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A hard ode to Roe

Of course I have to say something about the Supreme Court’s apparent intention to strike down Roe v Wade.

The first words that come to mind are “profound sadness.” Not for the political act itself (and it is fundamentally political, not legal) but for the reality that almost 50 years of women’s guaranteed reproductive rights meant nothing. For the rank hypocrisy too, meaning the secret abortions that Republican men (looking at you, Trump) have paid for over the years, hush hush, while in public they speak of the angelic fetus that deserves a name, social security number, and funeral if it doesn’t make it past six weeks in the uterus. Life begins at conception, they say, unless the mistress threatens to go to the press.

Almost more poignantly, I feel a profound sadness for the unplanned, unwanted, and neglected children who will be born into a world that doesn’t care about them once they shed their fetal wings. The right is cruel where children are concerned. Especially if they’re Black or Hispanic. Tough love. Personal responsibility. These kids will grow up in an American Black Hole of Calcutta, and blind eyes will be turned en masse.

Profound sadness, too, for all the women who will resort to dangerous procedures to end their pregnancies because they have no other choice. We all thought those days were forever behind us.

I remember how all of the radical conservatives on the court lied in their confirmation hearings about how Roe is settled law and they have nothing but respect for precedent and stare decisis. Not only did they lie to the American people, they lied to Susan Collins! (That is, they gave her political cover.) They lied knowing that this day would come. They knew if they were confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court, they would be time bombs ready to go off when the moment arrived.

Well, the moment has finally arrived. They’re fulfilling their destiny. And there’s nothing that can be done about it. Lifetime appointments have consequences.

It might sound shrill of me to warn about some other settled-law issues that could be at risk now, but I’ll do it anyway: birth control, gay marriage, racial discrimination, Brown v Board of Education. It’s important to realize that Roe is really about personal privacy, not abortion per se. That’s why its collapse could have unanticipated ripple effects all through society, though it should have been relatively easy to anticipate them, considering the rhetoric and actions of the right for years now. The GOP is a radical, revolutionary organization, not a political party. It’s deconstructing our democracy so it can cling to and increase its power to protect white, Christian supremacy.

It’s that simple. And the Roe decision is part of the game plan.

Profound sadness. This year’s elections are the last bastion of the status quo … or a tipping point we’ll never recover from.

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7 comments on “A hard ode to Roe

  1. pinklightsabre
    May 4, 2022

    Too true Kevin, thanks for saying something.

  2. Pamela Beckford
    May 4, 2022

    Women of child bearing age have never lived in a world where they didn’t have options. (This is kind of like what I have been saying about those of us who lived through the Cold War). They just don’t understand what a setback this will be. And many men won’t truly understand it either (exception given to the post author). This is a sadder day than many people understand. I have cried real tears over this and how women are marginalized and treated as less than (again). Nothing is said about consequences for men in unwanted pregnancies – they skate most of the time. And so many abortions are for medical reasons and have nothing to do with an unwanted pregnancy. Women’s lives will be lost.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 4, 2022

      Thanks for this heartfelt comment, Pamela. This issue is probably the main reason I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life, since that party adopted abortion as the first volley in the culture wars that have been raging since 1980. As many people have said, they played a long game, and it’s now come to fruition. The fight becomes impossibly hard now.

  3. Gary Trujillo
    May 4, 2022

    The toothless, WalMart crowd couldn’t imagine in their wildest dreams how these slimy and bourgeoise Republicans really live.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 4, 2022

      We all know Madison Cawthorn wasn’t talking about Democratic orgies …

  4. cinthiaritchie
    May 5, 2022

    So well said, Kevin. Thanks for writing this. I can’t say more because the whole issue makes me so goddamned mad that I can barely stand it.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 6, 2022

      Thank you, Cinthia. It’s just stunning that this bunch of political hacks is about to undo 50 years of women’s rights. With no accountability.

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