Every time I hear Republicans talk about our “Constitutional rights” I have to laugh just a little bit. Especially when I’ve just read an article about some state representative that’s proposed some new measure to attack a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body, or seeks to ban same-sex marriage because it’s a “threat to God’s definition of marriage.”
Both being violations of Constitutionally protected rights. One being that of our First Amendment rights (in the case of the Republican opposition to same-sex marriage being based on religious beliefs) and the second being their repeated attempts to defy the Supreme Court’s decision that gave women the right to have an abortion.
You see, most people realize Roe v. Wade was the landmark case where our Supreme Court said it is within a woman’s Constitutionally protected right to have an abortion.
Then just this past week the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.
And in the case of abortion, this isn’t an ideological debate on a proposed bill. Roe v. Wade is a 40 year old Supreme Court decision that said abortions are a woman’s Constitutionally protected right—end of story.
Now, when it comes to nationally recognized same-sex marriages, that’s still a process in the making. But the striking down of DOMA was a huge step towards marriage equality. As for now, states still have the right to ban same-sex marriage—though that will soon come to an end as well.
Do many Republicans disagree with these rulings? Of course they do.
But I don’t recall seeing many conservatives, most of the same ones who oppose any regulations on guns (because any regulations on guns “violate” our Second Amendment—according to most Republicans) objecting to the passing of legislation all across our country which requires a mandatory transvaginal probe into a woman’s body against her will—mandatory ultrasounds before she’s allowed to exercise her Constitutionally protected right to an abortion.
And you know why? Because they don’t think abortion should be legal. They don’t dispute that Roe v. Wade stated, per our Supreme Court, that abortions are Constitutionally protected—they just feel they shouldn’t be legal. Therefore, many Republicans feel it’s acceptable for those rights to be violated.
They claim abortions equate to “murdering babies,” yet have no problem with the over 10,000 deaths by gun violence we have every year. No, no—guns are not to be regulated. Because “guns have nothing to do with gun violence.”
“Pro-life” you say? But of course you are.
And I’m not even covering the legislation that’s being pursued in states all across the country, such as that made famous by Texas Senator Wendy Davis in her 13 hour filibuster to protect women’s rights in Texas, that seeks to force closures of health clinics that happen to provide abortions. They’re not only attacking the rights of women, they’re attempting to force their hand by not giving them any options.
Because nothing bad could possibly come from thousands of women in emotionally fragile and desperate states having no access to health clinics. Nothing bad at all.
But Republicans claim this is all about women’s health.
Here’s a radical idea:
Let’s let the woman decide what’s best for her own health.
See, this is why I feel many Republicans are hypocrites and I can’t take most of them seriously. They never have any issues if Constitutionally protected rights they disagree with are violated. It’s only when the rights that they support might be regulated, then they freak out like people who would never think of violating a single Constitutional right in any way–-except for all of those rights they try and violate, because they disagree with them.
Then while they oppose something like same-sex marriage, based entirely on religious beliefs which violate our First Amendment right of freedom of religion, they have the audacity to say our Second Amendment rights should have little to no regulation when the phrase “well regulated” actually appears in the text of the amendment.
Now I know some will say “well regulated” meant well trained. Then why didn’t they just say that? They could have easily just said something like:
Second Amendment: The right for Americans to responsibly keep and bear arms shall not be infringed in any way.
But they didn’t. They specifically put in words like “militia” and “well regulated” because that’s what they were talking about.
Yet, when it comes to abortion or same-sex marriage, then suddenly Republicans act as if our First Amendment (which is extremely definitive in its text) becomes objective based on assumptions.
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