October 1, 2018

There have been a lot of emotional statements tossed around in the last two weeks Facebook has many pictures with Kavanaugh as evil, Trump as fascist, and Hilary as an opportunist, who supports no one but herself and doesn’t care about the women her husband attacked; democrats and republicans who care about agenda, and not the abusers from their own party. There really is little sense in trying to talk to anyone anymore.  No one changes his mind.  We choose a network to watch, think it is fair and objective, and claim the other is a pawn for the opposite party, with reporting being a thing of the past. We repost on Facebook, and get likes from those who agree and a viscous argument from those who don’t.

There are three or four books on the New York Times best seller list, representing the left or right. I suspect that not a single mind has been changed, but many hardened and think justified.

We are in trouble.

Our voices are shrill.  The other guy won’t listen.  Roe v. Wade will be overturned!  Women will be killed seeking back alley abortions!  The constitutional right to an abortion will be gone!

I asked myself, “What is Roe v. Wade?  Is there a constitutional right to an abortion?”

I decided to have a look.  I am not an attorney, but I know how to read.  As soon as I googled Roe V Wade, I was bombarded by pop up windows from both sides.

In 1973, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendmentextended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s interests in regulating abortions.

That made sense. Also in the search was:

Roe v. Wadewhich was decided by the Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, affirms the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion. More than 40 years later, Americans overwhelmingly support the decision.

No, it didn’t.  A woman has no right to an abortion according to the constitution.  She has a right to privacy. However, once the fetus becomes viable (a person), it has the guarantee of due process.

The Constitution is a restraint on government.  U.S. exceptionalism is based on the premise that rights come from God, not government. The Founders, flawed men all, wrote the constitution based on constraining government.  It was a set of ideals, and no, it was not applied to every race, sex, and culture.  If it had not been written, I shudder to think where we would be. There are those who want to see the role of the Court as “social Justice.”  Justice needs no modifier.  The failure of the executive and legislative branches to perform, where the objective is re-election, not legislation, has resulted in the judicial branch as an extension of the party in power. We have reaped what we have sown.

As a Libertarian, I love my country and I fear my government. I prefer the power of the states to those of the federal government.  John Kennedy sent troops into Alabama because the constitutional rights of Americans were being violated.  It was his responsibility to defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

I might not like the idea of abortion.  I might believe in life at conception, based on my religion.  The role of government has to be constrained, and cannot act based on my beliefs.   The right to privacy has to take precedent. The hard part, I guess, is when to provide protection for the fetus.  The government decided that it was to be at viability, meaning the rights of two people come into consideration.

I looked up a few statistics.

Many abortions are not chosen by women, but children under the age of 18, starting at 13 years old. 50% are women under 25. 65% are performed on women who have never been married. 55% are women who are black or Hispanic.  An unmarried women or girl under 22 who does not get an abortion has an 80% chance of living in poverty.

40% of women have had an abortion. 10% will have an abortion before they are 20, 25% by age 30. If you read the statistics charts, there is a spike after women are 40 years old.

24% are Catholic, 13% evangelical Protestant, and 14% mainline Protestant. Most give no religion.  91% abortions are in the first trimester (Fox News.) Those who  have abortions in the second trimester are mostly young minorities, those will little education, poor access to health care, and children who were afraid to tell anyone.

It is hard to argue that very young women and girls understand much about the right to privacy.

I am not defending abortion.  I think no one has a right to one, and I wish people would stop yelling about a woman’s right to choose and a constitutional right to an abortion.  The decision was, that everyone has a right to privacy, balanced against the rights once two people are involved.  As a Libertarian, I choose the rights of the individual (not man, not woman.)

I have no idea when life starts.  If it is at conception, then God will sort it out. I hope the Court got it right, or there won’t be many women for me to hang out with in heaven.

Let’s see what kind of messages I get from this. Will anyone agree?  Will I lose my friends?

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “October 1, 2018

  1. John…this post is exactly what I have come to expect, and look forward to, from you: balanced, thoughtful, and deeply fair-minded. Thanks for a breath of fresh air in these lunatic times. My natural predilection is just to keep my mouth shut. Maybe I’m a coward? I don’t know. I tell myself I stay quiet because I respect everyone’s opinion, even when in profound disagreement. Again, I don’t know. As you say…whose mind am I going to change? And who the hell cares what I think?

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