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People Are Worried About the Supremes Overturning Roe v. Wade

In the discussions over who will Trump’s nominee be to replace Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, it seems that Trump and others are pandering on the abortion issue. Oooh, I won’t ask candidate if s/he might vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and so on. “Precedent is important,” and all that. No, precedent is not important, because so many past cases were wrongly decided, including Roe.

Of course Roe v. Wade should be overturned. In that decision, 7 robed bureaucrats decided that the “High” Court was authorized by the U.S. Constitution to micromanage every stage of development of a human being, at least from conception up to birth. This “precedent” thus gives the State the authority to micromanage every stage of any human being’s growth and development, right?

So, in this older post, I wrote,

I’ve seen references to “personhood,” “viability,” “sentience,” and “consciousness, “ and I have some questions.

What is the viability of a born baby? If baby is left alone for a particular amount of time, one cannot survive for very long, because at that early stage of development one is dependent on one’s caretakers for feeding. The same can be said of a 2-year-old, maybe even older children, although the older the child, the more able one is to go out and seek food, unless one is locked inside and can’t get out. Is there a difference between the viability of a born individual and an unborn individual (at whatever stage of development)?

What about “sentience” and “consciousness?” How do we know whether or not a two-month-old “fetus” or a 2-day-old “fetus” can have any physical sensation or conscious awareness? If it is important whether or not that individual has sentience or consciousness in considering whether that individual has any right to life and liberty, and self-ownership, then, what about a born human being or a grown adult who has a neurological disorder and has no “sentience” or who is in a “persistent vegetative state” and has no consciousness, but is still “alive” (or can be kept alive via artificial means)?

I can’t say for sure that a human life begins at conception (although I believe that to be the case and have believed that for 20 years now), but I can sure say without any doubt that, IF a human life begins at conception, then self-ownership begins at conception. And IF that actually were the case, then those of the female gender would have an extra burden–and responsibility–that those of the male gender just don’t have.

In Roe v. Wade, the two dissenting Justices wrote, “I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment.” Exactly. But many, many people are sooo worried that the decision might be overturned. If it is, then let the states handle that. If one state makes abortion illegal, then girls and women who want to kill their offspring can go into a different state that keeps it legal. I know, I refer to such actions harshly. And that’s because I’m not going to whitewash these issues or see as valid our culture’s dehumanizing of pre-born human beings in order to have the “freedom” to extinguish them out of convenience. In our culture today, we see powerful groups dehumanizing other human beings and acting against them. Not good.

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