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April 9, 2024

Get Trump Out of Your Uterus

If you are a woman, or even a fair minded man you have to be aware that it was Donald J. Trump who did away with Roe v. Wade. It was this man, and this man alone who has created hardship for women across America. “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone,”–Donald J. Trump. It was Trump along with the aid of Moscow Mitch McConnell who packed the Supreme Court with anti abortion pro life judges. First they stole a Supreme Court seat from Barack Obama after Antonin Scalia died by saying let the people decide during the upcoming election which was 10 months away. He filled that seat with Justice Neil Gorsuch who lied his ass off during his senate approval hearing. Then after Ruth Bader Ginsburg died only a month before the next election McConnell abandoned his former stand on let the people decide by rushing a hearing on Justice Amy Coney Barrett who also led her ass off about her stand on Roe v. Wade. In the interim Trump appointed Brett Kavanaugh another Justice who lied his ass off during his senate hearing.

The question is where did this stand of so-called prolife people come from? If you listen to them talk you would believe that is came straight from God, or at least from the Bible. Alas, no matter how hard I look I can find no such passage that bans abortion. The only thing that I could find were these passages from the Book of Numbers: “And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.”--Numbers 5:27, 28. In other words this is a form of trial by ordeal, and is a form of abortion. The whole ordeal also demonstrates the male bias in the Bible.

In 1968, Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of evangelicalism, organized a conference with the Christian Medical Society to discuss the morality of abortion. This is what they concluded, “Whether the performance of an induced abortion is sinful we are not agreed,” the statement read, “but about the necessity of it and permissibility for it under certain circumstances we are in accord.” When the Roe decision was handed down, W. A. Criswell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and sometime president of the Southern Baptist Convention, issued a statement praising the ruling. “I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person,” Criswell declared, “and it has always, therefore, seemed to me that what is best for the mother and for the future should be allowed.”

According to Paul Weyrich, a conservative activist and architect of the Religious Right, the movement started in the 1970s in response to attempts on the part of the Internal Revenue Service to rescind the tax-exempt status of whites-only segregation academies (many of them church sponsored) and Bob Jones University because of its segregationist policies. Among those affected was Jerry Falwell, who referred to the civil rights movement as “civil wrongs” and who had opened his own segregation academy in 1967. The IRS actions against racially segregated institutions, not abortion, is what mobilized evangelical activists in the 1970s, and they directed their ire against a fellow evangelical, Jimmy Carter, in the run-up to the 1980 presidential election.

Weyrich’s genius, however, lay in his understanding that racism — the defense of racial segregation — was not likely to energize grassroots evangelical voters. So he, Falwell and others deftly flipped the script. Instead of the Religious Right mobilizing in defense of segregation, evangelical leaders in the late 1970s decried government intrusion into their affairs as an assault on religious freedom, thereby writing a page for the modern Republican Party playbook, used shamelessly in the Hobby Lobby and the Masterpiece Cakeshop cases.

Weyrich’s savvy sleight-of-hand conveniently failed to acknowledge that tax exemption is a form of public subsidy and that, pursuant to the Brown decision of 1954, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Green v. Connally ruling of 1971, the government has every right to stipulate that tax-exempt public institutions not engage in racial exclusion.

Now, Trump claims that abortion should be left to the states. Does this mean that a woman living in Texas has different needs than a woman living in Massachusetts, or that a woman living in Illinois has different needs than a woman living in Florida? This is insanity, but to be perfectly clear Donald Trump’s real agenda is a total national ban on abortion. This is what he tells his most ardent supporters. No, politics and religion have no place in a woman’s decision about her own body. Rather these are decisions to be made between a woman and her medical professional.

So, the only way to get Donald Trump out of your uterus is to vote for Joe Biden and other pro choice members of the Democratic party.

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