The political posts on facebook keep coming. I noticed this week that a few haters of a certain politician were going bananas on her comment regarding the rights of the unborn. For people in my country, the matter in question is covered by the US Constitution, Amendment #14, section 1. It reads:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
As far as I understand it, this is the essence of how a mostly-GOP nominated Supreme Court decided Roe v Wade in 1973. One must be born in the US (or naturalized) to be a citizen and to enjoy the freedoms listed above and equal protection. Is that a problem? I guess we have to blame the Republicans again–they controlled Congress when this amendment was passed and sent to the states for approval.
As far as I understand it, this is why some pro-lifers have recognized that a constitutional amendment is needed to outlaw abortion, and why repeated challenges to state abortion laws are dashed on the existing amendment.
Two or three people on fb remarked that a person was evil for certain comments against the unborn. This is false. Such comments might reveal a naïve hopefulness about law. Or just plain mean-spiritedness wrapped in pro-life clothing. Either way, I don’t have any real hope it will stop.