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12 August, 2022
 
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There is a conflict in US society

Some say that the campaign to ban abortion rights aims to create a large pool of impoverished people for the labor market

Nikos Konstandaras

Nikos Konstandaras

The decision of the US Supreme Court to abolish the right to abortion, leaving each state to judge the issue alone, has many "benefactors". Among them are extremist political organizations with ample funding from billionaire activists, the Republican Party, the Catholic Church, and the evangelical movement. To assess how the situation may develop, we need to take a look at these factors and the context of American politics and society in general.

In the 2016 election campaign, Hillary Clinton stated that as president she would appoint to the Supreme Court only judges who would support the 1973 decision, which guaranteed the right to abortion. Donald Trump said the opposite. He appointed three of the six judges who voted in favor of the abolition when he was president. Trump's promise was aimed at satisfying the large community of Evangelical Church members. Two of Trump's judges are Roman Catholics, and a third one could be (though he did not specify). However, all three of the older majority are Roman Catholics (as is a member of the minority of three).

"It is no coincidence that states that have already rushed to ban abortions are the ones providing the least support to parents and children."

The reasons behind the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion rights, and its intervention with regard to sexuality, are well known. Apart from the "theological" dimension put forward by the faithful, the interventions concern the exercise of power over the human body and the need for many births. As the German theologian Uta Ranke-Heinemann commented in The Eunuchs of the Kingdom of Heaven: The Catholic Church and Sexuality (1988), the Church provides greater protection for hypothetical, future children than "real, young children who are close to death and the hell of war, according to the intolerable, perverted universal doctrine that the real crimes of humanity are committed in the bedroom of married people and not on the battlefields and mass graves."

The campaign, launched decades ago by extremist economists and politicians, with the support of tycoons seeking the abolition of the state, aims to create a large pool of impoverished people for the labor market and the need for war. This can be achieved through the proper formation of regions and other electoral measures, through the strategic appointment of judges, and through the deprivation of rights. It is no coincidence that states that have already rushed to ban abortions are the ones providing the least support to parents and children. This aspect of the case is no longer hidden. The victory of the extreme conservatives may have many "fathers", but society has many "mothers", metaphorically and literally. Women and men who today see the immediate danger of finding themselves without rights, without a voice, without hope.

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