By John Semmens
The US Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to let a Texas law banning the abortion of a child after a heartbeat can be detected in the unborn baby was strongly denounced by President Biden.
“This extreme Texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century,” Biden contended. “I am directing that council and the office of the white house counsel to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision, looking specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the federal government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe, and what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of texas’ bizarre scheme.”
The “bizarre scheme” the President objects to that the Texas law allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who “aid and abet” illegal post-heartbeat abortions. Oddly, the President has previously voiced his approval of a similar type scheme in which private citizens would be authorized to sue gun and ammunition manufacturers if a criminal uses a firearm to injure or kill them.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki denied that the two schemes are comparable. “In one case we have real live human beings being shot and killed,” she asserted. “In the other we have women being denied the court-given right to dispose of an unwanted child. And might I point out that a recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics argued in favor of post-birth termination of an unwanted child. Clearly, both Texas and the Supreme Court are on the wrong side of history on this issue.”
Celebrity abortion supporter Bette Midler called for a sex strike, saying “I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.” The irony is that such a strike would prevent conception and, thus, eliminate the “need” tohave to resort to an abortion to get rid of an unwanted child.