The Roe v. Wade Row (War)

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In a past post, I addressed the issue of devoutness; concluded that religious fervor must dwell in the Goldilocks Zone; i.e., be neither too “cold” nor too “hot”. After all, the former temperature extreme might cause parishioners to perish from moral hypothermia; the latter, could easily imperil entire nations with impending, theocratic overthrow; in particular, of late, the fate now awaiting my own homeland?

Hmm, might America be spared seeing how, THANK GOD, we were founded, in part, on Freedom of / from Religion and the Separation of Church and State?

Alas, in spite of such state ratified, Constitutional principles having endured for nearly two-and-one-half centuries, when it comes down to the squinty, myopic eyes of the intolerant, the jury is still out.

Anyway…

This being a Sunday, what better time to discuss the future of America, which is being threatened, in part, by six ultraconservative U.S. Supreme Court justices (three of them Trumpers). Just one of their onerous, odious decrees recently wound up overturning Roe v. Wade; in essence, rendering abortion illegal.

Be mindful that, in order to discuss this complex issue intelligently, we will need to set aside our own personal views, re that surgical procedure, itself.

The actual crux is how that sextet of simpletons, handed down from the mount, their haphazardly chiseled, “Clay Tablet’s Eleventh Commandment“, which is already messing up / mucking up the lives of multiple-millions; unleashing devastating, societal upheaval; inflicting personal and financial hardship that’ll be felt today and for untold generations to come.

All owing to a half dozen, inconsiderate, out of touch with reality justices, who cannot even begin to fathom how the phrases “problem pregnancy” and “personal tragedy” are inexorably linked.

Case in point, the plight of the raped, traumatized, ten-year-young child, who recently had to flee from her home state of Ohio to Indiana to end her forced pregnancy; to begin taking her first baby steps down the long road to emotional recovery.

Tho that should be the end to this sad story, regrettably, the sorrows have only just begun…

Her abortion has whipped up the Stateside, Iranian magnitude, zero-tolerance zealots into such a frothing at the mouth furor, that these “pro-lifers” are now calling for the conviction, imprisonment and/or execution of the abortionist, the child’s parents and even the child herself.

Were this theological firestorm ANY WORSE THAN IT ALREADY IS, the “less intolerant” factions might… JUST MIGHT… relent JUST A TAD… were the child victim to do WHAT?

Consent to marrying and living with her rapist till death do they part?

Folks, I sure as HELL hope that immediately above sentence is hyperbole. For if that’s not the case…

HEAVEN HELP US ALL!

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You Expect Me To Do WHAT?

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Oh, the surge of instantaneous incredulity I had experienced upon my jaw-dropping realization that our multiverse’s Creator was already egging on fatherhood for a (barely) 12 year old. How the hell could that Supreme Being ever deem it wise to entrust and endow children (essentially emotional babies) with the power to make babies? Where’s the “Intelligent Design” there, eh?

Seeing how my eyes had been rolling upward, anyway, I did dare to ask Him…

“You expect me to do WHAT?” and “Have you gone effing NUTS?”

Granted I only dropped that F-bomb in this post, for dramatic emphasis, but, were we speaking of more contemporary youths, such language would certainly be commonplace.

Returning to my own youthful exasperation, my focus had been upon the glaring, ongoing paradox; that, nowhere (within any conventional society) existed preteens known to be:

  • highly college degreed and gainfully employed
  • facing down weekday rush hour traffic gridlock
  • seeking soulmates during saloons’ happy hours
  • exchanging till death do they part wedding vows
  • paying rent or mortgage and other monthly bills

Even so, playing house type extracurricular activities did morph a few of my junior high school classmates’ fashion statements to maternity-wear.

Back in that bygone, backward era, a big part of that problem had been how even non-prescription birth control products were never openly displayed. Yep, instead, one would need to engage in awkward negotiations with the oft judgmental pharmacist; such as my own father’s friend (and a Catholic, to boot); the big businessman who, little doubt, would’ve ratted out any boyish man, who’d dare to go on a condom run.

So, all in all, as alluring as sex had been, I knew, fully well, it’d be far easier and infinitely wiser to find the willpower that not all children (not even some childish adults) can manage to muster; let alone master. In other words, to discretely discover acceptable pleasurable alternatives.

If I do say so, myself, it had been quite impressive how someone so young could come to such common sense conclusions, independently; btw, “The Talk” (Dad’s plumbing 101 lecture) transpiring three long years following my “awakening”. Luckily, my own reasoning power did serve me well.

Returning to the somber, sobering here and now, in essence, every post pubescent must learn to readily embrace the #1 Fact of Life; how effing easy it is to conceive babies; how, other than the wildly unpopular abstinence, no contraceptive method is 100 percent goof-proof.

This has all become paramount, especially in the wake of the recent, regressive, Trumpian dominated Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision which has stricken down the previous court’s, 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Ergo, once again, abortion is illegal and, by extension, is already sending devastating shock waves throughout American society.

The new reality is Donald J. Trump’s three appointees (namely, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett) continue to giddily, sadistically hobnob / collude with the preexisting menaces to society (namely Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and John Roberts).

Consequently, America is facing down an ugly, uber-conservative, super majority that could go on for multiple generations to come OR until irreversible environmental collapse overrules them; whichever comes first (likely the latter).

Even the following valid reasons for abortion have been ruled illegitimate:

  • medical complications that threaten patients’ well-being and very lives
  • prenatal tests that reveal the presence of non-survivable birth defects
  • the consequences of grotesque, consanguineous / non-consensual sex

Needless to say, the time is ripe for amorous couples to discretely discover their own acceptable, pleasurable alternatives to intercourse; to additionally, with no exceptions, use birth control; to even double up and triple up combine methods.

And then, upon rolling our eyes upward, each of us must also ask the Big Guy upstairs…

“You Expect Me To Do WHAT?” and “Have you gone effing NUTS?”

And, more to the point, to ultimately query…

“Do you honestly expect anyone to find life fulfilling under the collective, oppressive thumb of your hardcore, theocratic, tyrannical, cretinous creations?”

“Where’s the “intelligent design” there, eh?”

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can still shed and spread the batcrap
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in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

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New LEGAL Contraceptive Method!

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As most Americans have become painfully aware, by now, six extreme “justices”, who park their behinds behind the U.S. Supreme… correction… Extreme Court bench, have opted to overturn Roe v. Wade (make abortion illegal) and, as such, they now absolutely demand that nearly every functional womb starts popping out babies one or more at a time; every nine months… uh… even if it kills the mother-to-be AND whether the “survivors” can afford more mouths to feed or NOT; most likely NOT, considering the bottomless chasm between US, the dirt poor, and THEM, the filthy rich.

Yep, ever ready to do what THEY do best (namely sticking their 6 noses into 330 million crotches), this crotchety, theocratic judicial sextet is far from finished; already hinting that their outlawing of birth control will come next.

All that nasty crap duly noted, believe it or not, the news isn’t all crappy…

Granted, there have yet to be sufficient scientific studies to ascertain just how efficacious the following, brand spanking new birth control method actually is. But, do rest assured, there are, bare minimum, a couple of instantaneous advantages; it’ll do no financial harm AND considering how its “inventors” are all “judges”, this method is all perfectly, quite literally legal.

Do check it out / try it out…

All each amorous couple need do is eyeball photos of “justices” John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Hell if visuals of ‘em don’t totally kill the mood, NEARLY nothing else will.

And I do qualify that statement with NEARLY, seeing how, in a pinch, just the mere thought of Donald J. Trump (who appointed / anointed 3 of those 6 crotch sniffers) should work wonders when it comes to overcoming sexual desires. I mean, try making out while puking yer guts out!

Hell, should cooled down couples become a hot new trend, this could easily reduce humankind to an endangered species, heading for extinction classification, which, in turn, would also cool down global warming / Mother Earth.

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crazy contagious coronavirus which,
in turn, spawns new variants; which,
in turn, could, eventually, render the
available vaccines worthless; which,
in turn, will drag out the pandemic’s
needless suffering, illness and death!

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Wading Thru Roe v. Wade’s Deep End

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Preface: The original, official WP Time Stamp:
CommonSenseTom 12:31 pm on May 8, 2019
3-fold motivation to reblog my 3-year-old post:

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  • The May 3, 2022 leaking of Supreme… correction… Extreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s rough draft; one that virtually vows to run roughshod over Women’s Rights; i.e., by overturning the Supreme Court’s, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which had legalized abortion. Beyond that, now that Alito’s views are in the public domain, among his five conservative bench-mates, who’d ever feel free to possibly mitigate their colleague’s hardcore harangue; perhaps present their own dissent?
  • While I steadfastly believe in gender equality / women’s rights; maintain that misogynistic, big government control freaks have absolutely NO RIGHT to intrude in the procreative process (one of the most personal issues conceivable); NO RIGHT to insist every pregnant person gets left holding the (unwanted) baby; that I, myself, have NO RIGHT to impose my own life-begins-at-conception belief upon anybody else, NONETHELESS, I cannot help but wonder how we ever wound up with a society that, apparently, doesn’t give a F about parenthood?*
  • Seeing how I don’t have all the answers to such a complex issue, I am interested in your thoughts; perhaps reactions to my past post, “The Right To Choose: An Evolution? A Revolution?” as well as any other articles / videos you’ve read / viewed? Let’s meet up, BACK HERE, to start and sustain an intelligent, courteous, comment section thread.

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*BTW, I’m not excluding myself from my own societal critique; tho my (from age 12 onward) opt-out from parenthood is deeply rooted in my ongoing ecological, ideological and socioeconomical misgivings; belief that our world is unfit for human habitation.

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The U.S. Extreme Court is Coming!

 

Preface: Regrettably, women maintaining full, legal control over their own bodies, rarely, if ever, is assured. While, in a perfect world, they’d rarely, if ever, need to seek abortions, such perfection rarely, if ever, is attainable.

Ever since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s demise, misogynistic senators have been in hog heaven, while waddling about DC’s metaphorical barnyard and wallowing in its standard issue mud puddle. They’ve been gleefully oinking, snorting and squealing about getting another crack at loading up the U.S. Supreme Court bench with, yet, another intolerant, injudicious ideologue.

Hell, these porkers have already summarily approved Donald J. Trump’s nominee; even though they know not who “The Chosen One’s” chosen one will be. All we really know is that the fake prez will be handpicking a woman, who is only a woman at the XX chromosome level. Functioning only at an atypically inconsiderate level, she will strike down Roe v. Wade; thereby, eventually, rendering all abortion (maybe even contraception) illegal.

Of course, such a political approach rarely, if ever addresses the root cause of abortion’s demand; namely, poverty. The  rarely, if ever answered question:

Why should rock-a-bye baby raising be a bough breaking, break the bank prospect?

Such a discussion could go on and on, but for the sake of brevity, let’s now cut to the chase.

Each and every feminist, now dwelling within Donny’s Dystopian America, must prepare herself for life overruled by a radical Supreme Court; an Extreme Court. In response, she must militantly nail her manifesto to her boudoir door to proclaim:

“So long as congressmen and judicial hacks insist on controlling women’s bodies, I will be controlling men’s bodies. If the only way for me to prevent problem pregnancies is to avoid sexual congress, then so be it!”

Perhaps, at that juncture, knuckle dragging senators’ feminist-idled gonads would cause them to go mad, leaving them little choice but to surrender to womankind’s demands for gender equality and the right to choose?

Granted, such a scenario is neither practicable nor sustainable. At best, this only illustrates the extreme measures it would take to trump Trump’s mucked up, U.S. Extreme Court; if that’d even be possible.

 

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The Right To Choose: An Evolution? A Revolution?

 

SCENARIO #1 ~ Most intelligent, compassionate folks would have no problem in agreeing that women must have the right to choose… especially when [1] problem pregnancies can involve literal life or death issues for moms-to-be and/or their babies and [2] conceptions can result from non-consensual acts and/or too closely related genetic mergers. Under such tragic, emotionally devastating circumstances, there must be ZERO tolerance for inept, incompetent, ignorant, opportunistic politicians attempting to intrude into what should be the sacrosanct, private, doctor / patient relationship. However…

SCENARIO #2 ~ Even the most enlightened and empathetic of us do start to feel qualms… especially when many other sought-after abortions can be tantamount to an ill-conceived, alternative form of birth control. While there’s no “normal” adult alive who hasn’t experienced that biochemically induced state of mindlessness… been prodded by overactive glands that are egging on recklessness… still one wonders… why some guys find it so hard to muster up a bit of self-control? If a couple cannot even prepare to prevent parenthood… i.e, go on a condom run… just how prepared will they be… oh… say… nine months later? Will their unplanned, unwanted children be unloved and undisciplined? What kind of grown-ups will they become? Will they even be grown-ups in every sense of that hyphenated word? Will they even be able to act kind?

CLEARLY… Scenario #2 is less clear-cut. While… under current conditions… a woman confronted by such a problem pregnancy still must be able to assert her right to choose… CLEARLY… the man could’ve done much more to prevent lighting that 9-month time-bomb fuse and… CLEARLY… humankind can and must do better in the future. And the sooner the better.

Growing up involves far more than gender-specific endocrine glands. Our brains must rule over our bodies and not vice versa. OK, I can already, almost hear the naysayers. “Such an attitudinal shift would likely take multiple generations to complete”… you scoff? “A Herculean Task”… you tsk-tsk?

Even though those are valid points, this does not make them excuses for our not trying. Why can’t we bravely usher in a new era of lifelong, no-nonsense, age-appropriate sex education? We need a Sexual Prime Directive where all biological adults wind up fully understanding that [1] sex makes babies and [2] if one desires the former but not the latter, then consistent usage of reliable birth control becomes a nonnegotiable! For those who find themselves saying, “Well duh… who didn’t know that?” go to the head of the class.

Governments would be both wise and money ahead… were contraception not only readily available but also affordable, perhaps, even totally free of charge! When compared to national welfare programs designed to financially assist impoverished moms and dads, government subsidized birth control might even be deemed a bargain!

To those quick to point out that vending machines loaded with “The Pill” and prophylactics could only encourage rampant promiscuity and result in a raging STD pandemic… I now ask… minus the protection… is that not what we’ve already got?

While such a retort may sound like defeatism, there is some pragmatism in the mix, too. Lest we forget, barrier methods of contraception provide barriers to disease, too. Additionally, might it even be argued that a more responsible, less repressed society would “breed” fewer perverts and predators? Might there even be a bit of truth to / a practical application of that Sixties era hippie mantra, “Make Love Not War”? Given a choice between a worldwide orgy and a worldwide nuclear war, which would you consider the lesser of two evils?

While portions of that above paragraph do sound, perhaps, a tad over the top, there is an undercurrent of truth, too.

Naturally, living life in moderation is the phrase that really pays. And more to the point… both love and respect must factor prominently into the big picture.

If we can establish a society where unprotected sex is virtually unheard of, then, with very few exceptions, only those who want babies will be procreating. Beyond that…

Governments would be both wise and money ahead, too… in ensuring that raising children would also become far more affordable. That… in itself… could help substantially reduce the demand for abortion… i.e., when fretting, prospective parents would no longer ditto agreement to this all too common, forlorn sentiment…

“Honey, we simply cannot afford another mouth to feed.”

Working towards that new beginning, each nation would need to establish a stable economy where even the entry level, full time workers would be earning a living wage… enjoying a pay level that’d even allow either the new mommy or daddy to become a stay-at-home parent until their child becomes a preschooler / kindergartner. Maybe even beyond that point?

Of course, even an improved society could never, fully liberate itself of unplanned pregnancies. True, it’s far too easy for me… a man who can never experience pregnancy… who has never even fathered any children… to say this… but maybe… just maybe my proposed, futuristic, attitudinal shift towards unequivocal male and female sexual responsibility could be inclusive of a woman’s new, enhanced right to choose… i.e., to choose going the adoption route rather than opt-in to abortion?

Do all of these changes sound too idealistic to ever become reality? Should I re-categorize this post as fiction? Let me know what you’re thinking and feeling in the comment section below…

 

 

How To Abort Abortion?

 

Preface… I encourage all who read this blog, to not jump to any hasty conclusions. The prolife vs. prochoice debate oft involves complex discussions featuring, at the very least, one unexpected twist and turn.

A few evenings ago my phone rang. I found myself talking to a Right To Life fundraiser trying to hit me up for $100. Upon informing her that, due to injuries, I hadn’t worked in eight years… that my meager savings would likely dry up long before I die… what ensued next was her obviously heavily scripted, paint by the numbers, commiseration.

I felt rather taken aback. I’d have expected something a bit less automaton-like from someone who is, after all, prolife.

So insensitive and driven was she, that she began haggling… eventually going as low as $10. Even that sawbuck was too much to ask of me and I told her so. Now, not being one who’d create a problem without offering up at least one viable solution, I recommended that she phone up / hit up wealthy Republicans.

I mean… they’re purportedly prolife, right? And think about the cost effectiveness angle… rather than taking days and weeks, perhaps, even months to dial up tens of thousands of poor people, in less than an hour she could’ve called a dozen of America’s wealthiest… and likely would’ve vastly exceeded her overall monetary goal.

Well, I guess I had struck a raw nerve… in a huff and sans nary a goodnight, she had hung up on me.

While my tale of being injured and unemployed was/is legit… my actual rationale for not contributing to her cause boils down to this…

We cannot end abortion merely by legislating abortionists out of business. Were we to criminalize the procedure, it’d result in something far worse… e.g., drive women back to the criminal, rusty wire coat hanger wielding, back alley butchers.

To truly end abortion involves decreasing the demand. We must prioritize our fundraising efforts to focus upon the following.

Counsel legal adults to stop being in denial of their libidos… encourage them to fess up / own up / grow up… develop mature mental attitudes more in synch with their physically grown up bodies.

As for minors, the school taught “abstinence only” programs are ludicrous. True, it’d be far better for kids to wait until they’re emotionally and financially stable. But it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to wait (sometimes for nearly a decade) until after high school graduation.

We must make readily available (when possible, OTC) affordable, reliable birth control. Couples must then utilize this, if you’ll excuse the wordplay, religiously. The most common male method, in particular, would go a long way towards also preventing the spread of HIV/STDs.

Since no contraceptive method (aside from abstinence) is 100%, adoption should become the wildly popular “New Plan B”. We need to do whatever it takes to cut through the legal red tape… to fast-track securing loving homes for any unwanted children… to not exclude wannabe single parents, either… be they straight or LGBT individuals.

We need to provide stringent, psychological counseling to the predators whose wretchedly wrong MO involves nonconsensual and consanguineous attacks. Institutionalize and only release them back into society when shrinks are reasonably sure their patients can behave in a civilized manner.

Minimum wage must become a living wage, inclusive of meeting all the costs of raising children from birth to age of majority. Since two income families would no longer be necessary… either the mom or dad would be free to become a stay-at-home, nurturing parent.

Were we to achieve all the above, then the only legitimate reason anyone would ever seek abortion would be to save the life of the mother. *

True, all I suggest cannot be implemented overnight and any Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs. Wade, prior to the enlightenment of our society, could wreck untold, emotional havoc and devastating economic hardship. Until the day every biological adult, both young and old, grows / wises up, abortion, regrettably, will need to remain the law of the land.

What a pity that in the forty+ years abortion has been legal, our society has failed, miserably, at concurrently attempting to implement such common sense notions.

I mean, just because abortion suppliers could do so legally did not mean we could not have tried to reduce the demand.

 

*08/23/16 12:36 p.m. ADDENDUM: I neglected to mention that if ultrasound and other prenatal tests indicate severe birth defects, that this, too, would be a valid reason for abortion.