To the Barricades Ladies

Well ladies, the time for you to do battle has come.

Assuming of course you still would like to have a choice; it don’t affect me none.  I’m male.  If you don’t have a choice as to whether or not to have a child, its no skin off my nose.

By now you’ve all read about Texas, the attack on Roe, and the lack of action by SCOTUS.  Today South Dakota’s female Governor limited availability of the abortion pill.  Roe is virtually dead.  The GOP blocked a hearing for Merrick Garland as a replacement for Justice Scalia and then confirmed the bat shit crazy Amy Coney-Barrett as a replacement for Justice Ginsburg. You can read all about her on a post from the archive “On Amy Coney Barrett” dated 9/6/2020.

Back in 2019  the Alabama Senate approved a bill to eliminate abortion at every stage.  The only exception is if your life is in serious jeopardy.  No other exception.  Not even for rape or incest.  Not even if you are raped by your brother.  Nope.

Senator Clyde Chambliss, a Republican and sponsor of the bill in the Senate, defended the omission of those exceptions.

“When God creates the miracle of life inside a woman’s womb,” he said, “it is not our place as human beings to extinguish that life.”  So f you’re raped by your brother and get pregnant it’s God’s Will.

More bat-shit crazy.

Last week the Texas legislature and its Trump wannabee Governor approved its own abortion law which makes Roe essentially dead in the state.   It deputizes any citizen to snitch on their neighbor and sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion.  If you drive her to another state it could cost you $10,000.

The Supremes were requested to block the law until a hearing to  determine if it was constitutional.   They did nothing, rejecting the request for an injunction by a vote of 5 to 4.  But the court’s willingness to allow Texas to functionally outlaw abortions sends a powerful message. The justices have shown that they can respond quickly to emergency applications when the spirit moves them.

The court’s silence seems to mark a fundamental break with the respect the justices have long shown those on either side of the abortion issue. Saying nothing suggests that there was no emergency — and that a massive shift in abortion law in one of the nation’s largest states is a matter of no particular import. Americans opposed to abortion will celebrate Texas’ law as a crucial step toward the protection of the nation’s most vulnerable. Supporters of abortion rights mourn that the court has effectively reversed Roe without saying a word. Only the justices themselves seem to think that the matter is not worthy of comment.

Five Justices (all Catholics) have effectively killed Roe without a hearing or  public discussion; without presenting their views in a brief.

All of this is, of course, done in the face of the fact that a significant majority of Americans support Choice.   No matter. The religious fanatics will insist we  all do it their way.  Minority rule.  What ever happened to freedom FROM religion?

Soon states will move to outlaw the abortion pill and eventually get to contraception.

What will happen of  course is that well off Republican women who want an abortion will fly off elsewhere while the young and poor will seek abortion underground.  Nothing new there.  Sherri Finkbein flew off to Sweden.  If you are too young to get the reference, google her.

So ladies, the assault is clearly on and the battle may already be lost.  It is time to take to the barricades.  And you cannot count on Republican women to support you in your efforts.  Unless of course you like wearing a little red hat in Gilead and serving in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.

I’m with you ladies, having long been a supporter of choice.  But again, its no skin off my nose if you lose.  I lived through the time when there were no women on Wall Street, bank tellers were all men, bras were burning , mini-skirts in the office.  I remember when you couldn’t buy a condom in Connecticut even if you were married because some religious fanatic believed we should all use the “rhythm method” of birth control.  And I remember when a woman didn’t have the legal right to say “no” to her husband.

And I remember what it was like before the pill with abortion overseas for the well off and the neighborhood underground for the poor.  I remember families packing off their high school daughters to Italy to “study” for a year while living with Aunt Filomina.  In Italy they would have their babies and put them up of adoption, then return to high school in Westchester.

And I remember my wife having to make a choice and making it.  She had our girls – but she had a choice.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to To the Barricades Ladies

  1. NinaRose says:

    I Think Amy Coney Barrett Is Real Life Bene Gesserit From Frank Herbert’s Dune

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jennie says:

    I remember, too.

    Liked by 1 person

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