Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Women across Afghanistan are afraid their rights and liberties will be stripped away because of the Taliban’s radical religious adherence to Sharia law. Most Afghans oppose this. Strict application of this Islamic legal system has Afghans fearing their own neighbors and friends. They worry that their work on behalf of Americans puts targets on their backs. Many will be killed.
If this strikes you as an abhorrent civil rights crisis, then you should feel the same way about the recently passed Texas anti-abortion law that SCOTUS is allowing to stand. We now see a law in the United States that virtually prohibits what was recognized as the “law of the land” for roughly 50 years. Safe and legal abortion was decided in Roe v. Wade and upheld by subsequent SCOTUS decisions. American women now see their rights and liberties stripped away due to radical religious adherence to someone else’s beliefs. This law provides no dispensation for incest, rape or genetic disorders. The U.S. is a secular republic no longer. Women must cede their personal decision-making to a Taliban-like Republican party. Most Americans oppose this.
This truly bizarre Texas law pits neighbors and strangers against each other. It turns people into vigilante bounty hunters. It puts targets on the backs of women and anyone who assists them in any way when obtaining an abortion. There is no question that primarily lower-income women will be impacted.
The GOP and the so-called religious right want to be known as pro-life, but they’re not. They are merely pro-birth. When asked to help meet the needs of living children to be safe, healthy and educated, they back away. This American Taliban simply wants power over women. And there is more in store ― LGBTQ+ is also in their crosshairs. These are dark days.