Updates for June 2022

Roe vs Wade Overturn

I love America, Americans and American history.. We have counselled across the US for several months each year for the last decade up until Covid. Although increasingly divided, there is still strong moral debate on many issues that is refreshing, something that we in Australia and NZ have lost.

In 2019 we were in Missouri and, opposite the Gateway Arch in St Louis, we visited a small courthouse which was the centre of attention in the famous Dred Scott decision of 1857.  In this decision the US Supreme Court ruled that slaves were not citizens of the USA and were in effect the property, simply the chattel of their owners with no rights. 

It took a civil war and the deaths of 620,000 men to overturn that decision.

In hindsight we wonder how an erudite group of judges could make such misguided decision, particularly when the opening lines of Declaration of Independence state that “God made all men equal and gave them the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Fast forward 115 years and we had the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision. In essence it revived the Dred Scott Decision but extended it not just to slaves but as a guillotine over the head of every future American: it gave women permission to kill their unborn children. It said that humans in the womb have no rights and are the property of their mother, whose fate is at the mother’s discretion. 

The catch cry of those in favour of this decision has loudly stated that it is a woman’s body and she has the right to choose what she does with it.  Is that true?

The biological truth is that at 10 weeks after conception, which is the earliest time abortions are  performed, there is a little baby in the womb; complete with head, eyes, nose, mouth, arms, legs, with fingers and toes. Not a bunch of cells. This baby is not a biological part of the woman’s body, like her liver or lungs. Not only is the baby genetically entirely different but the baby has separate blood system and if the blood of baby accidentally mixes with the mother’s blood, an antibody response occurs that could reject the baby and subsequent pregnancies, just like the rejection of a donor organ in a transparent. 

From the moment of your conception until the day you die, nothing has been added to that single cell that you once were other than food and oxygen. That’s it! There is no point along that continuum where you are more human or less human. You have never been ‘a potential human.’ You have always been, and still are, a human with potential. For the first nine months of your life your mother provided shelter, food and oxygen. The only thing that changed after you were born is that you can now provide your own oxygen. 

Slave or free, tiny or tall, no matter how far along you are on life’s journey or whether you temporarily require help to ‘breathe’ oxygen or not, every American has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a God-given right. There is no mother-given right in the Declaration or Constitution that trumps a God-given right.

Are we that morally bankrupt that what we entertain doing what even the developed creatures within the animal kingdom wouldn’t? Although she could, it would never occur to a female kangaroo to remove the helpless tiny little joey developing in her pouch because it is ‘her pouch.’ 

Slaves and babies in the womb are as human as their masters and mothers. Since all men are created equal, a slave is the equal of his master; a baby in the womb the equal of his/her mother. 

The Dred-Scott justices never gave slave owners wholesale permission to kill their slaves. Sadly Roe v Wade did. Sadder still, it took 50 years to reverse Roe vs Wade and cost 63 million lives, 100 times more lives lost than in overturning the Dred Scott decision.

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court made sure those lives were not lost in vain.