Roe v. Wade and Republican Haterade
The Two Party Hypocrisy Over The Right To Choose
In early May, Politico dropped a bombshell of a news story on the U.S. populace with the publication of a leaked draft decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Written by the freakishly conservative Justice Samuel Alito, this decision would effectively strike down with a vengeance the historic Roe v. Wade ruling that has protected and codified a woman’s right to choose since 1973. Naturally, this leak has enflamed all sides of the political spectrum in this country and further exposed the ugly hypocrisy that rules our two political parties.
On one side you have the Democratic Party whose leaders and influencers, when faced with Politico’s revelations, chose to simply tell their base to just vote harder in this years upcoming mid-term elections. Yes, after years of broken campaign promises to protect and enshrine Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, the Grand Poobah’s of the Democratic Party appear to be turning to the worn out copy of their climate change playbook of inaction. Choosing to just sit on their hands and campaign rather than go through the actual work of rallying their majority in Congress and utilizing the power of their Presidency to try and put a stop to this impending disaster.
As Lexi McMenamin writes in Teen People…
“…the Democrats woke up in power and only remembered how to blame the people that got them there, rather than take any responsibility … One could argue that under an administration ostensibly so committed to defending this right, it should already fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect it…”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle you’ve got treasure troves of Republican Party hacks, like Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, losing their collective minds over the publication of this leaked draft opinion. Claiming on Fox News that the leak…
“…is one of the most egregious violations of the sanctity of the U.S. Supreme Court. And I hope there will be serious consequences to it.”
This is especially rich coming from the same party that, to this day, has done everything it can to dodge any kind of responsibility or accountability for President Donald Trump’s attempted coup d'état on January 6th. I mean, let’s be honest Rep. Crenshaw, when it comes to respecting the institutions of government one would be pretty hard pressed to come up with a more egregious form of disrespect than a President and his party loyalists falsely claiming an election was rigged against him and then frothing up his base into such a frenzy that they attempted a hostile takeover of our constitutional processes.
Political hypocrisy at its finest.
Sadly, this kind of hypocrisy has drenched the debate over Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose in this country for generations. And most, if not all, of that hypocrisy has come directly from the Republican Party.
For example, one of the Republican Party’s basic tenants is their so-called belief in smaller government and individual liberty. Go check out any Republican stump speech this upcoming mid-term and I guarantee you that your ears will be ringing from an endless tirade on how we need to reign in big government and take back our individual rights and liberty’s from the evil woke Democratic Party Antifa hordes. It’s the peanut butter and jelly of any good Republican campaign today. But ultimately it’s all just campaign lip service. I mean, what could possibly be a better example of over-reaching big government and the evisceration of individual liberty than taking away a woman’s right to make medical decisions regarding her own body?
What makes this especially hypocritical is having witnessed so many so-called conservatives and Republican Party acolytes become so unhinged over mask and vaccine mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like our good buddy Rep. Crenshaw who, when introducing the Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act, stated…
“The last thing that Americans need right now is another mandate that further prevents hardworking citizens from having the freedom to live their lives. Americans should have the right to make the best decision for themselves when it comes to getting the COVID vaccine. As lawmakers, what we need to do is educate the public in an honest way about the vaccine, and then allow them to make the choice for themselves.”
If you substitute the words “COVID” and “Vaccine” with “Pregnancy Termination” or “Abortion” in the above statement, you’d have a very sound and thoughtful argument for the protection of bodily autonomy and the individual rights of women. I guess Republicans only want to protect bodily autonomy from overreaching government when it suits them.
As a side note; I’m only singling out Rep. Crenshaw repeatedly on this issue because his comments on the Supreme Court leak happened to be the first Republican quote that popped up in the various Google and database searches conducted in researching this article. It’s not meant to be a personal attack. His public stances and hypocrisies on these issues appear to be pretty reflective of most card carrying Republicans today. Sorry Congressman, but you were the one sheep I happened to pick out of the herd.
Over the last few years and especially in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision, Republican controlled state legislatures have been voraciously passing anti-choice legislation at an alarming rate. One of the most horrific of these bans was enacted in the Lone Star state of Texas. As the New York Times reported back in September of 2021…
The new law in Texas effectively banning most abortions has ignited widespread controversy and debate, in part because of the mechanism it uses to enforce the restrictions: deputizing ordinary people to sue those involved in performing abortions and giving them a financial incentive to do so.
The law establishes a kind of bounty system. If these vigilante plaintiffs are successful, the law allows them to collect cash judgments of $10,000 — and their legal fees — from those they sue. If they lose, they do not have to pay the defendants’ legal costs.
In a throw back to their Wild West, jangling spurs, and smoking six-shooter roots Republicans in Texas, in their fealty to the Religious Right, now have a bounty system in place to combat the freedom of choice.
Well, we here at Die First, Then Quit feel that those Texas Republicans didn’t go far enough with that law of theirs. If you’re going to put bounty’s on those responsible for abortions, why waste time with Planned Parenthood, Gynecologists and their Uber Driver’s? Instead, go after the real cause of abortions in Texas and across the United States of America… Men.
Yes, the real cause of these so-called womb based homicides are undoubtedly, men. After all, isn’t it a man’s sperm who got the woman pregnant in the first place? Contrary to what the Bible teaches us, women don’t just magically get pregnant by themselves. If the child is then aborted shouldn’t the one who caused the unplanned pregnancy be the one who is held legally accountable? It’s the man who failed to NOT get her pregnant. She shouldn’t be held accountable if her partner’s pull out game is weak. But let’s not stop there, with Republican’s also talking about banning Plan B and other forms of contraception, I think we should go after Viagra as well. How many abortions could have been prevented if older men weren’t popping Viagra’s like M&M’s. Besides Republicans, doesn’t Viagra goes against God’s will? If he can’t get it up naturally, then clearly it’s God’s will and that man shouldn’t be having sex and making babies.
I’m confused. Why aren’t all you so-called God fearing Republicans reading this and jumping up and down with ecstasy over my proposals? Are we not just following your own ludicrous logic?
Now, clearly these last few paragraphs were written with tongue firmly planted in cheek but, honestly, doesn’t this thought experiment prove just how ridiculous these laws are?
In all seriousness, with the Supreme Court possibly set to overturn Roe v. Wade at the end of June, effectively shredding the guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights, let’s cut through all the bullshit and spin and call this for what it truly is… an outright attack on women. Not only is it an attack on their bodily autonomy but it is also an attack on their individual rights as well.
Abortion laws are not about protecting the unborn child or fetus. If the health and safety of the baby was truly at the heart of the Republican’s fervor over outlawing Roe v. Wade then you would also see them unequivocally supporting paid parental leave, child care tax credits, universal health care, and every other humane social safety net out there. But they do not. Why? Because the Republican Party doesn’t give a damn about a child after its born or at least not until that child grows up into an old, very rich, white man.
No, these laws are about the control and subjugation of women and, as I mentioned before, the Republican Party’s fealty to the voting block of the Religious Right. They want votes, just like the Democrats, and to hell with your suffering and rights. Remember, with these two political parties it’s always, ALWAYS, going to come back to maintaining their political power.