Blaska was editor in chief of his college newspaper in 1970. (We’ll wait while you do the math.) It was three years before Roe v Wade but well after The Pill. Blaska’s girlfriend accompanied her friend J. to Chicago for an illegal, back alley, late-term abortion.
It wasn’t J.’s first abortion; the poor dear was hopelessly in love — or pathologically infatuated —with a college man who had his fun with her and let her deal with the results. Upon returning to UW-Oshkosh, Blaska’s girl friend was shaken.
“David, it was a baby!”
Seems obvious today but was a personal thunderclap at the time. Through the haze of marijuana smoke, the naive, Vietnam War protesting, free-love college students had not thought through concepts like responsibility and consequences. Morality was suspect; values questioned.
“You know you’ve got it when it makes you feel good,” Janis Joplin sang in those days, before she killed herself with substance abuse.
Reaction to the leaked majority opinion overturning Roe this week has been apocalyptic. “This is a dark and disturbing morning in America,” Chuck Schumer said on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday 05-03-22.
“An abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history,” Schumer and Pelosi thundered.
The Wall Street Journal wants the justices to confirm the decision ASAP. “We hate to say this, but some abortion fanatic could decide to commit an act of violence to stop a 5-4 ruling. It’s an awful thought, but we live in fanatical times.”
“The wheels are coming off the Supreme Court,” MSNBC screeched.
Legal abortion never a consensus
“Since abortion isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, the key question is whether the right to an abortion is protected as a “substantive right” by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment,” David French instructs.
The heart of Alito’s opinion is a painstaking historical analysis showing that the right to abortion has never been rooted in American law, much less “deeply rooted.” … Not only was there no support for such a constitutional right until shortly before Roe, but abortion had long been a crime in every single State. By the time of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, three-quarters of the States had made abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy, and the remaining States would soon follow.
That includes Wisconsin’s ban, enacted in 1849!
→ Abortion in Wisconsin.
→ Abortion restrictions by state.
Precedent is important but if it were inviolable, Plessy v Ferguson would still prevail. That is the 1896 decision upholding separate but equal racial divisions. It was not overturned until 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education — a longer interregnum than overturning Roe, decided 49 years ago.
The face of abortion franchise for much of America, we suspect is the voluble young woman wearing a black T-shirt reading “I had an abortion.” We thank MSNBC host Ari Melber, wallowing in solidarity with the abortion advocates on the steps of the Supreme Court building, for placing their cause within the framework of a radical America.
“We not arguing just about right to an abortion,’ the young woman ranted, “but the right make sure police are not beating us in street, that we have a right to a living wage, that we don’t have student debt. All these things are connected, that is why we are angry. … We need Joe Biden to show up.”
→ Kudos to Platinum Subscriber Bill Cleary for observing that Tuesday’s WI Capitol protest was sponsored by Young Democratic Socialists of America and the Madison Socialist Alternative.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Expect impeachment hearings to begin for justices Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett.
This is all fascinating to watch.
Warren is the worst. Is she blaming the potential overturn on “greedy corporations”?
That is her go-to on everything else.
Enough is enough!
Birth control has been legal and widely available for more than a half-century. They give it out like candy.
There is NO EXCUSE for abortion on demand used as birth control. 60 million unborn babies have been sliced and diced and some states allow it free and unfettered up to the moment of delivery.
Infanticide is what it is, and some states are even allowing passive infanticide AFTER birth.
It is a deep sickness, this eagerness to encourage pregnant mothers to kill their unborn babies up to the moment of delivery.
They told us that sex education in K-12 and widely available birth control would make abortion”safe, legal, and RARE.”
Someone should leak a film showing what a viable fetus getting aborted is really about. Put that all over the TV news and tell the TRUTH of what the screaming people are in favor of.
Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white supremacist eugenecist who wanted to keep Blacks from overpopulating the U.S.!
This is a direct attack on the U.S. Supreme Court and in some places like L.A. the violence has already commenced. SOME CALL IT INSURRECTION.
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Someone should leak a photo of a woman dead from a back-alley abortion.
The U.S. Supreme Court just tossed the mid-term elections and beyond to the Democrats. Let’s see if Progressives can catch the ball and run with it.
You wish. The pro abortion forces are locked into the doomed Dems.
Abortion will add something to turn out but the MAGA crowd is counting the days.
Let’s Go Brandon!
Oh B.S. You pro-death people have been lying forever. Knock it off!
Abortion is and will remain legal in many states in every region of the U.S. including the most populous states. Any pregnant woman who wants to kill her unborn baby will be able to legally do so in many states. Several up to the point of delivery. Stop the brazen lies.
Birth control is legal and available everywhere in the U.S. the give it out like candy.
60 million unborn babies have been sliced and diced and tossed in the garbage — show a picture of THAT.
“Someone should leak a photo of a woman dead from a back-alley abortion.”
Perhaps the talented Dr. Kermit Gosnell has some cutting-room-floor-footage you might photoshop to depict the infinitesimally rare event you seek to display?
He may be contacted for…um…a while at:
State Correctional Institution/Huntingdon
1100 Pike St.
Huntingdon, PA 16654
Reminder to all those with living mothers to spend time with them this weekend, call them, send flowers and wish them a warm, happy birthing person day.
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I can’t really add more to this discussion but I think it would be good if you read this article in Quillette called: “Get Ready for the Return of the Abortion Novel”
Especially this quote in part from someone who wrote a response to the article.
“…….A Chavez-exiled Venezuelan I met once, when referring to protesters who had been killed by the regime, once said to me, with a look of absolute and sincere disbelief in his eyes “Como lo han podido hacer? No saben que cada vida es un mundo!?” Every life is a world. That phrase has stayed with me ever since.
What gives anyone the right to destroy a whole world”