In today’s episode, as much as I would like to move to a different subject, it’s hard to not get sucked into the continued imbroglio surrounding Roe v. Wade. Initially, a few days ago, I approached the news cycle solely as it related to the leak. This is still the most important element and I am hoping they find the perpetrator and throw the book at him or her. The following show, I wondered if the leak was designed to help Democrats with the upcoming midterms. While I am sure the leaker and other extremists believe it will, it doesn’t seem likely, especially this far out from November.
Today, I decided to tackle what would repealing Roe v. Wade really mean for our country? Did you know, that of all the nations of the world, the United States is only 1 of 7 that allows abortion (in some states) past 20 months? With Roe in place, it paints the entirety of the US as a pariah to the world with such barbaric practices.
The former Director of Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson, weighed into the discussion and believes in a truly democratic-republic, this issue should have always been a state-by-state issue. She realizes the leaker is bent on creating turmoil and trying to threaten justices to change their minds. In other words, instead of allowing the third branch of government to carry out its Constitutional duty, unmolested by politics, they have now been highly politicized in an effort for the Left to exert it’s will. As a pro-life realist (I do think there is room for some reasonable abortion laws), I have not been happy about the invention of a “right” to terminate the life of an unborn child. And before anyone gets upset at me, I am just using the exact terminology used by President Biden and Whoopi Goldberg over the past few days.
Overturning Roe v. Wade would remove some of the stigma that the US is ghastly and barbaric in it’s abortion views, at least for a large portion of the country. Yes, there will still be states who will want to grant one up to birth or maybe even within a few days, as California seems to be headed. But, at least there will not be a one-size-fits-all approach to a country of over 330 million people.
Getting rid of Roe also removes the pretzel-logic invention of a right that does not exist anywhere in the Constitution. That confusion has likely been at the heart of so much debate and consternation over the last five decades.
Finally, when looking at an AP poll from 2021, 80% of Americans do not think abortion should happen anywhere in the 3rd trimester, or after 24 weeks. 65% of Americans think it should be illegal starting with the 2nd trimester, or at around 12 weeks. What we see is the vast majority feel this is something that should be decided within the 1st trimester, which is where many of the more “conservative” states have been trending and where the Heartbeat Bills derive. It’s not perfect for all pro-life people, but nothing ever is. But, returning the discussion back to the people might be one of the most democratic things to have happened in a long time in our country.