Churches desecrated and Pro-Life offices firebombed in the wake of Roe v Wade reversal

Jun 29, 2022 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

The media is incandescent with anger and outrage at the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v Wade, which granted abortion as a constitutional right. Yesterday in Parliament the Conservative MP Danny Kruger tried to reason that women don’t have absolute autonomy over their bodies, and was duly heckled in the Chamber and scorned on social media as a “misogynistic sexist dinosaur” (and an awful lot worse).

“I recognise the degree of distress and concern felt by many on the Supreme Court’s decision,” the MP for Devizes said. “The fact is I probably disagree with most members who have spoken so far about this question. They think that women have an absolute right of bodily autonomy in this matter, whereas I think in the case of abortion that right is qualified by the fact that another body is involved.”

For some reason, this is unsayable, despite it being since 1967 the settlement in UK law which indeed affirms that women do not have an absolute right of bodily autonomy.

Nor do men, actually: they might be able to get a hospital to remove their genitalia without much trouble, but it’s a little harder to get a doctor to sign-off on the voluntary amputation of a perfectly healthy arm, or to sell a kidney or a lung to a willing buyer.

Kruger added: “I don’t understand why we are lecturing the US on a judgement to return the power of decision over this political question to the states, to democratic decision, makers rather than having it in the hands of the courts.”

He is quite right, of course. But it’s easier to hurl abuse and scoff and scorn the Christian faith of a “religious Tory MP” than to explain what exactly is the problem with the Supreme Court of the United States determining that the right to kill the baby in the womb (or, if you prefer, the right to expel the product of conception) should be determined by elected politicians who are accountable to the people, rather than by nine Supreme Court justices who are not.

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