14thA – Right to Privacy, Equal Protection Clause, Due Process – Abortion and what else?

14thA – Right to Privacy, Equal Protection Clause, Due Process – Abortion and what else?

And Roe goes down today…. Which is an attack on the 14th A
So people in the USA should know the direction this is going in, besides who is a citizen with equal rights and protection under the law, who has a right to vote, hold power, property, have sex and with whom, and who can freely work/live in the USA.

It affects fertility, gender and sexuality. For people of all genders and sexual identities.

  • Back to the days when…. you had to be married and have husband’s consent to get birth control of any kind.
  • Consensual sex between homosexual couples was illegal.

It isn’t just a pro – life, pro choice debate. It’s about the govt having the right to make your decisions for you. Decisions that should be between you, your god(s), your faith community, your partner and your doctor.

the response of the UN, WHO to today’s decision

US has signed int’l treaties that recognize abortion as health care, as legal human rights that must be upheld. And if the govt fails to act decisively, they will be in breach.

Synagogue sues

religious freedom arguments on abortion: A person can argue they have a religious obligation to do something, but that a law or policy punishes them for acting on their beliefs, or they can argue that a law or policy violates church-state separation.

And the crowds gather at SCOTUS, despite having snipers on the roof, they protest this decision.

What can you do?

  • delete any app that tracks your menstrual cycle
  • I’d say vote, but for whom? And can you vote?
  • nothing stops a sperm donor from getting a vasectomy….
  • call/ write your local representatives in govt.
  • protest at your local courts
  • fund nat’l clinics that can provide pills to abort and send these by mail
  • understand clearly that this is the first volley of many that attack personal autonomy and fertility rights. Are you safe?
  • move
  • strike – refuse to work for a govt that fails to protect you.

Roe vs Wade

the Supreme Court used the right to privacy, as derived from the Fourteenth Amendment, to extend the right of privacy to encompass a woman’s right to have an abortion: “This right of privacy . . . founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action . . . is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”

Griswold v. Connecticut,

the Court identified a constitutionally protected right to privacy, which the court reasoned prohibited states from denying birth control to married couples.

Eisenstadt v. Baird

held that the law’s distinction between single and married individuals failed to satisfy the “rational basis test” of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

LAWRENCE V. TEXAS

unreasonable intrusion of the govt/state and equal rights – case was about homosexual sex in privacy of their own home

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