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Could this be the end of Roe vs Wade?

16 July 2018

12:04 PM

16 July 2018

12:04 PM

Well, President Trump continues to defy his critics’ dire predictions of economic catastrophe and political Armageddon. First, there is the fact that the US economy is growing strongly. Then there have been his constructive diplomatic initiatives between North and South Korea. And now, there’s this: Trump’s latest nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a senior appellate court judge in the District of Columbia, will mean that the US Supreme Court will be dominated by political conservatives who are especially committed to uphold the sanctity of human life. Just note the unequivocal response to the issue by the Vice President, Mike Pence.

While I have argued previously that there are substantial non-religious reasons why many conservatives are pro-life, the very real possibility of something as politically monumental as the overturning Roe vs Wade—which legalised abortion in the US—has sent progressives into apoplexy even before Trump’s nomination was announced. (For an excellent analysis of the leftist response in Australian by the, ‘there’s-no-bias-here’, ABC see the excellent piece by David Long). Significantly, Norma McCorvey—the ‘Jane Roe’ behind the infamous legal decision—never went on to have an abortion. In fact, she later became a professing Christian and passionately pro-life!

However, you probably aren’t aware of any of this is because, as Noah Rothman argues, the left no longer merely support abortion, they practically worship it. Exhibit A: Michelle Wolf. (Yes, the same Balladesque ‘comedian’ who spoke at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner earlier this year).

Then there is Exhibit B and this piece from The Huffington Post: There’s a Special Place in Hell for Women Who Gut Abortion Rights. You really have to read that headline twice to let the full weight of it sink in. Yes, those who prevent women from continuing to kill their unborn children will, apparently, face the wrath of God. That’s how irrational and spiteful progressives have become. They’ve even created their own bizarrely blasphemous organisation, ‘God Bless Abortion’.

All of which brings us to Exhibit C: Amy Coney Barrett. The person that many in the media feared would be given the nod by Trump, but in the end, didn’t. According to The Weekend Australian, “Barrett is deeply conservative, Catholic and the mother of seven children, including two that she adopted from Haiti.” Not only that, but being a woman—can I still use that term, or is it too gender binary? —would have made it even more difficult for those who are pro-choice to accuse her of ‘sexism’.

According to Politico, Barrett is already something of a superstar amongst the religious right. The American equivalent of a Jacob-Rees Mogg. This is because, according to The Huffington Post:

Last year, during her confirmation hearing for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, she was famously told by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), “Dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case… when [one reads] your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Did you hear that? Anyone with religious beliefs is now not allowed to express their views in the public square. That’s a privilege and prerogative only for atheistic progressives! But if the statement, “the dogma lives loudly within you”, is offensive to you, or maybe even sounds like something out of Star Wars, then you’re not alone. That little by-line has given birth—pun intended—to a veritable cottage industry of memes, T-Shirts and coffee mugs:

Of course, the left was never going to let someone as intelligent or influential as this get away scot-free. And they’ve already been busy, furiously digging up any dirt they can find. But the best they can come up with is, “She belongs to the People of Praise, a small and secretive Christian group that demands a lifelong oath of loyalty. It has male advisers known as heads and female mentors known, until recently, as handmaidens.”

Yes, that’s right, the female members were called ‘handmaidens’, aka, Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaids Tale, which is itself a deftly written piece of anti-Christian fictional propaganda. #triggered. Out of interest I watched a couple of episodes on SBS—my hard-earned tax dollars at work—and was immediately struck by the hypocrisy of the show’s central premise. You see, to Attwood’s way of thinking, people who follow Jesus are the ones who act as sexual tyrants to make the world more fertile. Why? Because the rest of humanity has poisoned itself into sterility. But isn’t this precisely what the decision to abort an unborn child does…?

What I don’t get is how the left can so blindly champion an open borders policy—while keeping their own personal properties protected—but they are also the very ones who are so militant against what we might call an ‘open womb philosophy’. The least they could do is show some consistency. As Charlie Kirk tweeted:

Growing up in the 1970s and 80s I had the impression that the Berlin Wall would always be there. It was a potent political symbol that literarily divided an entire nation in two. But then —almost overnight it seemed—after twenty-eight years, it was suddenly gone. And with the imminent appointment of a new Supreme Court judge in the United States there’s a very real possibility that the until now unthinkable could happen… the infamous Roe vs Wade decision, which first legalised abortion in that country, could actually be overturned.

Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.

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