As we remember the American lives lost to one brand of extremism in 2001 I write to express my concern as yet another example moves through our government and our courts.
Although a brave Texas district judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Texas Right to Life the fact that an anti-abortion group has managed to turn the nation’s clock back and impose a Taliban-worthy restriction on women and the people who care for them in that state has me deeply concerned.
For those unfamiliar, the law which went into effect this week bans abortions after as early as six weeks into pregnancy and allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who ASSISTS a pregnant person seeking an abortion. The fact that it bars abortions just after a fetal heartbeat is detected and in many cases BEFORE a woman knows that she is pregnant is troubling for me. I believe it may be for others, too, especially as it passed review by our Supreme Court and was APPROVED by an expected 5-4 vote.
The court’s established and rookie conservatives voted as expected – a majority opinion regarded by many as a signal for how they will vote in November, when the real challenge to federal abortion rights will come before the court.
I would hope that all thinking people stop to consider this move and others, a callous attempt to hurt Americans and their loved ones in the name of some misguided religious fervor.
Anne Bascombe/ Concord