In the initial fallout of the Alabama Bomb come the moral arguments. for all of the debate over whether or not a fetus is a human life or just a “mass of cells,” the one that stands out to me is the “My Body My choice” arguments.
Because regardless of where you are on the abortion issue, the “My Body My choice” argument has far-reaching implications. Farther than most people are willing to consider in their white-hot anger that blinds them to anything beyond whether or not an abortion is a mortal sin worthy of ninety-nine years in jail or a choice to be made by a single person.
The bigger problem is that most people, regardless of side, would find themselves nodding in agreement with the implications of MBMC. but have they really and truly considered it as a moral argument?
One of my mentors in this business once told me that there are topics which should always be avoided. The number one reason for that is that nothing that I say is going to change anybody’s mind. Period. People have already made up their minds about it and anybody who says that they haven’t is lying.
That said, Alabama has passed the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation. There are any number of people who will praise this and those who will condemn it. The bigger issues will get almost no play in the discussion. First of all, as things stand today, the Alabama law is unconstitutional. Not even the people who passed it think that that is untrue. In fact, they admit it. Further, that is exactly what they want. Why? Because they fervently believe that this will land in front of the US Supreme Court and that they will come out of that with Roe v Wade overturned.
As things stand today, that isn’t going to happen. I have strong doubts as to whether or not the Supreme Court would even hear the case, let alone overturn Roe.
But let’s play the long game. What effect does this Alabama law have on the future of politics in 2020 and 2022?
For the record (again), I am anti-abortion.
I also believe that is a decision to be made by my wife and me with our Medical professional. It is not your or the governments’ place. Like a gay marriage, if you don’t want one, don’t get one. But stop imposing your morals and religious values on me.
I’ve made it clear that when people tell me what the believe, religiously speaking, I almost never believe them. That is doubly so when it happens to be a politician telling me about their faith. These are people who by nature, manipulate truth and speak in terms and phrases that are calculated to make it seem as they said exactly what you wanted to hear them say.
So whether it’s Donald Trump or Bill Clinton carrying a big black Bible into a church on a Sunday and the camera’s just “happen” to catch it, I am unimpressed and more likely as not you can count me among those who do not actually believe that the apparent religious awakening is real.
My main issue with people who have to tell me about their faith, and usually about somebody else’s faith is wrong, is that there almost never any reference to the actual authorities on said faith system.
My other question is simply this: How does a guy go to the top of politics in his State, knowing full well that he lives and works in a time when EVERYBODY in politics has their past examined with a microscope, become governor of a Southern State with nobody raising his past until he speaks out about his support of abortion? Within hours of saying – or mis-saying – whatever it is that he has interpreted his faith to mean about abortion, he’s in hot water for something that has literally been out there for more than thirty years.
So as divided as we are told we are each and every day, how is it that “The State of Our Union” can be “strong?”