A Statement by Brian Higgins, U.S. Congressman for the Buffalo, New York area followed by a Commentary by NAL’s Doug Draper
Posted May 3rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large
On Draft Decision by United States Supreme Court to Strike Down Roe v. Wade
(Buffalo, New York area) Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to a draft decision by the United States Supreme Court which would overturn Roe v. Wade:
“The Supreme Court is on the verge of decimating the rights of women across our country.
“A ruling to completely strike down Roe v. Wade, which has been in place for over 50 years, is a gross backslide of a grueling fight for progress and signals a forewarning that equal rights in America universally are in danger.”
A Brief Footnote and Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
Time For Rest of Us to Tell Extreme Right-Wing, Anti-Abortion Fanatics to Stand Down
The draft ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, leaked to the media and reported for the first time this May 2nd, confirms what I have long thought about a good many older, white right-wing men and women, and their offspring in America – that along with being poisoned with an anger for just about everyone and everything else but them, and with racism for people of non-Christian faiths and colour, they do not like women and they fear the idea of women being granted the same rights and freedoms that they want for themselves.
This hatred for and fear of rights for women has come through loud and clear in this age of Trump where a disproportionate number of older white men and women supported Trump even when more than 25 women came forward with accounts of him sexually assaulting them and even when he was caught bragging on tape about grabbing women’s private parts and getting away with it. Detailed reports of trump paying off a sex performer and prostitute to keep her quiet about her servicing him didn’t even matter.
And now and most recently, we learn of a draft ruling, supported by a majority of judges on the U.S. Supreme court, including the most recent ones appointed by Trump with an eye to overturning abortion rights, to do just that – to take an almost 50-year-old Roe v. Wade top court ruling in favour of abortion rights and throw it in the dumpster.
How off-putting it is that we have all of these right-wing, fundamentalist, white supremacists waging this decades-long war against women’s rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade, all while claiming that they are “Pro-Lifers” who, at the same time, voting against gun safety laws and school lunches for children from impoverished families.
These people who want to deny women fundamental rights to choose what they do with their body are the same ones who have been screaming out ‘My Body, My Choice’to argue against wearing masks or take a vaccine to protect all of us against COVID-19.
It is sickening and it is high time that the rest of us stand up and end the existential threat being posed against our rights and the common good by these right-wing fanatics.
I end here with a powerful video produced by best-selling American author Don Winslow which is now going viral. To watch it, click on the screen below –
The “Hand Maid’s Tale” is becoming a reality. When Atwood was interviewed about it in the 70’s she noted, in the UK they said, “you have a vivid imagination”, in Canada “could that really happen?” and Americans said “how long do we have?”
John Lennon made a quote that is very accurate. Can’t be repeated here but “Woman is the ****** of the world.”
Women historically have been kept “in their place” and the process continues. Wear bags to avoid tempting the poor men. Don’t let them go to school because some might be smarter than the men. Make them work twice as hard for 2/3 the pay. Feticide is practiced in some nations because female offspring are burdens. Women have barely had the vote for 100 years in Canada (1918). What’s the hurry? The only good thing about having to walk behind the men in the Middle East is that the men find the mines first.
Why is so much of the male world so terrified of the power and abilities of women?
If your religion or conscience prohibits abortion, don’t have one but don’t impose your demands on others. Get all excited about losing your rights when asked to wear a mask but try to tell others what to do with their bodies. This opens up the possibility or reversing marriage rights for some like LGBTQ, adoption rights and other rights. The excuse is that abortion rights were not in the Constitution. Neither was the vote for all citizens or the prohibition of slavery.