1/ OPINION: Roe v. Wade.
Disclaimer: I am a man. I sincerely hope that, in writing this opinion, my gender does not offend anyone. Women's Rights are important to me. All Human Rights are important to me. I am also a son to a mother, grandson to grandmothers, stepfather to
2/ stepdaughters, uncle to nieces, cousinboy to many cousingirls, friend to women friends. I appreciate the trust they've shown me throughout the course of my life. Sadly, some of them are no longer here to speak for themselves and Women any longer. It's on their behalf, and in
3/ support of Women that I write this opinion. I hope it further helps us all to better understand the singlemost contentious law concerning Women's Rights...as historically and presently stepped on by men in power.
4/ THE LAW: Please take the time to read this court decision. It is the deciding law used to determine a woman's rights, not only to legal abortion, but also to the larger issue of women's health care, in general.

(citation) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wa…
5/ In 1973, @SCOTUS decided it was unconstitutional to criminalize and restrict access to abortions. That's the gist. What's forgotten or not talked about aloud is that women were relegated to "back-alley" abortions, performed in unsterilized, unsafe conditions by practitioners
6/ who may/may not have been qualified but were certainly ill-equipped to see to the total needs women had concerning these procedures, resulting in increased mortality rates and decreased overall healthcare for women of child-bearing age.

I'll abridge this opinion as it is a
7/ hotbed of gender, racial, religious, socio-economic and political contentions. I do not feel any of my views concerning the above issues are germaine to the writing of this opinion. What is germaine to this topic is the clinical experience I have in performing life-saving
8/ Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) procedures for mother's whose fetuses had died in the womb. Without these procedures, these women of child-bearing age would have died.

That's it.

These women would have died.

Their Right to Life be DAMNED !!!!
9/ The reason these life-saving procedures are used is because it saves the lives of women whom, through no fault of their own, would not be alive w/o them. The ability to perform these procedures is legal and can be used because of the Roe v. Wade decision. As per the AL article
10/ released earlier in press, this right has now come under attack directly by a state government. @realDonaldTrump has always made it very clear that he planned to directly attack the Roe v. Wade decision.

11/ Many in positions of political power, mostly men and pro-life women, support the repeal of this decision. Even well-respected professors of law, such as @tribelaw, have questioned the correctness of this decision. Not on moral grounds but on legal grounds.
12/ @SCOTUS upheld Roe v. Wade based on an obtuse interpretation of the 14th Amendment's Due Process Clause (pls. see citation). Even Prof. Laurence Tribe, @tribelaw, was quoted as saying "One of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the
13/ substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found."

I hope that, with this opinion, the legal profundity of this ruling is made more clear for us all. While the pro-life and pro-choice movements stand in stark contrast with one another, while "Jane Roe" herself
14/ felt she had been duped during the original ruling, while abortion rights and, by extension, women's rights re: access to adequate healthcare are being argued, and most importantly how the legal ambiguity of Roe v. Wade leaves it a target for attacks from it's opponents,
15/ those of us who do not wish to see any aspect of Women's Rights set back, it's important to address, not only the moral issue, but the legal issue. The moral issue may be argued indefinitely...and probably will. But the legal issue is being argued NOW...in the PRESENT...
16/ and it's time to stand for Women's Rights to Choose and Women's Rights to Life Saving, Health Care Access.

Men, it's time for us to also stand up for what we know is right, morally and legally.

Women, we men who have made our views clear, also stand with you.
17/ It's time to lend legal foundation and substance to the Roe v. Wade argument. I can think of no better way to start than with the preamble to the Constitution which guarantees "right to life".

In the meantime, let's hope all states table this issue.

Sincerely, KT'BP
May I ask a favor ?

If anyone feels inclined, please tag your sincerest, most trusted Senators and Representatives with this thread, please ?

We have very talented Dems in our newly minted 116th Congress as well as presidential candidates whom I'm certain share these ideals.
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