Freedom fighters?

Back in 2009 when Democrats were working toward what became the Affordable Care Act, the GOP claimed falsely that this would have the government making your health care choices, especially if it included a public option. There were bogus claims that death panels would decide which patients would be allowed to live or die.

Now, it’s states controlled by the GOP where the government is making health-care choices for females of reproductive age. And doctor fears of being criminalized for treating women with life-threatening pregnancy complications mean women will probably die. How life-threatening does a situation have to be before a woman can be treated without criminal risk?  

All this is thanks to the right-wing anti-democracy super majority on the Supreme Court, nominated by Republican presidents and approved by Republican senators. In overturning Roe v. Wade, they took it upon themselves to decide what constitutes “liberty” as mentioned in the 14th Amendment. They said it doesn’t include a right to privacy, a basis for Roe. 

As that decision was pending, a 10-year-old rape victim was spirited out of Ohio, one of those GOP states where abortion is banned, to receive a medicinal abortion in Indiana. Now the GOP has banned abortion there as well.

Moral certitude doesn’t leave room for issues like 10-year-old rape victims or life-threatening pregnancy complications. Exceptions for rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother can be iffy at best, if they are available at all.

Moral certitude opens the way for Big Brother digital surveillance, since privacy isn’t a constitutional right, and cancellation of fundamental rights like freedom of travel and freedom of speech is part of keeping women from ending unwanted pregnancies. Once established, that repression can be turned to other areas.

So much for Republicans as the protectors of freedom. 

Carole McWilliams, Bayfield