion through the ordinary democratic process? Blumenthal makes it sound like nine unelected judges are plotting to set abortion law across the country, when in fact they are preparing to do so dispense the judicial authority to do so.
And how would Roe’s reversal leave women “abandoned and alone” if they retained all their other constitutional and legal rights? If all women in the country stood up for codification of abortion rights, those rights would be codified everywhere. Such rights are not codified by certain states and by Congress precisely because many women disagree with Blumenthal’s abortion bigotry, not because they are “abandoned and alone.”
The small protest against the draft decision of the court concerns the actual question before the court: what does the constitution require? In fact, apart from legal scholars and serious journalists, few people have read the draft decision and its dozens of footnotes. Almost all protests against the draft decision are about something completely different: What should abortion policy look like? Most protesters against the draft decision seem to think that the Constitution requires what they want and forbids what they don’t like.
Some people argue that the court should not reverse precedent. Yet the court has often done so, as in the odious precedent in favor of racial segregation, Plessy v. Ferguson. This precedent stood for 58 years before it was reversed, nine years longer than the Roe decision was in effect, and conforming to Plessy’s reversal was far more disruptive than conforming to Roe’s reversal.
As a policy, not a law, Roe arguably got abortion right – that it should be left to the individual before the viability of the fetus, whereupon the state has a fair interest in legislation, including legislation to protect the life of the unborn child.
Aside from saving a woman’s life in the midst of a rare complication, there’s no good reason for a post-viability abortion. After all, this is the age of free birth control, free morning-after pills, free pre-fetal abortion, and free drop-off of unwanted babies in hospital emergency rooms.
While some states seem intent on banning abortion in the long term, the policies outlined in Roe could make sense for most people and be legislated by most states and Congress if democracy works on the issue.
Some people call Roe’s inversion “radical.” But far more radical is post-profit abortion, which has become legal by court order virtually everywhere in the country.
Last month, anti-abortion activists somehow got their hands on a medical waste truck carrying the mutilated bodies of late-term fetuses being aborted at a Washington, DC clinic. Photos of the bodies have been released. If the bodies had been found on a ruined street in Mariupol, no one except perhaps Vladimir Putin would deny their humanity and that a right to life had been ruthlessly violated.
As for Senator Murphy, he denounces anyone who doesn’t ride the transgender train with him as a “thug.”
He accuses transgender students of being prevented from doing sports. However, they are free to exercise because of their biological sex. He complains that transgender students are not allowed to use toilets that match their gender identity. However, this is only a matter of longstanding sexual privacy and safety. He complains about attempts to ban minors from sex reassignment therapy. But such therapy often has harmful consequences that minors cannot fully appreciate.
Raising these objections to transgenderism is not “bullying.” it’s a fight The bully here is Murphy himself.