When Blackmun wrote the Roe decision, it took the abortion issue out of the legislatures and put it into the courts. If it had remained in the legislatures, we would have seen a series of state-by-state compromises reflecting the views of the centrist majority that’s always existed on this issue. These legislative compromises wouldn’t have pleased everyone, but would have been regarded as legitimate. (read it for yourselves)
This is pure bullsh*t. What we would have is a patchwork of states where womenâ€™s reproductive rights were completely suspended and poor and rural women would have continued to die for no reason other than someoneâ€™s religious bigotry.
Religious conservatives became alienated from their own government, feeling that their democratic rights had been usurped by robed elitists. Liberals lost touch with working-class Americans because they never had to have a conversation about values with those voters; they could just rely on the courts to impose their views. The parties polarized as they each became dominated by absolutist activists.
This continuing crap by the rightâ€™s lapdogs about how the liberals in this country are elitist and out of touch with working-class Americans is just that CRAP! The majority of Americans are in favor of keeping abortion legal. Some who feel twinges of conscience would like to see late term bans but if they understood that the government can not effectively and equally enforce these bans (meaning the rich will always be able to get their abortions and only poor and rural women will be held accountable to the law) you would see a lot of working-class Americans start to ignore those twinges.
Religious conservatives have spent most of our nationâ€™s history alienated from their government. The reason for this is simple they believe God triumphs in all things over the Constitution and American civil society. Theyâ€™re wrong. While that might be true in the afterlife, here and now on this plane of existence, the law of our nation and its federation of states triumph over religious doctrine and dogma. The fact that some greedy politicians and evangelical Svengalis got together to mobilize a significant minority does not mean that the rift has been mended. It just means that the Republican Party has sold out the Constitution so they could regain and stay in power.
Those who believe in smaller government would suffer most. Minority rights have been used frequently to stop expansions of federal power, but if those minority rights were weakened, the federal role would grow and grow – especially when Democrats regained the majority.(emphasis mine)
The intrusion of the government into our personal lives has never been as overwhelming as it is now. Using terrorism as their bludgeon, the government and the religious right will continue to push and extend the powers of government to deny the rights of women and minorities in favor of their dogma in legislatures and ultimately in the courts. Left unchecked these people will have us all pretending to be evangelical Christians so that we can be employed and own property. The one thing that you have a better chance of happening with the Democrats (and I am not a Democrat) is that true minorities will have a voice and be protected from the abuses of power. The religious right may have been horrified when the court upheld a womanâ€™s right to choose what happens in her own body but the court never mandated that women must have abortions. What they mandated was the right of the individual to self-determination that the government could not remove or punish them for exercising.
The fact is, the entire country is trapped. Harry Blackmun and his colleagues suppressed that democratic abortion debate the nation needs to have. The poisons have been building ever since. You can complain about the incivility of politics, but you can’t stop the escalation of conflict in the middle. You have to kill it at the root. Unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, politics will never get better.
Justice Blackmun and his colleagues saved womenâ€™s lives and upheld the rights of a minority voice against the tyranny of the majority. Yeah, I could complain about the incivility of politics, and I do from time to time. However, I will fight to my last breath to keep Roe v. Wade in place. If it means that I will have to get my hands dirty and take a few shots, then so be it. Iâ€™m always ready for a good fight.