Note: On June 24, 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), in a 6-3 decision, held that the Constitution does not grant a right to abortion; thereby, overruling both Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).
Abortion is the proverbial “hot-button issue” or “electrified third-rail.” A subject – about which everyone has (and, perhaps, no one is allowed not to have) an opinion – that arouses fervent energies, indeed, vigorous engagement on both sides of the matter.
SCOTUS has issued its ruling. And streets are filled with proponents and protesters and soundwaves resound with voices of celebration and sorrow.
Much has been said and written. Much more will be said and written.
Speaking always and only for myself, I believe that abortion is a locus of two competing, at times, conflicting moral values. One, the reverence for all (indeed, any) life. Two, the right of women to determine their choices concerning healthcare, including reproductive services.
When moral values clash, I believe it is important to strive to discern a balance so that all may be served; their freedom upheld. In the case of abortion, when articulated in the starkest terms of “pro-life” and “pro-choice”, such seems not possible. When this happens, then I ask: What is the resolution that least infringes on the right of a person to act as an autonomous, sentient, ethical social agent?
In this light, SCOTUS’ decision has legalized a standard of inequality; thus, establishing a norm of permissible disenfranchisement. To wit, there are and will be women who, with access to resources, both monetary and medical, will be free and able to exercise their moral discernment and decision-making. And there are and will be women who, lacking such assets, cannot.
Moreover, SCOTUS, in its ruling, undoing a near-half-century national standard and relegating to each of the fifty states the determination of whether to permit abortion and, if so, how, necessarily and needlessly complicates an inherently, harrowingly difficult matter.
© 2022 PRA
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 By “moral value” I mean a standard of belief and behavior determined by the community, through the course of experience and history, which is believed to promote the people’s health and life’s fulfillment. Although, in principle, a moral value represents the communal will, humans, especially in a free society, exercise liberty of thought and action, which can and does lead to differing views.