Women in the United States have long been underrepresented and discriminated against by white males in positions of power in the business community, and Republican legislators in Congress and state governments consistently vote against women’s interests whether it is for equal pay or reproductive rights. Now women can count the conservative wing of the United States Supreme Court as enemies along with Republicans in Congress.
In a recent interview Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked if the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause applied to sex discrimination. After beating around the bush, Scalia finally answered that, “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.” Clearly, Scalia doesn’t understand the Equal Protection Clause of the amendment because it says, “no state shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” It is not too complicated to discern that “any person” means exactly what it says. It does not say any person except a woman, but Scalia obviously thinks a woman is not a person just like most Republicans who think women do not deserve the same rights and privileges that men are guaranteed in the Constitution.
Scalia has joined the Republicans in Congress who discriminate against women, and now women are in a war against two branches of government. The Republican majority in the House is gearing up to force birthing on women who have been raped or the victims of incest as well as killing Planned Parenthood. The Republicans have made it a priority to restrict a woman’s reproductive rights at the behest of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and their puppets like John Boehner and Rep. Joe Pits (R-Penn).
Representative Pitts was chosen as chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health by the National Right to Life group. Pitts’ committee has jurisdiction over private health insurance, the FDA, and National Institutes of Health. The NRLC claimed that Pitts “has made the protection of the sanctity of innocent human life the cornerstone of his service in the House.” Pitts, John Boehner, and the NRLC do not consider women to be innocent humans worthy of protection any more than Antonin Scalia does.
This is another case of Evangelical Christian organizations influencing and controlling members of Congress to achieve their goal of discriminating against women. These Christian “forced birthers” introduced more than 600 bills to restrict a woman’s right to choose their own reproductive rights, and many of those bills were enacted into law. More often than not, the laws are rejected and overturned by courts because they are manifestly unconstitutional, and yet the forced birthers continue proposing legislation for one simple purpose. Their ultimate goal is to get one or more of these discriminatory laws before the U.S. Supreme Court, and after Scalia’s remarks that the Constitution does not protect women from discrimination, it is easy to understand the court’s decision regarding women’s reproductive health is already done.
In the 112th Congress, there are deals in the works to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. If Republicans are unsuccessful at repealing the full law, they will immediately go after the part of the health-care law that allows federal funding for abortions in the cases of rape or incest. The forced birth advocates are upset that the Stupak amendment denied funding for abortion; except in the case of rape and incest.
There are other attempts in states to enact the Personhood Amendment that says life begins at an unreasonably early stage and in most cases they have defined personhood at the zygote stage. The personhood amendment in Colorado was defeated, but in 30 states, the same legislation is being proposed. The AFA has stated that in most cases, any form of birth control can be construed as murder and in extreme cases they have considered that an ovary is the starting point of life.
The assault on women is founded in the bible, and although women were begrudgingly granted the right to vote, the male chauvinist legislators in the Republican Party consistently have worked to keep women in the subservient, silent position dictated in both the Old and New Testament. Whether it is out of religious dedication or fear of powerful women, the assault on women’s rights by any man is dreadfully wrong.
Now women have to be concerned that a Supreme Court justice doesn’t believe the Constitution protects the rights of women, and it doesn’t bode well for pro-choice groups or women in general. Scalia is part of the 5 man Conservative-wing of the court and is the majority opinion. With the Republican majority in the House, and states that are bent on restricting a woman’s choice concerning their reproductive health, one of the cases is bound to end up before the high court and unless there is impeachment or death, all women are in for serious trouble.
According to the Constitution, any person is entitled to equal protection of the law; not just men. However, when misogynists control the House and the majority of the Supreme Court, there can be no good conclusion for women or their personal choices regarding their reproductive health. Between the forced birth religious fanatics and men who consider women to be subservient, it is not a good time to be a woman in America. Thankfully, there are still men who understand the bible is not the Constitution and realize it is not the source of freedom America was founded on. Indeed, the bible is the antithesis of freedom for any human, and a curse for women’s rights. Women can be assured that although the Republican Party and conservatives have declared a war against them, there are men willing to join them in their current and future battles; they will not fight alone.