It’s not easy for me to get excited about the whole reproductive rights fight. I know it’s a huge deal with many women, but I also know that a lot of women were excited to see Trump win in 2016 in the hope of overturning Roe. I’m told by the choice side that since I do not have a uterus, I should have no say in theirs. Then they ask me for help in supporting reproductive rights. For me, it a minefield. It’s also not part of my daily life and has never been a concern for me, personally. I have two sons, no daughters. My wife is past her reproductive years. Before I go any further, let me assure the reader that I am on the side of the pro-choice side and would never vote for anyone who was not. But again, I can’t get too exited about it, while I fully understand the passion others have, on both sides.
So how does the Pro-Choice Side get my attention and get me to march?
Change the narrative.
This is about a minority of right wing religious extremists forcing their radical views on others, though the legislature and the courts. While an important issue, this is about much more than women’s reproductive rights. It’s about the separation of church and state, freedom from religion, and individual liberty.
What happens after they are successful in overturning Roe based on religious dogma? Not just any dogma, far right wing Christian evangelical dogma. Do you think after Roe is overturned these people will fold up their tents and leave the fight? Hell no they won’t. Their extremist views will not allow it.
They are coming for you next.
So what’s next? Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA are all contrary to their ideology. Given their way, we would all be in health care sharing ministries. They would do away with the state and instead force us to rely on “faith based” charitable institutions that, by the way, won’t pay your medical bills if you do not have regular attendance at group worship, have sex outside the bond of male/female marriage, drink alcohol, or are engaged in any other non-compliant behaviors, whatever the elders deem those to be.
What about alcohol? We tried prohibition before and may be forced to try it again. After all, to these people in power in our government, it’s all “God’s Will”….as the Bible clearly warns about the destructive and addictive nature of alcohol .
Social Security? Nope, that has to go as the Bible stands in opposition to the Social Security system enacted in America.
While today’s battle is on the field of women’s reproductive rights, the battle being fought is far reaching and, if the extremists have their way, will affect us all and force us to submit to their far right extremist religious demands.