The United States Supreme Court follows the path of the Taliban

The recent and stunning decision of the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. 50-year-old Wade’s granting of women the right to their own reproductive freedom, privacy and to make health care decisions shook our country and had a gravitational echo around the world .

At the same time, the court makes no attempt to reduce gun violence in the United States, which kills and maims thousands of women, men and children daily.

The United States is meant to be a secular nation and there is a fundamental constitutional separation between religion and state. Nevertheless, Supreme Court justices with life terms have decided that this clear constitutional principle of long-standing opinions and policies is no longer applicable? They followed their historic decision with another by granting prayers in public places and events.

What about the rights of all Americans who do not prescribe to a specific religion or who prescribe to different religions? After all, we are a diverse nation with many religious cultures or none. One would think that the Supreme Court sees itself as the Supreme Court of the Ayatollah or runs a theocracy, not a democracy.

The Taliban in Afghanistan continue to oppress women on many fronts, as do the Ayatollahs of Iran. The United States Supreme Court also oppresses women by taking away their rights to self-determination. There are many countries prohibiting termination of pregnancy solely for religious human interpretation of divine text. We are now shockingly following.

Many American civil rights experts and scholars have seen this unfortunate state of affairs coming and have warned us that any legal authority appointed for life will sooner or later become political, with personal, non-legal opinions, imposing on millions of Americans unilateral and self-righteous opinions. laws completely disconnected from what citizens feel or believe.

For those who applauded the Supreme Court decision, wait and see how it would affect your loved ones, yourself and future generations if and when they find themselves in this precarious and dangerous position of restricting their basic rights to make decisions for their own health. . Today, in many states, even victims of human trafficking, rape and incest are forced to keep the fetus from violence and shame. This is what America did to itself, to its daughters, granddaughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers.

In Iowa, the Republican governor seeking re-election this year rushed to revive the six-week “fetal heart rate ban,” calling the Supreme Court decision timely.

The sad reality of this disgraceful US Supreme Court decision has been followed by Republican governors who have rushed to deliberately ban all abortions, to protect the life of the unborn child who cannot survive independently. from his mother. At the same time, they fail daily to care for and protect the children already born, who are being murdered in their own schools and homes by gun violence, while others are dying of poverty, neglect and malnutrition. The irony here is deafening.

America, be aware of what is yet to come. A personal right erased is only the beginning, and many more will surely follow. Our voting rights have also been restricted under many Republican legislatures. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has already hinted that the right to obtain/use contraceptives will soon follow.

These politically appointed and appointed men and a woman in dresses now believe they are the supreme judge and jury of American women and all Americans. They must be stopped in their tracks by ending this undemocratic system of lifetime appointments.

Power corrupts, and it is now clearly demonstrated by these archaic dictatorial and authoritarian decisions of a handful of unelected men and women.

Shams Ghoneim is a member of the volunteer editorial board of Press-Citizen. This column reflects his own view, not that of the entire board.

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