Monday, February 15, 2021

A Turning Point for Abortion?

 From CNA:

Joe v. Wade is of course the Supreme Court decision in which the court struck down all state laws against abortion and legalized the practice nationwide. In a notably nasty touch, the Biden-Harris statement was released on the 48th anniversary of that infamous ruling.

As for “codifying” Roe, Biden almost certainly means pushing Congress to enact a sweeping pro-abortion bill called the Women’s Health Protection Act. The legislation, which has been kicking around in Congress for years, has little do with protecting women’s health and everything to do with making America the world’s pacesetter in permissive abortion.

The bill is best described as a kind of abortion rights catchall. Along with establishing a federal statutory right to abortion, it would sweep aside any and all state enactments that set limits to abortion and establish conditions for it to be performed. That includes measures barring late-term abortions, prescribing pre-abortion waiting periods and ultrasounds, and requiring that parents of minors who are seeking abortions be notified.

Biden’s promise to push for enactment of this frightful bill comes as the prolife and pro-choice sides wait to see whether the Supreme Court will agree to review a case that many people think could produce a landmark ruling significantly modifying the Roe decision.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, comes from Mississippi and involves a state law called the Gestational Age Act, enacted in 2018, that bars virtually all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. Dobbs is Dr. Thomas E. Dobbs, the state’s chief medical officer. The Women’s Health Organization, located in Jackson, is Mississippi’s only abortion facility.

The state is asking the Supreme Court to review and reverse a December 2019 ruling by the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals which upheld a district court decision that overturned the law. Among the groups supporting Mississippi in its appeal are the state’s two Catholic dioceses, Jackson and Biloxi.

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Sansa said...

It is sad that a man like Biden who claims to be a Catholic support a bill that kills babies. All Christian's regardless of denomination should be against killing babies.
Abortion has nothing to do with women's health and rights.

elena maria vidal said...

Exactly. Babies' rights are human rights. The pro-life cause should transcend party politics.

julygirl said...

The proponents of abortion themselves do not like to refer to the hideous act by its name. Calling it a "women's health issue" is the most absurd terminology.

Sansa said...

The term "women's health issue" is a distraction from what is practiced, and that is killing babies.

elena maria vidal said...

I agree, Sansa. And you are so right, Julygirl!