GOP's Anti-Abortion Agenda

“You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”

Hillary Clinton, American Politician, US Senator, and Secretary of State

“The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

“The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior: power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their womanhood, their rights and responsibilities.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction

GOP's Anti-Abortion Agenda

GOP’s Anti-Abortion Agenda takes a brief look at recent events as fallout from the Supreme Court Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that found abortion guaranteed as a private decision between a woman and her physician. In the wake of Dobbs, Republican-controlled states passed several draconian anti-abortion legislation. Many of these created felony murder charges that apply to both the woman and any physician who performs an abortion. Is this a step into Gilead and the utter subjugation of women in the United States?

In a shocking move by the Fifth Circuit Court, pregnant women’s lives stand devalued in favor of a dangerous anti-abortion ideology. The recent decision, following the Dobbs ruling, highlights a disturbing trend in Republican-controlled states. They are pushing draconian abortion laws, jeopardizing women’s health.

The Handmaid’s Court: GOP’s Anti-Abortion Agenda

The Handmaid’s Court, as it’s aptly called, diminishes the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), a crucial safeguard since 1986. If this is upheld by SCOTUS, pregnant women, especially in GOP strongholds, face a difficult situation. The result could mean their lives take a backseat to the controversial pro-life agenda.

This is not merely an abstract legal battle but a tangible threat to women’s lives. Texas, under the leadership of Ken Paxton, has taken the lead. By demanding priority for fetuses over pregnant women in life-saving situations. The court’s insistence on equating fetuses to children disregards the real and immediate risks to mothers.

Misogyny on Steroids

The decision exposes the deep-rooted misogyny within the anti-abortion, pro-life movement. Instead of safeguarding women’s health, the GOP, fueled by the Dobbs decision, prioritizes a questionable moral stance, putting women at the mercy of dangerous legislation.

The impact is stark: doctors face felony charges for performing abortions, even when necessary to save the mother’s life. This extreme stance is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian world in The Handmaid’s Tale. Gilead, a place where women are subjugated to the whims of a patriarchal society.

GOP’s Anti-Abortion Agenda: A Dystopian Reality

As we face this regressive turn, there’s a real concern that we’re entering a dystopian reality. The anti-abortion cabal’s influence in overturning Roe v. Wade and the subsequent push for punitive laws echo a narrative where women’s lives are expendable for ideological gains.

The immediate battle isn’t just about abortion but a broader assault on women’s rights. The GOP’s strategy, rooted in Reagan-era policies, has found new life, threatening to undo decades of progress. The 38-year-long scam might finally be at a tipping point, as the blatant disregard for women’s lives becomes too egregious to ignore.

In this critical moment, the electorate must rise against this misogynistic wave. It’s a call for rationality, for voters to see beyond the divisive rhetoric and understand the genuine dangers.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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