Tuesday 28 June 2022

Roe vs Wade

Several people have asked me what I think of the Roe vs Wade scandal. I am not American so it is not my direct business, but such a landmark legal ruling could have significant reverberations for the rights of the unborn in other countries, as this article explains: https://www.marchforlife.co.uk/2022/06/24/roe-v-wade-is-overturned-what-does-this-mean-for-the-uk/. Obviously people wanted my opinion because I am known to be a staunch pro-lifer (the answer to that question is: yes I would) and so I thought I'd better write a post about it. In a way I see the loss of Roe as a bit of a storm in a teacup. The right to have abortions will not be affected in most parts of the United States following this ruling. The worst that could happen, from a pro-abortion position, is that a few women might have to travel some distance to have the procedure. Roe vs Wade was passed into law by the US Supreme Court in 1973 following a suit by an anonymous female Texan. "Jane Roe", or "John Doe" for a male, is an American legal term used when a person's name in unknown or cannot be revealed. She claimed to have had a baby in 1970 as a result of being gang-raped. Many years later she reversed this claim and asserted that this had been a lie. SCOTUS repealed Roe vs Wade on June the 4th 2022 on the grounds that the right to terminate a pregnancy was not deeply rooted in America's history or tradition and was not considered a right when the Due Process clause was ratified in 1868. News of this case was leaked prematurely to the media. This programme provides a good commentary: https://odysee.com/@lotuseaters_com:1/the-podcast-of-the-lotus-eaters-423-27-06-2022:b.
The response from the pro-abortion community, which is most people to a greater or lesser degree, has been outrage. Like a lot of leftwing tantrums, this one has been more amusing than anything else. It has mostly involved people running around on the streets waving crudely made rainbow coloured placards and screaming in fury. Also some celebrities have made insipid public statements. One group of women has organized a "sex strike". This idea goes right back to the dawn of second-wave feminism; I think the first example was some time in the 1960's. However, only a tiny minority of women will go along with it, even among the proportion of women who self-identify as feminists, which is currently about eight percent and shrinking. Seeing as the remaining hardcore tend to be extremely unappealing, in both appearance and personality, we chaps are not particularly bothered. (It is a chilling revelation of how deep the pathology of feminism goes that making oneself as ugly as possible is considered an act of feminine rebellion. This is why they deliberately put on weight, shave their hair or dye it unnatural colours, overuse piercing jewellery and wear stupid clothes etc.) You have to realize that the United States of America is not a singular country; it is a federation. It consists of fifty separate semi-independent nations which have a lot of political autonomy. Roe vs Wade asserted that all women in all the states had a right to terminate their pregnancies. Its repeal merely means that the federal authorities can no longer dictate that and the issue is left up to the individual states to decide. Seeing as only fourteen of the fifty states have outlawed abortion, there is nothing to prevent a woman having one if she's willing to make the journey. It is rather like women of Ireland crossing the Irish Sea to have abortions in Liverpool and Holyhead; before the repeal of the Eighth, see below. There are thirteen US states in which the right to abortion is enshrined in state law. Intellectually, I think most of the people protesting know this deep down. I suspect their outburst is really because this is a symbolic victory for people who, for the most part, are conservative white males (ugh!), and this demographic cannot ever be allowed to enjoy any victory. This is why the same people rioted over the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. Obviously, as somebody who asserts the human right to life from conception and not just birth, the striking down of Roe doesn't really have any effect that I would like to see. It is a symbolic triumph; that's the most I can say about it. After a while, the "pro-choice" brigade will calm down and things will continue as normal.
See here for background: https://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.com/2018/05/irish-pro-abortion-victory.html.
And: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2021/09/march-for-life.html.


Anonymous said...

Clueless, out of touch with overtones of misogynistic attitude.

The suggestion that the overturning of 'Roe v Wade' will result in nothing more than women travelling a bit further is absolutely staggering ignorance, especially for someone living in the UK adjacent to Ireland with it's previous abortion restrictions and even N.Ireland which hasn't fallen into step with the rest of the UK law in that regard. Do you realise how many children where given to the church to be murdered in orphanages or how many women died and the 170,000 that travelled to the UK that could afford to is a tiny percentage of those that attempted back street abortions?

You need to understand that teenagers and those women without the financial means to travel large distances are basically stuffed How many times does the UK fit into the us in land mass Ben?. It will also be illegal to facilitate women doing this in some states with lengthy prison sentences if you think they can all hop on a bus.

You also seem oblivious to the statement and actions of Clarence Thomas calling for the overturning precedents on contraception if you want to understand why there is some calls from 'feminists' to refrain from sex in protest.


You might want to also understand the resulting deaths that could occur with this ruling similar to that of Savita Halappanavar which prompted protests and the repeal of the 8th in Ireland in 2018 when she was unable to have an abortion despite her life being in danger and the child being in the process of being miscarried.

I don't think it even needs to mentioned the untold psychological harm of rape and incest victims being forced to carry full term...

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

Anon, what pile of cultural Marxist, anti-white anti-male crap you talk.
Every point you make I debunk in my film "March for Life".
The only reason you're hear to pontificate over this matter while picking at whatever crumbs of victimhood cheese cake you're entitled to is because YOUR mother "chose" not to abort you. I'm willing to bet a lot of money that you approve of her decision. But back then you had no say in the matter. The silence and helplessness of the unborn is the only reason abortion is legal! It's the ultimate in bulling.