Bring Back Roe v. Wade, Then Codify
Bring Back Roe v. Wade, Then Codify
Why this petition matters
The United States is at risk of losing fundamental human rights by the day due to an imbalance of power within the branches government by an evangelical influence within the Republican Party, most notably with SCOTUS and the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022 that has eradicated over 50 years of national protection for women to practice the freedom of speech through bodily autonomy with the practice of safe and legal abortions and the access to safe family planning.
This decision has now let individual states to be able to dictate a woman’s right to their body and ability to plan a family safely. Many states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and potentially more to come) have implemented bans, trigger bans, or the like to severely restrict a woman’s ability and fundamental right to receive a safe and legal abortion, regardless of situation or status.
This ruling is unjustly and unlawfully rooted in the personal Christian ideology of the right winged justices of SCOTUS: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Listed above have claimed to be of the Catholic belief. This Christian ideology has not only influenced the mentioned justices, but also states with Republican majority in their government.
“‘The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.’ So said Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearings for a seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.” - Mathew J. Franck of the Wall Street Journal
The evangelical influence on the Republican Party can be proven in the Report of the Permanent 2022 Platform & Resolutions Committee document of the Republican Party of Texas (a referendum to secede from the union) stating in lines 185-186 that they would objectively want:
Prayer, Bible, and Ten Commandments in Schools: We support prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments being returned to our schools, courthouses, and other government buildings.
Another Evangelical influence can be proven by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) in an article published by gop.gov titled “Why I’m Pro-Life” on January 27, 2017 stating:
“It was at an early age that I learned about the sanctity of life. From the Sunday School songs that echoed themes like, “we are all precious in His sight,” or “little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong.” Life was the original gift given to all of us by our creator. And it was only God who could take it away.”
Though he states that, “Let me say that I am not naïve enough to believe that everyone holds my same strong connection between religious belief and belief in the sanctity of life. Yet, no matter what someone believes or doesn’t believe, everyone understands that life is precious and it is a gift. That’s why I find abortion so troubling.” This rooted belief may not have taken place without the early influence of Christian ideology.
There are deeper influences and examples as to which the far-right evangelical belief of Pro-Life has infiltrated and infected the Republican Party of the United States and it’s reasoning and decision making for restricting women and other minorities’ rights to practice freedom of speech through personal choice of how to go about their bodily autonomy. The believed reasoning for banning abortions is that all “life” is precious, sacred, and to be protected. If that is the case, than the mother’s life and personal choices must be seen at the highest level possible first because of the legal definition of what a “life” is:
3. For many purposes, however, life is considered as begun from the moment of contraception in ventre sa mere. Vide Foetus. But, in order to acquire and transfer civil rights the child must be born alive. - A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
Christians and non-Christians alike have different definitions on what is considered “life” due to their own metaphysical/non-metaphysical beliefs and this should not be decided by one court of justices whom side with a Catholic belief system while the unborn “life” has yet to acquire any civil rights of these United States. This decision ought to be made by the mothering individual to whom their religious affiliation/personal beliefs and their own personal “life” belongs to and to whom has the mentioned above civil rights to make the safest and healthiest decisions for themselves first before any unborn life.
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to have abortion rights dictated by individual states, ones specifically of a Republican representation that choose to eliminate abortions due to a religious dogma goes directly against the First Amendment of the United States Constitution that states:
”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peacefully assemble; and to petition the government for redress of grievances.”
This apparent and bold unification of church and state in the political government of the United States of America has caused significant damages to the freedoms of it’s people through restriction of practices of freedom of speech by the act of how one chooses to use bodily autonomy as it concerns the health and well-being of that singular individual.
Abortion is healthcare. Family planning is healthcare. How women choose to protect their bodies is healthcare, and we need to bring this obvious concern to light by practicing our First Amendment rights to petition the government and it’s abuse of using religion to justify it’s lawmaking. This petition is that exact practice of our rights, to bring back Roe v. Wade, and to codify it into federal law.
The courts are meant to extend and and establish rights, not take them away. The overturning of Roe v. Wade is just the beginning of our fundamental rights being stripped away by a building Christofacist theocracy within the Republican Party and now is the time to act.
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(Side note: If the act monitory donations to political parties is a form of free speech, than so is the right to choose to have an abortion and/or who to marry.)