OPINIONISTA: Radical white evangelical fundamentalists have taken control of the US Supreme Court

2022-06-28 10:04:00 PM

The US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion is not one born out of democracy: it is an almost fascist takeover of a democratic institution essential for justice served in a democratic society.

The US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion is not one born out of democracy: it is an almost fascist takeover of a democratic institution essential for justice served in a democratic society.

The US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion is not one born out of democracy: it is an almost fascist takeover of a democratic institution essential for justice served in a democratic society.

Academy for Life saidthat “the fact that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world”.I am holding my breath – and no, I am not convinced that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position. Polls tell the opposite.

Obviously, the world would be a better place without abortion – but also without unwanted pregnancies and with programmes supporting single moms and difficult social situations. We all know that this is not happening, that there is a lot of lip service.

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Then one needs to say that the opposite is also true at the inception of Roe vs Wade. - both decisions, past and present were made by democratic processes enshrined in US law. Fascism is the outright control of the national government - control has now been returned to the state Rubbish! The decision is great. Abortion brings a great curse over a nation. Look where USA is today, on a fast downward path.

Wrong. The USA is a federation. Each state should have the right to its own laws. Centralise too much and we will have a Nazi state. Maybe we should follow the commandments of God and don't do adultery ie we should not f...k around so much. Garbage, over reaction. So abortion is democratic? Murder of babies is democratic? Utter rubbish.

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The Republican Party, the right-wingers and those deeply entrenched in a specific way of thinking are jubilant – and my Roman Catholic Church officially lauds the US Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision on abortion.26 June 2022 - 16:26 Kanishka Singh and Trevor Hunnicutt and Gabriella Borter Abortion rights demonstrators protest the day after the US Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v Women's Health Organization abortion case, overturning the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision, in Washington, US, on June 25 2022.Louisiana is one of 13 states with"trigger laws" designed to ban or severely restrict abortions once the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v.Louisiana is one of 13 states with"trigger laws" designed to ban or severely restrict abortions once the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v.

The Vatican’s Academy for Life said that “the fact that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world”. I am holding my breath – and no, I am not convinced that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position.  The sweeping ruling by the court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, was set to alter US life, with nearly half the states considered certain or likely to ban abortion. Polls tell the opposite. The clinic had argued Louisiana's three trigger law bans violated its due process rights under the state's constitution and"lack constitutionally required safeguards to prevent arbitrary enforcement. Obviously, the world would be a better place without abortion – but also without unwanted pregnancies and with programmes supporting single moms and difficult social situations. As the day progressed, the number of demonstrators outside the Supreme Court increased substantially. We all know that this is not happening, that there is a lot of lip service. Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Second, this is not a decision born out of democracy: it is an almost fascist takeover of a democratic institution essential for justice served in a democratic society. One protester carried a placard that said “limit guns, not women” in reference to another Supreme Court decision in the week expanding gun rights. He hailed the Supreme Court's decision on Friday, and at an event said that those who challenge the state's bans were"in for a rough fight. Since Donald Trump, the US has lost many facets of a functioning democratic system. Radical white evangelical fundamentalists have taken over the reins at the Supreme Court and are forcing their ill convictions onto society.” The man, who identified himself as Adam John, added: “The life in the womb matters, doesn’t it. Candidates for the Supreme Court bend the truth under questioning in their confirmation hearings – one could also say there were lies and deceit in the run-up to confirmation. In Louisiana, Hope Medical argued the state's laws make it impossible to tell when they are in effect, if one or all of them collectively are in force, and what exact conduct is prohibited, such as if exceptions exist to save a pregnant woman's life. We also heard about sexual harassment and more by one of the now elected judges – and we know that Mitch McConnell abused the system to avoid an Obama-proposed candidate. “The decision is implemented by states,” Biden said. That vagueness has resulted in state and local officials issuing conflicting statements about whether the trigger bans are in effect, the lawsuit in Orleans Civil District Court contended.

This is politics instead of justice, as a matter of fact. No, the end never justifies the means – and the hijacking of the American democratic experiment by white macho evangelical and Catholic hardliners is one of the greatest dangers to democratic means in the US; it is a great danger to long-fought-for liberties and civil rights.” The White House said it also would challenge any efforts by states to restrict women’s ability to travel out of their home state to seek an abortion. Fake news, lies and outright criminal activities against the laws of democracy, as the hearings in Washington bring to light, cannot be the base of a juridical decision of the highest court of the land. I cannot, and will not, celebrate an attack on the values of democracy. Meanwhile, a Vatican official, Andrea Tornielli, wrote in an editorial that anti-abortion activists should be concerned with other threats to life too, such as easy access to guns, poverty and rising maternity mortality rates. I am appalled to know that the reality is that poor women will bear the brunt and consequences of this decision – there will be illegal and dangerous abortion options with deadly consequences.

The writing is on the wall that – see the Alito and Thomas opinions – other basic rights will be on the chopping block in the future. The ruling had the support of all three justices appointed by Trump. Abortion in civil societies is a much-debated issue – and obviously the sanctity of life is at stake. But so is the sanctity of life attacked by the death penalty, by wars and certainly by current US gun laws. A Reuters-Ipsos poll last month found that about 71% of Americans, including majorities of Democrats and Republicans, said decisions about terminating a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor, rather than regulated by the government. The obvious schizophrenia of evangelical fundamentalists to pick what is convenient and to ignore or even promote the opposite of the rest is breathtaking. Once again: the end never justifies the means – celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision is ill-advised. The ruling is likely to loom large in the November 8 midterm elections, when Biden’s Democrats could lose their narrow majorities in Congress.

It brings more chaos and more division to society, and more danger towards the democratic institutions in the US. It will also cost lives. “They can ask for votes for more power but don’t they already have the Congress and the White House?” said Patricia Smith, an abortion rights supporter who went to the Supreme Court to protest. Obviously, religious institutions and faith-based groups can and should have an opinion and also participate in the public debate. But there are rules and ethics when it comes to how decisions in a democratic system are made. The abortion decision came one day after the court issued another landmark ruling finding that Americans have a constitutional right to carry a concealed gun for protection, leading them to invalidate a New York state law setting strict limits on concealed carry permits. If we are honest, we all have to admit: abortion will not disappear by a court decision, but by an openness of society to discuss sexuality, by means of avoiding pregnancy and by politics supporting children, single parents and families.

These are all things that religious fundamentalists and evangelical hardliners – and also organised religion – are not known for putting into practice. During a call with journalists on Saturday, a group of Democratic state attorneys-general said they would not use their offices to enforce abortion bans. Convincing people in a democracy to do the right thing (whatever that is) is always a process of words and deeds, but also carries the freedom of those we try to convince to say “no”. We people of faith are part of this process, but in my humble view we can never support supreme decisions which are based on lies, deceit, political gambling and hardly covered intentions born out of private religious fundamentalist convictions. Reuters. The decision in the matter of Roe v Wade is at the end a disservice to the aim of avoiding unwanted pregnancies and of acknowledging reality; it will polarise and militarise those in favour of or against it, and it brings into disrepute the standing of one of the most important institutions in a democracy. And the victims in all this are at the end, again: women.

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