Welcome to another edition of So Right It’s Wrong. I feel like I’d be failing myself and you, my loyal readers, if I did not tackle the most recent national news topic of the past couple weeks: Roe V. Wade.
As a man without children of my own, I know that this is a subject where my opinion may not mean anything to some readers. I understand that and I appreciate it, and I won’t be taking a hard stance on abortion. What I will be doing is combatting the disinformation that’s being used to stoke the flames of outrage.
Abortion itself has been a hot-button topic throughout my entire life and likely long before I was even a glimmer in my dad’s eye. This is one of those subjects that I formerly felt was a black-and-white scenario. As a young person, I unequivocally thought abortion was heinous and considered it murder. As I have aged, I understand there’s extenuating circumstances that I don’t understand, and it makes me exceedingly glad that it’s not my place to decide on the matter.
The furthest step I will take into giving my opinion on abortion is this: I do not believe the procedure should be used as a method of birth control. Between a myriad of contraceptives and hopefully responsible reproductive education, I don’t think abortion should be used in that manner, but as I said earlier, there’s circumstances I do not and cannot understand and I am relieved it will never be a decision I have to make.
Now, back to my intended purpose, clarifying the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to overturn Roe V. Wade and what I think the Court hopes to accomplish with the decision.
Since the Supreme Court’s original ruling on the matter in 1973, conservatives have been trying to get the decision repealed to no avail, until now, nearly 50 years later. As Bob Dylan once sang, “the times they are a changing,” and typically as time goes on, America becomes more and more progressive, so why has the court decided now is the time to revisit this particular piece of legislation?
The truth is, I don’t know for certain. No one does — I’d imagine there’s even a few justices sitting on the court that don’t understand how this ruling has happened now of all times. What I can do is speculate, and let me tell you, this ruling instantly raised my speculative hackles.
Progressives’ initial reaction to the news of Roe V. Wade being overturned was quite visceral. Absolute outrage swept through left-leaning social media, with folks outraged that the federal government would stick its nose into their personal life and restrict what they call “reproductive rights.”
As always, media takes this reaction and runs with it, stoking flames of outrage, yet few, if any, take the time to point out that the repealing of Roe V. Wade doesn’t ban abortions across the country. What it does is revert the decision on the legality of the procedure back to the state government. True, for some, the choice of having an abortion is taken from them inside their home state, but it does not affect 28 states. The remaining 22 states, including Kentucky, have pre-1973 laws in place that will be reinstated that ban abortion altogether.
Now, if the justices and federal government itself aren’t repealing Roe V. Wade out of a sense of morality (trust me, they’re not moral people) what are they up to?
The likely answer in my mind is that it’s a distraction. Any time in America the shoe is about to drop on one of the government’s numerous failures, they can easily generate a larger news story that will likely draw attention away from said failures. Right now, I would imagine the current administration who has benefited greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t be more thrilled with the current distraction from the vaccine information dump showing a miserly 12 percent efficacy rating. Democrats in DC have to be ecstatic that Republicans across the country have a win to celebrate instead of focusing on failed vaccines and other Democratic Party losses such as the release of 2,000 Mules, a film created by Dinesh D’Souza outlining a plot of ballot stuffing.
If my theory of distraction doesn’t hold water and they didn’t make this decision based on morals, it leaves only one option in my opinion and that would be that the Democrats are trying to rally their voters to the polls. They currently have a firm grasp on every wing of the government excluding the Supreme Court, and having that type of control leading into a midterm election can lead to complacency. It certainly did after Trump’s first two years in office. Once Democrats took back control of the House at midterms, anything Trump tried to accomplish became bogged down. What better way to ensure that your voters don’t become comfortable before an election than whipping them into a frenzy with a decision they would view as egregiously as the left has the overturning of Roe V. Wade?
Like I’ve said from the start, don’t trust the media (Editor’s note: Thanks for the support, Craig), and don’t trust the government. Heck, don’t even trust what I’m saying to be right. I may not be manipulative the way national media is, but I can always be wrong. In this case, I don’t believe I am.
If the government is doing something that feels like a win or a major reduction in rights, there’s likely an ulterior motive and this decision certainly feels like a “look over there, not over here” moment. Don’t fall for their misdirection my friends. As always, stick together, question everything, and don’t trust strangers telling you what’s in your best interest.
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